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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. When the doctor 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 the way that 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 never took the 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 years old, but 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 dives and fending 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, like red pepper 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 at my first 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 County Public Library Read more…


Routine of Falling in Love

In publishing and design, there’s a definite pattern that pulls me in like a vortex each time I begin a project. It’s a lot like a relationship. I receive a query and I’ve caught the eye of a stranger. I Read more…