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Split Rock Review

Honored to have three of my found poems published in Split Rock Review issue 10.



Streetcake is an online magazine that publishes “exciting writing that is visual, innovative and experimental.” I’m very pleased that they’ve selected one of my found poems to appear in Issue 56. (More Streetcake on Facebook.)

and yet another…

Always surprised to discover that a poem has been published for some months. Here’s one in Jazz Cigarette #5 (publication subsequently renamed petrichor).

four more

yet more!

Delighted to have two of my found poems in issue 5 of Riggwelter, which definitely takes the cake for journal names. According to the press, riggwelter (verb) is “a dialect word from the North of England: a sheep, having fallen onto its back, being unable to right itself is said to be riggweltered (e.g., bloody thing’s riggweltered again).”

To see the poems, at the link, click through to pages 31 and 53.

and more!

Surprised to discover five of my found poems published in Permafrost Magazine 39.2. They were accepted back in April, but I wasn’t notified that they had been published. Happy discovery!


say something

just published

thank you!

Seven years ago today I took it in my mind to create a blog. More than twenty-two hundred posts later, chocolate is a verb seems to have a life, and an audience, of its own. I am extremely grateful to you for your visits, your Likes, and your comments, and hope this is just one of the many expressions of gratitude you will experience in this season of thanks.

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Beechwood Review

Just received my print copy of Beechwood Review 3 that includes three of my found poems. Fully half of the issue is visual works in color — found poems, erasures, collage, etc. Thanks, Beechwood!

Epigraph Magazine

Calamus Journal

Word For/Word

box o’ books

Very excited to finally have in hand the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) anthology, 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press).

Each August, hundreds of people from around the world write and mail a daily poem on a postcard — spontaneous, un-edited, and, more often than not, going to a complete stranger. 2016 was the tenth anniversary of APPF, and the anthology was assembled to honor the occasion. It includes poems and full-color images selected from the participants’ submissions. I was honored to be invited to co-edit the collection with Paul Nelson and Ina Roy-Faderman.

A number of free book-launch-poetry-postcard events are scheduled and more are in the works:

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Bellingham, Washington
Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation
at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
A conversation about the possibilities of postcard poetics with panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy-Faderman, and Joanna Thomas, plus moderator Paul Nelson. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, and may even lead exercises or offer prompts. As a bonus, there will be a postcard exchange: bring unused postcards (commercial or handmade) and take home an equal number contributed by others. (J.I. Kleinberg, coordinator) Click for PDF event flyer with panelist bios.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Tacoma, Washington
56 Days of August Book Launch
at King’s Books
Readings by contributing poets — just one of many events scheduled for the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00pm
Portland, Oregon
56 Days of August Anthology: PDX Launch Event & Poetry Reading
at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Readings by contributing poets

56 Days of August will be for sale at each event and online. In addition, there’s a 56 Days of August Indiegogo campaign to cover a variety of costs. There are some swell perks — primarily signed copies of poetry books due out this winter. Have a look, buy a book, and please join us at one of these events.

Frida and friends

Frida and Friends
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00pm

at the Deming Library, Deming, Washington

Frida Kahlo, the dynamic Mexican painter, is recognized today for her artistic talent and for her courage in dealing with adversity. This reading will gather a group of poets to read their work and celebrate strong women. Susan J. Erickson, the featured reader, will share work from her recently published book of poems in women’s voices, Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine, which includes poems in the voice of Frida. (Frida “herself” will make a guest appearance at the reading!)

Please join the following poets in celebrating with Susan J. Erickson, Frida and Friends: Lois Holub, Stephanie Hopkinson, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg, C.J. Prince, and Leslie Wharton.

PS: Susan will offer one of her handcrafted collage cards with images of some of the women from the book with each purchase of her book.

new zine

just published

Clementine Unbound

just published!

Very pleased to have five recent found poems selected for the Summer edition of Menacing Hedge, plus a very early one included in the Scary Bush section of the journal.

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