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If you can get your hands on a copy of Valley Voices, do it! The spring 2020 issue features poems by Angela Ball, Allison Campbell and myself, as well as an essay by Joseph Holt. It’s always nice to see poems find a good home in such good company.

We might not be able to gather in the real world, but there’s always the printed / coded page. Stay safe, and stay well.

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I have exciting news to share: My new collection of poems, The Apidictor Tapes, will be published by New Rivers Press in 2021!

I’m looking forward to working with the talented folk at this teaching press, located at Minnesota State University Moorhead. (And how fitting is it that I found out about this book’s new home while traveling in the Beehive State?!)

The reading & launch of my new chapbook E.D. Liberations in Chicago was a lot of fun, and it was great to meet three fellow Dancing Girl Press poets.

Please help me welcome my new chapbook into the world!

As of today, E.D. Liberations is available for pre-order from Dancing Girl Press. This collection of erasures channels the fierce woman hidden inside Emily Dickinson’s highly structured poetry. You can check it out here: https://dulcetshop.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/e-d-liberations-annette-c-boehm

If you’re in Chicago on Sep 10th, why not drop by the Columbia College Library at 7pm for a launch reading – you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the chapbook there, too. All welcome! ❤

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One of my superhero poems, “Jennifer Walter Remembers,” appeared in Rabbit Catastrophe Review #14. The issue is stunning in itself, what with the hand-printed cover, the hand-sewn binding, and a delightfully smooth choice of paper (60 lb Cougar Natural Paper, in case you’re interested). A news erasure poem, “Explosion,” appeared in Pleiades recently, and more poems are forthcoming in a handful of journals.

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altered from: Daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson, c. 1847. Amherst College Special Collections.

In somewhat bigger news, I’m delighted that Dancing Girl Press will release my chapbook of Emily Dickinson erasures later this year! Once I was finished writing (or unwriting, if you will) these poems, DGP was the first place that came to mind – I couldn’t think of a better home for this chapbook. DGP already published my first chapbook, The Five Parts of Love – Confabulating Sappho, way back in 2012. This time, rather than confabulating (spinning poems around Sappho’s poetry fragments), I’m erasing, liberating a voice from Emily Dickinson’s existing poetry.

I also have two full-length manuscripts I’m fiddling with / sending out, so fingers crossed.

Here’s to a new year full of poetry!

…well, maybe not, but put Bone Bouquet on your reading list just in case. It’s a poetry (print) journal I adore, and I am thrilled to have a poem in the latest issue.

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I’m excited for this new book by David Lehman and Angela Ball, and not just because I’m in it. David Lehman’s Next Line, Please over at The American Scholar is a cool, fun project that’s been running for years, and this book is full of prompts and poetry from the project. While I haven’t read the actual book yet (it comes out in mid-March, so two weeks from now), it promises to be a good source of ideas / starting points, and my copy will have its place on my shelf next to The Daily Poet (Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano), another great resource I keep coming back to. If you like getting prompts and sharing your responses, head over to Next Line, Please for a new theme every Tuesday!

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No worries, I’ve not been pushing daisies (or snowdrops)! Hibernating a bit, but now I’m back and ready for 2018.

While the December issue of the New Welsh Reader was / is home to two new poems of mine, there are more new poems coming up – look for them in these print venues: Pleiades, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and the lovely Bone Bouquet. (Btw, the fact that all of my recent acceptances seem to be print is purely accidental, I promise.)

I’ve also been experimenting with linocut / linoprint and find I really enjoy this (literally) hands-on type of creative activity. Here’s to a creative, productive 2018!

I’ve had some good news recently, so I thought I’d share it here. First of all, the New Welsh Review / New Welsh Reader and Pleiades both have picked up poems of mine and they’ll be published later this year / early next year. It’s lovely to see my new poems find such good homes!

And then, the manuscript for my second book of poems is currently a finalist for the Moon City Poetry Award – keep your fingers crossed for me! The winner will be chosen by the end of the month.

(Update, 31/Oct/2017: though my book was a finalist, it did not win the Moon City Poetry Award. Keep those fingers crossed, the book is in a couple more contests!)

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…what happened to summer?!

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Issue 80 of Pedestal Magazine just came out, and one of the poems, ‘Operator,’ is from my second book manuscript. The poem was inspired by footage and transcripts shown at the “Whistleblowers & Vigilantes” exhibit organized by Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund last year. Here’s the link to the issue: http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/issue-80/

So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind of sorts, and I’m still working on getting Internet service at my new place, so this will be short and sweet.

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This spring I got to take part as a mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer mentoring program. My AWP mentor was (is) Sidney Wade, and all I can say is that we were really well matched – thank you, Kenny at AWP! Thank you also to Sidney who took the time to work with me, give me feedback on the manuscript I’m currently sending out, and to talk shop.

At Sidney’s suggestion I applied for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference – and I was offered a scholarship to go, so I’m really looking forward to going to Tennessee in July to recharge my writerly batteries and meet cool new people.

And finally, in this month’s issue of The Lake, there’s a review of The Knowledge Weapon. You can check it out here: http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/reviews/june17/