Hey Friends, I have a poem in this forthcoming anthology, The poem, Lost & Found, which is in my second book, Grass Whistle, is about my own coming of age, and having it included in this anthology feels like a cosmic resolution to the reason I started writing my Pokey Mama blog o so long … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Everything
Thanks to y'all, I'm about half way toward my goal for CNA! And hey, I'm writing every day, which is also a gift. I've started a series of linked prose poems, about the pandemic, and what's going on in my personal life these days. Kind of like a golden shovel or crown of sonnets (if … Continue reading 42% there!
Yep, I'm doing the 30 Poems in November fundraiser again for the Center for New Americans. CNA welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. This year, we aim to raise $50,000. You know the drill: I try to write a poem a day for 30 … Continue reading Oops, I Did it Again
Hey, I'm going to read at the historic home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, MA , with three other fine poets. (French made this famous statue of that famous guy, Abe Lincoln. Chesterwood is a cool place with contemporary sculpture and trails, and a great day trip--get out of the house! … Continue reading VOP at Chesterwood: Live Reading!
Sadly, we will have to reschedule these two fine poets for another day. Stay tuned for news about the April reading... Kristin Bock & Janaka Stucky Sunday, March 29, 4pm Ashfield Lake House Those Winter Sundays, named after the Robert Hayden poem, takes place the last Sunday of the month at the Ashfield Lakehouse during … Continue reading Those Winter Sundays Poetry Series: Bock & Stucky–Cancelled
It’s that time again--I’m asking you to support me in a labor of love and community, the 30 Poems in November fundraiser to benefit the Center for New Americans. The deal is, I promise to write a poem a day for the month of November—not necessarily the best poems I’ll ever write, but I always … Continue reading 30 Poems in November
Why? because it's National Poetry Month, which means there are SO many good readings, and only one of you. Use your time wisely. Save the date for these two beauties: Rebel-Yes Bitchez Read! Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm Ashfield Lake House In honor of National Poetry Month and Dre, Queen of the Ashfield Lake House, five … Continue reading The Cruelest Month
Once again I’m raising money for the Center for New Americans, in Northampton, MA. Center for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the under-served immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to … Continue reading 30 Poems in November
I don't know about you, but I love small festivals. I like the intimacy and connection. You can actually TALK to people! So I'm pleased as punch to report that I'm part of two panels at the 2018 New Hampshire Poetry Fest, together with a slew of knockout poets--check it out! 9:15-10:30 May We Carry … Continue reading New Hampshire Poetry Fest
One week from today! Support organizations doing great work on behalf of immigrants and new Americans in our community and enjoy poetry from Leslie Marie Aguilar, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Tamiko Beyer, Oliver de la Paz, Kirun Kapur and Ocean Vuong. Here's a preview of the poetry in store for you in a special feature over … Continue reading Tesserae: Poetry of Community