Archive for July, 2012

Queer time travel (Letter Q, Queer Female Poets in Midwest, What’s So Hot, Willow Books Literature Awards)

July 17, 2012

Hanna Andrews of the Academy of American Poets solicited me, Ely Shipley, Dawn Lundy Martin, Timothy Liu & Stacy Szymaszek to write a letter to our younger selves in honor of the recent release of The Letter Q, a Scholastic book which asked several queer writers to do the same. You can find our letters up here, along with a re-printed letter Eileen Myles wrote from the book.



Several of my Milwaukee anti-Chinese riot poems have found a home in When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwest Experience, edited by Kate Lynn Hibbard, out on Squares & Rebels: a lgbt imprint in the upper midWest. Check it out & pre-order.



Recently, I read some pieces at Becca Klaver’s What’s So Hot Salon, in response to the questions, “What’s so hot about masculinity?” and/or “What’s so hot about femininity?”

The directions were: You can respond to one or both as directly or slantily as you desire. Desire is the point — and gender, and identification, so feel free to follow these vectors, fields, spectra, and tangles wherever they lead. Poetic, performative, fictional, literary critical, and personal modes, as well as any mix of these, are all welcome.

Admittedly, I chose to monster the prompt and respond with pieces addressing the theme: “Monstering the Genderf*ck?!”

Video from the salon up at the tumblr site.


Last, I’ll be one of the judges for a literature awards competition from Willow Books, which recognizes literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please spread the word – the competition is open through October 1!



Prose Grand Prize: $2,000 and book contract

Poetry Grand Prize: $1,000 and book contract



The Willow Books Literature Awards


The postmark deadline for entry forms is Monday, October 1, 2012. Ten Finalists will be announced on January 21, 2013. A Finalists’ Reading & Awards Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2013 in Chicago (location TBA). The Grand Prize winners’ books will be published by Willow Books in Spring 2013, along with an ebook anthology of selections by Finalists.




A. Prose and Poetry categories will have panels of three judges each, chosen by the Aquarius Press/Willow Books editorial staff,

for a total of six judges.

B. Aquarius Press/Willow Books will announce a Finalist short-list of 10 writers on January 21, 2013.

C. One Grand Prize Winner in Prose will receive $2,000 and a standard book publishing contract. One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry will receive $1,000 and a standard book publishing contract.

D. The remaining eight short-listed Finalists will have selections from their entries published in an ebook anthology.



To enter, visit