A suggestion for Sherman Alexie and the Best American series (and publishers in general)

For those unfamiliar with the controversy, here is a short recap, as I understand it: In the 2015 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology, this year’s editor, Sherman Alexie, unwittingly included a poem by “Yi-Fen Chou,” a person whose name I put in quotes because he doesn’t exist — “Yi-Fen Chou” is, in fact, a pen … More A suggestion for Sherman Alexie and the Best American series (and publishers in general)

Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour

A few days ago, Hagridden turned 1 year old. It’s walking around and eating solid food and everything. (More tomorrow on Hagridden at one year old!) To celebrate, I took the novel on the road, joining Hagridden‘s older, smaller half-sibling, Box Cutters, and my sunnyoutside pressmate Christopher Bowen on his Burning River Prose and Poetry … More Hagridden’s birthday and the Burning River West Coast Tour

Brianna Pike, National Poetry Month, and Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project

I love poetry. I love reading it, I love studying it, I love teaching it. I’m not very good at writing it. But that shouldn’t stop me from practicing it. So I’ve been planning for a while to spend April — National Poetry Month — writing a poem a day, just for the exercise of … More Brianna Pike, National Poetry Month, and Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project

Hey poets, be good literary citizens. No more excuses.

My friend — and one of my favorite poets, which is why I’m friends with her — Brianna Pike has some deceptively simple but necessary advice for all us writers, especially as we all head off to the literary smorgasbord that is AWP (where I’m looking forward to seeing Bri at her panel discussion!): Hey … More Hey poets, be good literary citizens. No more excuses.

Booklist 2014

It’s time again, gang, for my annual reading list. This year’s been quite light, actually — I felt like I’d read quite a bit, but turns out I managed just under 60 books. Does it count that I reread my own novel something like seven times in revisions before it came out in August? My summer months were slowest, which … More Booklist 2014