"still life" Available for Pre-order
It's the first of October and the first weeks of Autumn. I feel rather lucky to be introducing my new book "still life" in a predominantly virtual world for pre-order from PANK Press this month (that is also my birthday month!). Since more of us are in this virtual space more often these days, I have curated videos and blog posts to share with you throughout this month that promise to be haunting and candid as I share my experience writing this book and with sexual assault and a hidden disability.
Moreover, in a time when we all need it most, I will be introducing the concept of "compassionate self-witness" and how bearing witness to our own stories or finding ways to create witnesses can address our immediate needs to survive trauma and grief.
I am excessively grateful to all those who contributed to the process and production of this book including PANK editors Jessica Fischoff & Chris Campanioni; my constant ally in poetry writing Dennis Hinrichsen; my blurbers Luke Johnson, Petra Kuppers, & Kelly Grace Thomas; and my former MFA workshop partners Chantelle Lynn & Alexis David who gave me extra confidence to do something wonderful with these poems! As well as the NEC MFA program. Thanks all!