New Neighbors Pt. 2

doggo at the door

New Neighbors Pt. 2 New Neighbors PT. 1 I’m at home, alone for the first time in what seems an eternity. The kids are at school, scooted up to their communal workspaces, enjoying the versatility of their Read more…


New Neighbors Pt. 1

Kids run to school

New Neighbors Part 1 In the pharmacy drive-through, a man pulls his car up in the lane next to mine, turns, looks at me, and smiles. “Why is he smiling at me, you guys?” Two kiddos in Read more…


Diagnosis: Daydreamer

the queen

I suspect it’s unusual to react to a medical diagnosis with joy, feeling at last vindicated for nearly every failure you’d committed in your life up to that moment. But that was how it went for me. Read more…


New book & what I’ve been up to

mother-ghosts

New book, ya’ll! My first full-length collection of poems is out! It’s called Mother-Ghosts, and I’ll let my wonderful blurb and intro-writer do the work of telling you about it: Leah Sewell’s exquisite collection MOTHER-GHOSTS devastates in Read more…


Community Novel Project

I’ve been participating in the library’s Community Novel Project for two years, as long as I’ve been working at the library. While I was only a patron, I remember seeing/hearing wisps of news about this program, but Read more…


Me & Ollie & the Apple Pencil

My library purchased an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and I was able to mess around with the Sketch App and make a few doodles. This is me & Oliver. He’s so snuggly, still, even at 7 Read more…


Engrossing or just plain gross

Bartender Charmaine and unemployed Stan are a married couple living in their car following America’s economic collapse in Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited stand alone novel, The Heart Goes Last. They eke out a fitful existence marked by dumpster Read more…


My only story about Prince is secondhand

I have a story about Prince but it’s secondhand. I’m going to tell you the story as I heard it, but I’m also going to tell you the story with a bit of imagination sprinkled over it, Read more…


Natalie Diaz in Topeka

Natalie Diaz is a poet whose work simply floors me. Her first book of poetry, When my Brother Was an Aztec, was released last year by Copper Canyon. I had the chance to meet Natalie last year Read more…


Reading at Johnson County Public Library

Hey. If you live in the Kansas City area and want to come listen to me read for 50 WHOLE MINUTES, you’re welcome to do so. I’m reading with an old friend, M. Porubsky, at the Johnson Read more…