So happy to have my short essay up at the So To Speak blog just in time for HALLOWEEN! In it I discuss the intersection between feminism, horror, and poetry, as well as a couple of my favorite monster women: “Women who give into their darker impulses when pushed too far. There’s a primal power there, a transformation that seeks to vindicate the mass grave of all those sexually active camp counselors. A woman that is at times grotesque and animal. Neither nerd nor pretty girl. Monster.”
Tomorrow I leave for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present my paper “Bluebeard’s Robot Wives: Reexamining Patriarchy and Privacy in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina” as part of a panel on Bluebeard retellings along with Christine Butterworth-McDermott, James Clark, and Mary Elizabeth Perkins. So that’s very exciting! If you’re in town, stop by! I can promise a goodly sum of fairy tale badassery.
ALSO, ALSO! My first poetry chapbook has found a home with Porkbelly Press! I am beyond thrilled over this publication. I deeply admire the work of Porkbelly and their journal, Sugared Water, and cannot wait to see my work in their hands. Thank you Nicci Mechler and Ashley Blake especially for your faith in my dearest monsters.
New Lines and Lamps piece is finished! I started working on this one during a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my partner, Dan, our puppy dog, Ava, my parents and their dog, Tucker. Mom and Dad had rented the most amazing cabin there for a week and it was a much needed, easy going vacay. We ate good food, worked on puzzles, narrowly avoided bears, and one day I traced the outline of the mountains from our lovely balcony. Here was our view:
I’ve named the piece “Smoky Mountain Rain” after the song by Ronnie Milsap, a tune that makes me think of my Papa, who passed away this September. Here’s the song: