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Poetry Forms: Glosa

| January 13, 2020

The glosa or glose is known as a Spanish form, though I haven’t been able to find any information about its origins other than it being a medieval Spanish form. The basic rules are simple: take a quatrain (four lines) from another poem, and use each of those lines as the final line in a […]

Four Poems Out in the Write Like You’re Alive 2019 Anthology!

| January 7, 2020

The Write Like You’re Alive 2019 anthology is out now from Tangent Press, including four of the poems I wrote during the month of August! My contributions are “For My Sisters, A Bequest,” “Tiny Tornadoes,” “Secret Gladiolus,” and “The Final Winter.” They’re a mix of fantasy and post-apocalyptic poetry. They’re joined in the anthology with work […]

Setting Goals for 2020

| January 2, 2020

Now that it’s 2020, it’s time to start looking at my writing goals for this coming year! Top of my list for this year is looking for an agent. I’ve got a young adult book that is pretty close to being ready to query agents with, so that’s going to be at the top of […]

Poetry Forms: Paradelle

| December 23, 2019

The paradelle is one of my favorite forms of really ridiculous poetry. United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins made it up as a JOKE. But I latched onto it as an interesting and somewhat challenging form that I could logic my way through. And folks, I do love a challenge I can solve with logic! […]

“Fixer-Upper” now out! (Plus a haiku!)

| December 17, 2019

My latest story in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide series of anthologies is out now. This year, I’ve got another sci-fi story in the anthology, called “Fixer-Upper.” It’s a post-apocalyptic story about sisters trying to follow their dreams. In spite of the post-apocalyptic setting, it’s a fairly upbeat story with people making the best out of […]

A Story and a Poem

| December 5, 2019

I have both a story reprint and a new poem out recently! The story is “Far from Home,” which appears in the November 2019 issue of Frostfire Worlds. This one is available only in print. The poem is “Radiance and Obscurity (A Paradelle),” which appears in the November 2019 issue of Liquid Imagination. This one is one […]

2019 Awards Eligibility

| November 26, 2019

It’s the time of year when folks start posting lists of their stories and books from the past year that are eligible for award nominations. And here are mine! Flash Fiction: “Coffin Coffee Table,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (March 2019). “Brick-Red Love,” The Arcanist (April 2019). Also available in The Arcanist: Year Two. “Safe Haven,” Five Minutes at Hotel […]

Poetry Forms: Cascade

| November 25, 2019

Today, I’m talking about cascade poems. This is a relatively easy form by the “rules.” You write one stanza. Then the remaining stanzas have the same number of lines as your first stanza, and each one ends with a sequential line from the first stanza. There’s no rhyme scheme to worry about (unless you choose […]

Two New Poems Out!

| October 31, 2019

I’ve got two new poems out to finish up October! “Definitely Not Haunted” is included in the inaugural issue of The Macabre Museum, out today! It’s my take on real estate listings that use euphemisms like “Fixer Upper!” and other such things to disguise the fact that there are problems with a property. You can buy […]

Poetry Forms: The Golden Shovel

| October 28, 2019

One of the early forms of poetry I played around with was the golden shovel. The form takes its name from a Terrance Hayes poem, which took its name from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, “We Real Cool,” that includes the line “The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.” Using Gwendolyn Brooks poems as the […]