It's hard to believe the year is already half over. It's been a busy one for me. I'm currently working on finishing a poetry manuscript and also diving into a new project that was jump started by a research trip I took to London in May.
This has been a year of change for me and focus on my writing. I haven't published as much this year, but have recently had three poems enter the world. The first is a poem I wrote after the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub. The shooting hit close to home for me since I lived in Orlando for almost five years and know many people there. IDK Magazine published my piece "Our Bodies Are Political" at the beginning of the month as part of an ongoing series about the event. And just this week Queen Mob's Tea House published two new pieces of mine titled "How We Became Sluts" and "My Students Talk of Color." I'm always thrilled when publications consider longer poems, which "Sluts" is.
Outside of writing, I have been participating as a mentor this summer to two high school students through the Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program. It's been a great experience to see young writers pushing themselves and writing interesting and complex work.
As more news happens, I always update my publications list and occasionally this blog.