2015 is off to a good, but busy start. Quite a few things have happened in the last few weeks worthy of a quick roundup here on my official website.
First up, I had an amazing week in California doing a west coast book tour with two of my press mates: Matthew Hittinger and Brent Calderwood. We did six events in six days. It was a lot of poetry, a lot of bonding, and a lot of connecting with new and old fans. It really energized me in lots of ways and got me thinking about the whole idea of book tours and readings. What I found most interesting was the benefit of doing all of these readings with the same two other poets (we also did four events on the east coast in the fall). I found that we all became even better readers by doing these events together. We were constantly finding new and interesting ways our work connected to each other. All in all, my time in California was a great experience. I really loved exploring San Francisco, getting to spend a day at the beach in LA, and meeting so many new and supportive people. And we all sold a lot of books.
While I was on tour, I also found out that my book A History of the Unmarried was officially put on the Over the Rainbow list complied by the GLBT Roundtable of the American Library Association. This is a list that gets sent out to libraries across the country to recommend the best GLBT books published in 2014. It's an honor to have my book on the list (also Matthew's book and Brent's book made the list as well).
Lastly, I have a poem in the brand new (and redesigned) issue of The Los Angeles Review. I'm always happy to have work in this great publication. They have published me three times over the years and have always been very supportive of me and my work.
Here's to more good things in 2015!