Anthony Doerr: A Literary Treasure

As I said when I wrote about Brandon Sanderson, there are certain authors I’ve come to read and love so much that I want to gobble up everything they’ve ever written. Anthony Doerr is another of those author’s for me. He’s not a fantasy writer, though you’ll certainly find elements of mysticism in some of his work. What charms me about Doerr’s writing is not his imagination, though it is certainly fertile. It’s the way he writes, the way he sees the world and the beauty and tragedy within it. It’s the simplicity with which he tells his stories, which is never boring or overbearing, but so simply and elegantly stated that you feel instantly transformed and transported into the world he’s created. Continue reading Anthony Doerr: A Literary Treasure

Brandon Sanderson Books I’ve Loved

Having just finished Skyward and Starsight, which are part of the Skyward Series, I thought now would be an excellent time to talk a bit about why I’ve come to love Brandon Sanderson’s books so much. Sanderson in no way disappoints with this new young adult (YA) series. I loved it so much, I’ll definitely be checking out more of his completed YA works soon. Continue reading Brandon Sanderson Books I’ve Loved

Prose Poem: Revisionist Histories

“Revisionist Histories” is another poem from the Elemental series. Working on this series with its biographical roots has certainly been interesting and revelatory for me. I’ve come to notice a pattern where I find it difficult to stop writing poems about certain lovers or even isolated events, while I have wholly neglected others. I’m sometimes surprised by my own emotional reactions; how I can’t seem to let go of some old (very old) betrayals. How difficult it can be to write about those who meant the most, or that I still look back on with some fondness. Continue reading Prose Poem: Revisionist Histories

Prose Poem: Beach Girl

This poem is another from ‘Elemental,’ my series in progress on love, sex and relationships. I would really love feedback on this one. It feels… incomplete, but it also feels like I’ve gotten it as far as I can without a little help. Any thoughts on ways to improve this one? I hope I’m only being a bit hard on myself, as I feel like that poetic spark I’ve been riding high so long has dwindled. I know it’ll be back, but it always makes me nervous when it disappears. After dealing with such cognitive impairment for years, I no longer take anything for granted. Continue reading Prose Poem: Beach Girl

‘Training Wheels’ published in ‘Kentucky’s Best Emerging Poets 2019: An Anthology’

The anthology includes some incredible poems on themes ranging from love and heartbreak, family and friendship, the inherent beauty of nature, and so much more. I’m honored to have my work placed aside both newly emerging voices as the name implies, as well as other more established writers, such as Amanda G. Crum, Delaney L. Holt, Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer, Tatiana Ryckman and Mervyn R. Seivwright, among others. Continue reading ‘Training Wheels’ published in ‘Kentucky’s Best Emerging Poets 2019: An Anthology’