New Poems + Publishing Malaise

I have poems in the new issue of Mortar Magazine: “Before the Geyser” and “The Stones.” My writing is accompanied by the gorgeous street art of Tamara Alves. You can listen to audio of my readings on their site as well.

You will also find three of my poems in the newest issue of Requited Journal, a journal I admire for its experimentation and commitment to publishing the marginal. I’m always on the lookout for journals that showcase underrepresented voices. I crave originality and fresh perspective in writing more than anything else. I’m grateful to those editors who strive for a spectrum.

I think I’m going to take a break from submitting so much and just focus on the writing. So much time is devoted to this cycle, this endless grind, but the actual writing is always what brings me the most pleasure and sense of accomplishment. Publication is just a bonus. I have to remind myself about that sometimes.

Recommended Reading #8

  1. “What I Miss Most About Hell” by Eugenia Leigh
  2. “When I Was Straight” by Julie Marie Wade
  3. “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin” by Terrance Hayes
  4. “Ellen West” by Frank Bidart
  5. “St Zelda’s” by Allison Pinkerton
  6. “Woman of the Century” by Claire Polders
  7. “The Falling” by Michael Schmeltzer
  8. “Saudade” by Traci Brimhall
  9. “Self-Portrait as Vessel for Debris” by Heather Cox
  10. “In Which Athena Designs a Video Game with the Express Purpose of Trolling Her Father” by Amber Sparks
  11. “Girl” by Alexander Chee
  12. Poetry, April 2018 issue

New Look, New Writing

I’ve changed the look of the site so that it’s more focused on my writing and less just like a personal blog. The blog will still remain for updates and the occasional anecdote I’d like to share, but I don’t want it to be the focus. I’ve updated my list of publications since many of the journals that published my writing have closed. I used to joke that I was the grim reaper of literary magazines—since so many journals seem to go defunct right after they publish me. But I guess that’s just the nature of publishing, whether online or print.

But here are some newer publications:

  • I have a flash in Fanzine that was inspired by an article I read online about gay people being more haunted than straight people. Yes, it was a real article and not a parody.
  • I have a short coming-of-age story told in fragments in the newest issue of Gone Lawn. I’m very proud of this one.

I’m currently in the brainstorming stage of a novel, sort of. I’ve never written a novel before, apart from a godawful fantasy when I was in high school that was really more like fan fiction. I’m starting with the characters since some of them have been in my mind for many years. I’m just letting them wander and interact now. Let’s see where this goes.

In Memoriam: Zach Doss

I’m devastated and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of writer Zach Doss. Although we never got to meet in person, I got to know Zach online through his tweets and his writing. We corresponded through email throughout the years, sharing works-in-progress with each other and offering feedback and support. I loved his fabulist fiction with a queer bent and quickly found him to be a comrade-in-quills. I vicariously lived through his MFA experience and was looking forward to reading his story collection someday. When he graduated and was looking for work, I suggested he apply to my workplace. We had an open position in my department at the time. He had a phone interview with my boss and she said he was an absolute delight. She was almost ready to offer him the job but he ultimately decided Florida was not for him and went to pursue a PhD in writing in California. I have to admit, in hindsight, my recommendation for him to move here was mostly selfish – I imagined us hanging out at bookstores, becoming better friends, yelling at people to read each other’s books. We had planned on meeting eventually at the AWP conference, but I was unfortunately unable to attend this year.

Zach was an original talent and absolutely unapologetic in his love for the literary community. His passing is a huge loss. My thoughts are with his family during this time. Although he is gone now, he will continue to live on through the hearts of his loved ones and friends, and of course, through his stellar writing.

Here are some of my favorite stories he had published:

The 2017 Memory Jar Project

Contents:

  • Ticket stubs for Garbage & Blondie concert
  • Ticket stubs for the Birch Aquarium
  • Ticket stub for Wonder Woman movie
  • Receipts and tickets to see Roxane Gay at Books & Books
  • Anonymous suggestion from my workplace for improving productivity: “Fire [redacted]”
  • Ticket bracelet for Supercon
  • Play die and game card from GameRoom
  • Cross with rainbow pin
  • Animal Crossing “Pelly” keychain
  • Wrapper from Pokemon trading cards booster pack
  • Bottle cap item from Pokemon event
  • Ticket stub and photo for special screening of Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Our wedding invitation
  • “J&D” wedding centerpiece item
  • Map for Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego
  • “Happy 1st Anniversary!” taped on my cubicle from my workplace
  • Cork keychain wedding favor from friend’s wedding
  • Flyer for South Florida Poetry Journal reading