Last winter I was obsessed with two long form essays on jetliner wheel well stowaways run by The Guardian, and the result is this poem. It wouldn’t have come into being without the sensitive guidance of Jason Schneiderman who helped me navigate the ethics of such a piece.
Found poetry is very much a new form for me and I’ve enjoyed discovering the work of other poets in this process. Issue 26 and all previous issues of Unlost have amazing work by poets working with found elements, redaction, and other hallmarks of this genre.
Way back in December I heard that a poem of mine had been selected for a special anthology “The Atelier of Healing: Poetry About Trauma & Recovery”.
The pandemic shifted plans for the anthology, but it recently came to life in a gorgeous online form. I’m still taking it all in, it’s a beautiful project. The editors Eric F. Tinsay Valles and Desmond F. X. Kon ZC-MD had a unique vision and it’s really something.
My poem ‘November’ is third in an amazing line-up in Issue #15 of Sky Island Journal. It’s a gorgeous collection of work from diverse authors — poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Very grateful to be part of it.
I’ve had wonderful experiences with a growing number of literary journals, but the editors of Sky Island Journal have a passion for supporting their writers that has been next-level-incredible to discover. From the thoughtfully detailed feedback on the poem they selected and why they were so excited to choose it, through the whole process of preparing for publication, and then right before publication day I received a handwritten postcard from the editorial team with thanks for being a part of it. Wow!
Thank you Jeff and Jason, and Sky Island Journal!To other writers out there: do check out this digital journal with a truly global readership. It’s gorgeously curated and full of excellent writing. If it feels like a good fit, go for it — the whole experience is just exceptional.
When I picked up writing again four years ago, I leaned hard into poetry, but my mentor, the amazing Jason Schneiderman, spotted right away that a short piece I sent him to read last winter was the beginnings of a short memoir.