I’m a poet, teacher, essayist, activist, parent, husband, and spiritual creature.
INTERESTS: If you want to get me really excited, ask me about
- Sexuality and the body in avant-garde poetry
- The role of white folks in undoing racism and working for collective liberation
- Catholic identity and radical politics
- Spirituality in Romantic and contemporary post-Romantic poetry
- The contemporary poetry of Latin America and the Maghreb (North Africa and Andalucia)
- Punk rock
- Teaching the incarcerated
- Applying anti-oppressive pedagogy to poetry education
MY WORK: Poetry. You can read my poems in Fog Machine, The Stockholm Review of Literature, THEthe poetry, Jellyfish, Propeller, H_NGM_N, Till, Denver Quarterly, Flood Stage: an Anthology of St. Louis Poets, Super Arrow, Microfilme, La Fovea, Volt, Lo-Ball, The Stranger‘s Seattle Poetry Chain, Alive at the Center, Poetry International and Pleiades. If you make me a mixtape, I’ll mail you a zine. For four years, I also co-edited the poetry journal Thermos along with Zach Savich, Andy Stallings, and Melissa Dickey.
Teaching. I’m on Seattle’s Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster, available to teach creative writing to students 3rd grade and up through Seattle Public Schools. I also teach (along with a variety of fabulous partners) creative writing to women incarcerated at KCJ. Here are three places online to read my students’ writing; here’s an article about my teaching work. If you’re interested in teaching and supporting inmates at KCJ, send me a note in this page’s comments.
Activism. I’m an ex-member/big fan of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites. I’m a member of the Human Rights Pen Pal program, corresponding with politicized inmates in solitary confinement in California. I’m part of the Golf Pencil Group, an advocacy organization supporting the human and educational rights of inmates in King County Jail in Seattle.
Poetics. I’m a contributing editor at Poetry Northwest: here’s a recent piece on Mei Mei Berssenbrugge and one on Frederick Seidel. For two years, I also kept a column on poetics for the blog of the Kenyon Review. A few columns I’m especially proud of: a series on Cordwainer Smith, surrealism, and instrumental consciousness, one on James Baldwin, and one on the nostalgia of old dystopias.
Interviews. With Maggie Nelson, on her book The Argonauts, in The Conversant. With Eric Weisbard, on the twentieth anniversary of his SPIN Alternative Record Guide, in Berfrois. With Van Choojitarom, a brilliant and unclassifiable writer, in Kenyon Review Online (part 1 and part 2).
Reviews. On Valerie Mejer Caso, in Poetry Northwest. On Jane Wong, in Full Stop. On Erica Mena and Robert Fernandez, in Jacket2. On Frederick Seidel, in Poetry Northwest. On Corina Copp and Ben Fama, in Kenyon Review Online. On Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, in Poetry Northwest. On Emily Wilson and Julie Carr, in Kenyon Review Online. On Norman Dubie, in Poetry Northwest. On Sara Gridley, John Cross, and Lance Phillips, in Kenyon Review Online. On Kiki Petrosino, in Rain Taxi. On Susan Tichy, Polina Barskova, and Novica Tadic, in Jacket2. Gonna periodically re-post on my blog old pieces I like that aren’t otherwise available online.
Spirituality. I attend St. Mary’s Parish in Seattle, and I’m a contributor at The Inbreaking, the newspaper of the Seattle Catholic Worker: here’s a piece I published there on anti-oppression work and liberation theology; and one on Islamophobia and ISIS. I’m also a contributor at Young Adult Catholics, a webspace for young lefty and dissenting Catholics: here are two essays on liberation, despair, doubt, and God I’ve published there: “Deep Space Deep Time Deep Soul” and “Honored Guests.”
Other stuff. I’m a member of the band Princess Seismograph, and I once co-wrote a semi-famous novelty song that you can find on Youtube. If you wanna read my Dungeons & Dragons fiction, look through back issues of Pathfinder magazine.
Also, a poem to me by one of my best friends and favorite poets!
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Camp name: Freshwater Merman. What’s yours?