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About afw

many things ~

poetry is bliss

Writer & Teacher

Ink and Ink and Flesh and Length, a collection of 100-word prose poems, will be launched at the London Book Fair in March 2024 through the Black Spring Press Group. In 2019 the manuscript was shortlisted for the Sexton Prize for Poetry.

Immediacy, intelligibility, heart, and depth that unfolds in multiple readings; this is what my poetry moves toward. Precision of image, narrative, and language are central.  As is letting the flow of language shift and tones mix. My work has won Canada Council Arts Grants and Eisner Prizes among other honors.  Six Months’ Rent (Black Moss Press), Pregnant Poems (Black Moss Press), Into the Peculiar Dark (Mercury Press & bpNichol Foundation), and The Exit Show (Palimpsest Press) are my full-length published poetry books. when the light of any action ceases (Finishing Line Press) is my recent poetry chapbook. I completed interdisciplinary American Literature and Culture doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley.

At San José State University I teach writing with a focus on roles of women, environmental change, social justice, and the world we want to live in. Classes support peer connection and collaboration. Working together helps us all succeed.

I am at LinkedIn here, Facebook here, Cinnamon Girl here, and San José State University here.

A long ago and far away interview in Night Music Journal is here

Photo by Misha Bruk.