Working Class Poetry: Or Work From the Two Americas

Working Class Poetry: Or Work From the Two Americas

I’m still amazed every day at the two Americas we live in. I was raised in the other one, the one I escaped. My entire biological family, minus a few, are Trump supporters. I grew up hearing racist things spoken by caregivers every single day. My mother, a...
A Poem About the Founding of America in Harpur Palate

A Poem About the Founding of America in Harpur Palate

My poem “Vanishing Point” is currently available in Issue 16.1 of Harpur Palate. Harpur Palate is the acclaimed national literary journal published twice each year by the English Department at Binghamton University. They print poetry, fiction, and creative...
Writing What Scares You: Poetry About Suffering

Writing What Scares You: Poetry About Suffering

Poetry about suffering can be difficult to write. Many of us want to forget our darkest moments, not remember them, or even worse: immortalize them in published form. And writing about painful subjects does bring up more pain. There’s no doubt about that. Why...
3 Poetry Writing Tips for Finding Your “Triggering Town”

3 Poetry Writing Tips for Finding Your “Triggering Town”

Many poets, including myself, struggle to find inspiration. What kinds of situations produce the best poems? Are there certain topics that are naturally more poetic than others? What conditions are best for writing poetry? As I explain below: the answers to such...
Three Poems About Western Living in the The Adirondack Review

Three Poems About Western Living in the The Adirondack Review

Three of my latest poems, “Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand,” “Intergothic,” and “Hunger Signification,” are currently available in the Fall 2016 issue of The Adirondack Review. The Adirondack Review has published poetry, fiction,...
How to Get Poetry Published, Part 2: Hit the Lit Magazines Hard

How to Get Poetry Published, Part 2: Hit the Lit Magazines Hard

In Part 1 of this post, I explained that writing good poetry is hard, and that the best ways to get good at it are to read a lot of contemporary poets, hone your craft, be your own worst critic, and consider taking some classes in it. In Part 2 I will explain some of...