Revolving Door feature, Sinister Wisdom, Theatrical Jazz Institute, Platte Valley Review + Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon

Dear ones,

It’s been a full new year so far and I hope it’s been one full of joy & beauty for you!

I’m excited to be reading tomorrow at Revolving Door in Chicago, a reading series I’ve heard amazing things about from friends Tim Yu & Randall Horton.  Please come by to check it out if you’re in the area & say hello to me.  &, of course, bring books & CDs to swap & sell!  Jennifer Steele also conducted an interview with me (click on link above).  Check out more info about the reading below — be aware that it’s in a new location this month!

In other news, I’m holding a copy of the beautiful issue of Sinister Wisdom #81 (Lesbian Poetry — When? And Now!) edited by Julie R. Enzner.  Julie asked those of us contributing to think about another lesbian poet whose work we hold dear — and that poet that immediate came to mind was Sharon Bridgforth.  You can see two pairings of our poems in this issue, alongside work by Tamiko Beyer, Eloise Klein Healy, Jewelle Gomez & lots of others!

I’ve been grateful to be a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute @ Links Hall in Chicago this winter/spring with a host of very talented fellow artists/writers/creators /performers (click on the link to see everyone’s full bios & photos) & to have participated in the 1st guest artist workshop this past Sunday led by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones!  There’s a slate of upcoming guest artists including Baraka de Soleil, Daniel Alexander Jones, Lenelle Moïse and Helga Davis who will be coming to give free performances and then 10 community slots open for workshops.  For more information about the institute, the participants & to sign up for the workshops,

A new poem, “Guest,” has found a home online at Platte Valley Review.

Last but not least, I have been grateful to have entered into a great community for poets here in Milwaukee.  One very special place that has helped me feel grounded in a community of poets has been the poetry bookstore, Woodland Pattern.   I’ll be reading this Saturday night (Jan 29) in the 9pm hour for 17th annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit this upcoming weekend.  If you’re excited to support poetry and community and would like to sponsor me, you can make a pledge online through the new “pledge a reader” giving form.  More info about the event below!

In poetry & community,



Revolving Door This Month
Wednesday, Jan. 26th
South Halsted Gallery, 1932 S. Halsted
7:30 – 9:30PM

Poetry / Open Mic / Music / $3 Beer & Wine

CD/Book Exchange / 7:30PM

If you are a…  Poet, Musician, DJ, Rapper/MC, Spoken Word Artist, Writer, Blogger, Artist  …then we want you to bring your books and CDs to swap and sell at our CD/Book Exchange!We decided to put on a little mix and mingle for artists, writers, and everything in between (including arts enthusiasts! Because we need you to buy our stuff!). Revolving Door is here to bring all the artists of the city together, so come out and meet each other. We want you to make fans and become fans of the talent that is overflowing in this city! It doesn’t make sense not to. We expect to see you and to hear you! Bring stuff to share for the Open Mic. List opens at 7:15.  At the end of the day we want everyone to hang out, talk about what you do, socialize, meet new people, and have a good time!

2 Amazing Features / 8:00PM

Ching-In Chen, Poet & author of The Heart’s Traffic
Samantha Irby, Writer and author of the blog, Bitches Gotta Eat

Dope.Awesome.Funny.Compelling.Courageous.TheIsh.Be.There.  Visit Us!!


Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presents more than 40 events each year, including readings, music concerts, films and art exhibits. The bookstore includes over 27,000 titles, and is considered by many to be the country’s best bookstore for small press poetry.

Every year, on the last Saturday of January, over 125 poets, writers, and performers show their support for Woodland Pattern by participating in its Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit.  All proceeds raised from this event will help Woodland Pattern continue its literary programming.

Woodland Pattern is a nonprofit organization, all donations are fully tax-deductible.

10:00 AM TO 1:00 AM

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212


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