NEW WORK IN AMP

The journal AMP, out of Hofstra University, is the first to publish an excerpt from a new work I call Make.

Heeding the wisdom of Adrienne Rich’s comment “The notes for the poem are the only poem,” Make consists of a 70-page graphic poetic sequence that depicts the enigmatic, grinding, flighty, scary, fun, musical and atonal reality of “the page under the page” or the epic of a creative process at work. Its whispers—shouts—crowds of influences. Here the means is the end. 

https://sites.hofstra.edu/amp/issue6/from-make/

NOVEL NAMED FINALIST FOR PEN/BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED FICTION

To learn more about the award follow the link below: 

https://pen.org/pen-bellwether-prize/

The manuscript, Meanwhile in the Dronx…, invents a sixth borough of NYC where people driven out of the other five boroughs retreat to resurrect their lives. Including a map and 25 drawings by a Brooklyn-based visual artist Dale Williams—harking back to the 19th Century publishing motif of illustrated socially-conscious literary melodramas—this work locates and adores humans struggling to recreate themselves amid the surreal wreckage of history.

NOVEL EXCERPT IN BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING 2020

This anthology is now available to the public. Edited by Carmen Maria Machado and Joyelle McSweeney, it includes Chapter 12 of it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines, a project of mine inspired by the drawings of Dale Williams. Below are two posts addressing the release:


https://www.facebook.com/BAXseries/posts/2492258954412788
https://twitter.com/BAX_Series/status/1336366547410018310?s=20

NEW ESSAY IN RADCLIFFE MAGAZINE

Follow the link below to reach this special number of Radcliffe Magazine, a publication of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 

The issue consists of essays by artists, journalists, scholars and scientists addressing lessons learned in the difficult year of 2020. 

https://www.radcliffemagazine.org/

NOVEL EXCERPT AND ESSAY IN THE JOURNAL OF BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDIES

Volume 11 of this journal—“The Practice and Pedagogy of Writing at Black Mountain College”—features twelve pages from What Days Are Like When There Are Only Nights, accompanied by an essay on form entitled “The Road: A Shared Plight.”

To experience the writing go here:

ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT RECEIVED

This $5,000 award—jointly funded by the state of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts—is “designed to support emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers by providing funding to produce new work.”

SD Arts Council allocates $1.26 million in grants

These funds will importantly help alleviate financial pressure, allowing me to more quickly push various projects toward conclusion.

Deep gratitude goes out to the NEA, and, as well, the South Dakota Arts Council.