On the left is a photo of my friend Erin and I at the 2017 Winter Wheat Conference at Bowling Green State University. Huge shout out and THANK YOU to the Winter Wheat folks for putting on this amazing conference. We drove up there yesterday from Akron. I was happy to browse the book fair and attend two workshops, one about Sestinas and one about Writing Poetry in Turbulent Times. Guest reader Mary E. Weems’ presentation was beautiful and haunting. It’s so important to have conferences like Winter Wheat because they give you an opportunity to meet other writers and be part of the literary community in a meaningful way.
I’m glad it’s finally November. I can’t believe the semester is almost over, time is flying by! Last Thursday, Flock Literary Journal posted the audio feature for my poem, “Why is Your Grandmother’s Name Jihad.” If you have a minute, you can check that out here. Be sure to purchase Flock’s migration issue. It’s stunning!
I’ve been keeping busy lately with lots of reading and writing. Here’s some collections I’ve been reading lately:
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Morgan Parker
Olio, Tyehimba Jess
Whereas, Layli Long Soldier
Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong
Look, Solmaz Sharif
Sleeping with the Dictionary, Harryette Mullen
I’ve also been enjoying Fasting for Ramadan by Kazim Ali
As always, thanks for reading! Here’s to surviving the end of the semester 🙂