I will be at the New Orleans Poetry Festival next week, where I will be hosting the Coven/Bloof Reading, celebrating the release of Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene and the life of Black Radish Books editor Marthe Reed, … Continue reading
I made a portfolio website using Adobe’s MyPortfolio to show my print design work and some of the book arts education I’ve done, mostly at Indian Springs School, but now also at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. From … Continue reading
My manuscript, How to Know the Flowers, was a finalist through the 2017 Sundress Publications Open Reading Period.
I have joined the low-residency MFA program at Miami University, where Hoa Nguyen and Laura Van Prooyen are the poetry mentors. These poets join the experimental-minded poetry faculty in Miami’s residential MFA program, Keith Tuma, Cathy Wagner, and cris cheek … Continue reading
Glazed Glitter is among the semifinalists for Tarpaulin Sky’s 2017 Book Prize. Glazed Glitter is an erasure text written after the 2016 election and is erased with gold glitter. Excerpts from and about Glazed Glitter were previously published in Radio … Continue reading
Recent Publications: “4 November 2016” from The Daybooks at Dusie Advent Calendar (Dec. 15) “5 June 2016” from The Daybooks at Open Letters Monthly (Feb. 1) Excerpts from two recent visual poetry projects, Glazed Glitter and Reading the Illegible, in Poets & … Continue reading
The .pdf version of TRAUMA MOUTH is now up at Dusie, alongside a huge collection of other chapbooks from Kollectiv 8, edited by rob mclennan and Susana Gardner.
Life-List made the Small Press Distribution bestseller list for July alongside these other amazing books of poetry!
An archive of poems about bodies and geographical space and a Calvino-esque trip through the architecture of dreams inspired partly by the visual art of Noah Saterstrom, Dream House investigates the fantasy of “home.” Each chapter has its own personality, … Continue reading
Linda Russo on Life-List‘s “fierce sense of attentiveness” over at Jacket 2 as part of her beautiful series of critical essays on ecopoetics. And on his blog, rob mclennan writes: Part of what is remarkable about Smith’s work is her use of … Continue reading
I received an email from editor Charles Alexander on Wednesday, appropriately while I was in the air, that Life-List, my second book of poetry, was alive! When I arrived at the AWP Book Fair on Thursday morning I took a … Continue reading
“17 June 2007” is up at Pine Hills Review. Rated M for Mature.
I recently edited The Women in Visual Poetry: the Bechdel Test for Essay Press; it contains conversations between me and K. Lorraine Graham, Michelle Detorie and Gillian Devereux, and Sheila Murphy and K.S. Ernst on the art of visual poetry, as well … Continue reading
8 new poems from The Daybooks project are up at Opon, including 25 December 2007, which is one of the critical “keys” where the project explains itself.
Two new poems from The Daybooks are out in the Spring 2015 issue of MiPoesias, edited by Sarah Blake! This issue has a lot of interesting use of narrative/line/space.
To try to render memory in poetry, I want to disrupt the conventional “look” of the poem in favor of fragmentation and multilinearity, although I know that the reader must follow one track at a time through the poem. I … Continue reading
30 March 2005 (about mourning for Creeley); 6 may 2011 (breakup poem); 31 October 2002 (about leaving my abusive ex) all up at Drunken Boat, thanks to the editorial assistance of Michelle Chan Brown.
Susana Gardner and I are about 2/5 of the way through the Delirious Hem Advent Calendar and my poem about UVA’s Rape Culture is up here. My colleague Douglas Ray and I are teaching book review writing through our respective classes, … Continue reading
I’m curating the Delirious Hem Advent Calendar this year with help from its founder, Dusie editor Susana Gardner. The series will run every day from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 (like an Advent Calendar). This year, we’re addressing rape culture … Continue reading
“22 October 2013 / Birmingham” is up at Open Letters Monthly (thanks to poetry editor Maureen Thorson). The text includes bits of Anne Waldman’s book First Baby Poems.
Poet Michael Wells tagged me to answer some questions for the Writing Process Blog Tour, a linked meme of interview questions for writers to get a chance to reflect on their work. QUESTION #1: What are you working on? I have a … Continue reading
I have a new poem about PTSD and Häagen Dazs up at Boston Poetry Magazine. Thanks to editor Mike Jewett! Like these other poems, “30 January 2014 / January” is part of my manuscript, The Daybooks.
Time, which eats its own children, wants to pull everything in, and Silliman’s revelator fights back with the same weapon. My review of Ron Silliman’s Revelator (BookThug 2013) in Jacket2.
