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June 15, 2017

Originally written for students as challenge assignments, these prompts now function as reminders of how to write a poem on any day. 

Take yourself to a place that you conceive as beautiful or sublime, somewhere that quiets you. Find your voice as it speaks in thi...

August 30, 2016

Participating in arts brings potential for ekphrasis, inspiration. In that spirit, Christine Darragh of Dark Oak Bindery in Ann Arbor, MI, designed a hand-made copy of my chapbook, courtesy of Structo and as nuanced as a sunny riverbed after a rain, complete with pools...

April 5, 2016


"Stafford’s mission is a quiet but essential one: make sense in a language we all can speak."

My craft essay containing day-to-day ruminations next to Stafford's striking work is available from Glassworks spring 2016 issue.

My reflections on the writing of the piece c...

September 23, 2015

"Poetry asks us to transcribe emotional experience with syntax, and we can only do so by listening to the world around us and by trusting our vocal instincts—not in order to mimic that world, but to become equal to it."

My complete blog post appears here on the North Am...

July 21, 2015

I had the opportunity recently to attend a retreat deep in the Cherokee National Forest. Three others and I gave readings, offered lessons, invoked our favorite poets, and made dinners--passed the watermelon bowl and bean salad while we talked about process, failures,...

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