Literary Arts

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The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities is using my book of poems, Fjords vol. 1, to teach literacy to some of their adult clients. They’ve been interpreting some of the poems in their art classes. As a poet, too rarely do you get to see the evidence of the work the poems are doing without you there, after you’ve written them, so this news makes me incredibly happy and proud. 

Can you guess to which Fjords poem they belong? 

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Today, Literary Arts announced the finalists for the 2015 Oregon Book AwardsI’m beyond honored to tell you that my fourth book of poems, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean), is now the third of mine to be nominated for an Oregon Book Award. It was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy among some brilliant poetry titles by Wendy Chin-Tanner, Emily Kendal Frey, Endi Bogue Hartigan, and Dawn Diez Willis. There are so so many worthy books of poems written in Oregon each year, so I’m continually encouraged by, and thankful for Literary Arts for shining such a bright spotlight upon these books I’ve been writing.