The Literary Mothers project is publishing short essays about one’s “literary mother” (by both women and men). Mine, on Susan Howe, is up this week on their tumblr.
7 July 2005 / Stockholm From my ongoing Daybooks project, a poem about ear wax at Zigest magazine.
8 June 2009 / Buffalo A poem about the first time my friend/now husband told me he loved me, now up at Newport Life for NaPoWriMo, thanks to editor Susana Gardner.
11 February 2004 / Buffalo I’m quietly plugging along at my NaPoWriMo, and The Rumpus is featuring a poem each day in April. Today, one of my recent poems is up here.
Some mini ekphrastic poems about the Nazca lines and Nazca pottery are up at 17 seconds. These are part of a series of little “light-touch” ekphrastic poems, some of which were recently in The Brooklyn Rail and some of which are … Continue reading
John Bloomberg-Rissman digs into my completely erased text, Zen, over at Bibliotheca Invisibilis. You can get your own copy (.pdf or printed) here.
A handful of my recent ekphrastic poems are up at The Brooklyn Rail. These are from a series about mothers and their children inspired by an old book discarded from our library, A Gallery of Mothers and their Children* (Marian King, … Continue reading
Derek Fenner’s The Emerald Tablet, a collection of writing responding to the Emerald Tablet, was initially published in a small run and only available to contributors and friends– a kind of “secret book.” It is now available to the general … Continue reading
Welcome to Boog City 7.5 Festival Program I helped book the Boog City Festival for President’s Day weekend. If you’re in Brooklyn, check it out!
In the Library with the Lead Pipe on Poet-Librarians
From 2006-2008, Maureen Thorson published small chapbooks called “tinysides,” which began as a large folded sheet of paper with a colored cover, saddle-stitched into an uncut codex with binding thread. If I remember correctly, she got the idea while trying … Continue reading
After some time off from my own poetry,* I pulled together a book manuscript last Fall and have spent 2013 editing and adding to it, entering it in contests, writing new poems, and otherwise newly engaging in the poetry community … Continue reading
While working at the SFSU Poetry Center, Melissa Eleftherion Carr developed the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, a digital repository of chapbooks that she intended to function by exchange: when you uploaded your own chapbooks, you would gain access to the … Continue reading
The Chapbook Journal is a periodical that collects new and reprinted chapbooks in one codex. Vol. 2 focuses on Alabama writers and includes chapbooks by Patti White, Emma Bolden, Jim Hilgartner, Jennifer Horne, Laura Hendrix Ezell, and Michael Martone. My included … Continue reading
My colleague and friend Douglas Ray and I went to Oxford, MS yesterday to read in Michael Martin Shea‘s Trobar Ric reading series (which he inherited from Tim Early; recent readers have included Adam Clay and Ada Limon, and Douglas … Continue reading
A memorial book for the family of CJ Martin and Julia Drescher, now available for pre-order here
I had fun reading poetry in Ottawa last weekend and meeting a bunch of cool poets, including my publisher rob mclennan and my co-readers Amanda Earl and Marilyn Irwin. I read from my recent chapbook mnemotechnics (available here). Recording here. … Continue reading
With each line as deliberate as a brushstroke, Smith constructs scenes on standalone details, which – like the birds she muses – contribute insights best when taken as a flock. Ryan Pratt in Ottawa Poetry Newsletter
Creativity is something that is inherent in everyone, but it gets beaten down a lot in our production-focused educational and economic systems. The library remains a democratizing and nurturing environment where creativity can thrive. New Boog City (.pdf) with an interview … Continue reading
Yeah, so I missed a few days. We bought a house. People buy houses all the time, and it seems like it must be an easy process because people do it all the time, but it’s not easy. It wasn’t … Continue reading
1. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) The Great American Novel was written by a Russian aristocratic expat, and one of its two main characters is a similar European expat– but then, most of us came here from elsewhere, and until recently, English wasn’t … Continue reading
What the Heck is NaPoWriMo
I wrote four partial poems today. Here’s one. It’s from a new “project” (I think of poems in terms of groups of them, usually chapbook-sized groups, rather than individual poems) of ekphrastic poems. When I was first thinking about Plasticity … Continue reading
Here’s an example of a poem that still needs to be built. So far we have some birds, some Wordsworth, and a Mayan myth about where hummingbirds got their color. I should probably add more information about migration, because I … Continue reading