from the voice of the lady in the moon (black warrior review) One of my most favorite journals to read Black Warrior Review invited me to write a craft essay (which ended up being a lyric essay) for my poems “From the Voice of the Lady in the Moon.” The poems are in their latest […]

dear blank space + how to build an american home Happy New Year! I spent mine in bed with a terrible flu, so my start to 2016 was: foggy, bleary. But I am proud of this piece “Dear Blank Space: A Literacy Narrative,” which closed out the year in Entropy magazine (and was included on LitHub […]

poor claudia + tarpaulin sky + the normal school I’ve been reading their series on poetics since it began, so I’m very happy to have a little lyric essay, “A Poetics of Iteration,” at Poor Claudia. Also my manuscript, House A, was a finalist for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, and although they won’t be publishing […]

hikikomori: salt constellations It was enriching to work with the AGNI editors, especially Jennifer Alise Drew, who sharpened the essay’s experience, examining my sentences with me even more closely. I’m a slow writer (I feel like a snail or jellyfish), and I began writing this essay in the middle of tumultuous years. Publishing it was unexpectedly […]

on the essay “This is an impossible communication: but that’s the only kind we want.” “The Voyager Golden Record is the furthest edge of longing.” “This is not a desperate experiment, or an essay ‘about’ desperation. It is in no way ‘loose’—we are simply looking for ‘the one.’” “An essay is a kind of powerlessness. […]

{secret} gardens

“It has something to do with preserving life’s mystery; with leaving certain things undescribed, unspecified, and unknown; with savoring certain emotions… It depends on an intensified sense of life’s preciousness and fragility” “Each of us has a certain resolute innerness—a kernel of selfhood that we can’t share with others… There can be something enjoyable, even […]