Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Moonrise" in the new issue of Catch Up!

The latest edition of Catch Up!--now an online journal--features one of my Warren Wilson thesis poems alongside poems by friends Jessica Farquhar, Kyle Coma-Thompson, Josh English, plus a host of others. Thanks to Jeff Hipsher for throwing it in there. You can read the poem here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My first book review for the Kenyon Review

My review of Ernst Meister's In Time's Rift, translated by Graham Foust and Samuel Frederick (Wave Books, 2012) is posted at the KROnline. Many thanks to Wave Books for the review copy and Zach savich for the careful editing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Because I nearly forgot, the September issue of Kentucky Monthly, the 15th Anniversary Edition, also has my feature story on The Mammoth, a colossal arts project by Aron Conoway and Hallie Jones.
Here is a video link on You Tube of me reading the poem "1972" from my chapbook, Hibernaculum, at the Big Big Mess reading series in Akron back in June. Thanks to Joshua Ware for posting.

Cave Hill Cemetery article in the Kentucky Monthly

My latest cover piece for the Kentucky Monthly, a profile of Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery, is in the new issue and also online here. The amazing accompanying photos are by David Toczko.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My profile of the artists that are Hound Dog Press in Louisville are a feature in this month's issue of Kentucky Monthly.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Interview with Wendell Berry!

"An Authentic Ground of Hope: A Conversation with Wendell Berry" appears in the June/July issue of Kentucky Monthly. In the interview, Berry speaks on the topic of agriculture in America, providing his own answers to the problems of healthy food, soil depletion, mechanization, even homelessness. The interview does not appear online but is rather only in print.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My review of Graham Foust's To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems is posted at the website of The Iowa Review.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A poem in Blackbird

My poem "Gauguin among the Tahitians"--a piece from my new chapbook, Hibernaculum--is online at Blackbird.

Three new poems in Smartish Pace

Several of my Warren Wilson College poems--"Night Fishing," "Report from the Ground," and "The Black Walnut"--are in the latest edition (#20) of Smartish Pace, and I am among distinguished company in this issue.

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Kentucky Monthly article on NuLu Food

My article "The Food Renaissance in New Louisville" is not online and in the May print edition of the Kentucky Monthly. Thanks to Wales Hunter for the amazing photographs, Kim Butterweck for the excellent editing, and of course all the restaurants--La Coop, Decca, and Mayan Cafe--for participating, meeting with me, and feeding me.

Friday, April 26, 2013

"Hibernaculum" has been released!

After many years, and just after having been a finalist for the 2012 Ahsahta Chapbook Prize, my chapbook Hibernaculum is now out from Slash Pine Press. The book is hand-stitched, and comes inside a cloth pouch with a red ribbon. Thank you to the faculty and students of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa for the fine work. This spring, I will be doing a book tour here and there to promote the book, of which there are only 125 copies. Interested readers can contact me or the press for copies.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Better-late-than-never review of David Ferry's excellent and National Book Award-winning Bewilderment at the LEO Weekly.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Interview and review with Rebecca Gayle Howell

I talked with Rebecca Gayle Howell, author of Render / An Apocalypse, chosen by Nick Flynn as the 2012 winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Award.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Next Big Thing self-interview

Joseph P. Wood of the University of Alabama tagged me to do a brief, self-interview for The Next Big Thing about my forthcoming chapbook of poems, Hibernaculum. Which is good because it comes out in only two months or so.

What is the title of your book?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
As Frank Stanford said, “Freedom, Love, and Revolt.”

What genre does the book fall under?

Where did the idea for the book come from?
It all began to be grouped under the word “Hibernaculum,” a wonderful word I found in an issue of National Geographic. It means, in one sense anyway, “winter tent,” and that’s how I felt at the time: toughing it out in the cold.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the book?
This is hard to say, because I constantly edited and revised it. Probably two years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The initial poems began when I read the Collected Books of Jack Spicer. Spicer’s poems were liberating for me. It was also a cap on other reading I’d done, especially David Foster Wallace and Virginia Woolf. At the time, I started writing very early in the morning, so the ideas came out of that middle world between sleep and coffee.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The chapbook will be put out in around May of this year by Slash Pine Press at the University of Alabama.

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?
There is no way I would compare my book to anyone else’s in poetry. For good or ill.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in your book?
Bill Murray, in the same general character as he played in Broken Flowers.

What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
The fact that Jameson Welch, who had previously accepted one of the long poems, “Hibernacle,” for publication in Spork, said it was an example of the Necro / pastoral, which was in vogue at that point. There seems to be an obsessive address to a nebulous Muse. There’s one of my infrequent attempts at a prose poem. It begins and ends in a desert, with apartment complexes and strip clubs in between.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My first cover story for the Kentucky Monthly

My piece on Kentucky longrifle craftsman, "A Long Tradition," is in the Kentucky Monthly and online at their website.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New poem in Sixth Finch

My poem "The Grip of All We Cannot Grasp," which will be featured in my new chapbook Hibernaculum, due in spring, is in the new issue of Sixth Finch. Thanks to Rob MacDonald for including me in this stellar journal!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Imagined Field reviewed at Bookslut!

I am proud to have had my first book of poems, The Imagined Field, reviewed by Cort Bledsoe and published at Bookslut. Gratitude to all involved in helping promote my book!

New poem on ILK

My poem "Dream with Horses" is in Issue Seven of ILK. My thanks to the editors!