AWP 2016 — I’ll be there, so come through and say hey

I'll be  on a panel called "Written By Ourselves: The Craft of Immobile Corporeality" on Friday, April 1 at 12 noon (Rm. 51o of the L.A. Convention Center). Stop by and hear me talk about the lovers of Jonestown and how they use the stillness of intimacy in defiance of their circumstances in that Guyana [...]


I have the opportunity to travel to Denver, NYC, L.A. and Paris in the next two (2!) months to present my creative work and I couldn't be more excited or anxious--like anxiety anxious but in a good way-- and of course humbled.  I can't go to all the conferences not only because three of the [...]

To Do List (in no particular order)

1.  Read 50 books. 2.  Write 50 new poems. 3.  Take a hot air balloon ride. 4.  Drive to a destination at least 4 hours away solely for leisure. 5.  PR in 1 marathon. [DONE! 11.16.13] 6.  Cook a recipe using tofu. [DONE! 3.3.13] 7.  Spend 1 week eating all raw foods. 8.  Complete 100 [...]

What is in the marrow is hard to take from the bone.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 34 When I headed to St. Louis for a 2 week writing workshop,  I had not written anything new in, probably, a year.  Acclimating to Baltimore, my new job were useful excuses for my "silence."   I was headed to Africa to teach when [...]

A Dream Deferred

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 32 Colon was not my first attempt to begin the filling of my passport pages (twice).  It was just the first attempt that succeeded. In my last year of college, graduate school was the option behind the paperwork that littered my desk— applications to [...]

Searching for Colon

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 30 My trip to Ciudad Colon Costa Rica was my first trip abroad.  I was in residence at an artists' colony for two weeks.  The trip met all the criteria of a first trip: foreign and scary bugs, the airport pimp, the angel cabbie [...]

The President’s House, Philadelphia PA

Since it's Black History Month, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some tidbits about Black history that do not appear in history books, but are at least as relevant. Since Black History Month is an American holiday, we'll start near the beginning of the country's history (as a country) by talking about [...]

Blog Challenge 29: Thinking Ahead

Day 29: Describe your future plans and goals.     I plan to get a phD, visit Africa, tidy up the place, fall in love, publish Marrow (to great acclaim), run a sub-4 marathon, and achieve full lotus—not necessarily in that order.

Ayiti: L’âme se fortifie Béchons joyeux, béchons joyeux…

May the fields be fertile/And our souls take courage (from the Haitian National Anthem: La Dessalinienne) Tonight I send white light to Jessica’s dad, Pierre’s family, Edrice, Edmus, and the Danticats who remain… Haiti is a country whose history is one of fiercely fought for—and earned—independence. While in the face of such unspeakable and overwhelming [...]