Friday, October 30, 2015

lecturing etc.

Last week i got to speak to a wonderful classroom of fiction students and aspiring writers at UT Dallas. Looking forward to following these students on their journey from the page to the stage.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

haints star

Two excellent writers, Colin Winnette (author of Haints Stay and Coyote) and Sarah Gerard (author of Binary Star) came to visit recently and we were very happy to host them at a Spiderweb show just for the occasion. A great crew of local writers and artists gathered 'round to regale our visiting friends with poems, stories, and songs, and the two travelers, tired of reading the same old things night after night, actually did an excerpt-swap. It was a special treat for everyone who joined us. Also notable, this was our first-ever show at Paschall Bar in Denton, and I think it was quite a success.

colin and sarah slinging books post-show

i did a fragments set and a short excerpt at this show

colin winnette reads from sarah gerard's binary star

Sunday, October 11, 2015

she's a bastard

Had a wonderful time performing at She's A Bastard last weekend. For my set I re-wrote poems using The Picture of Dorian Gray viewed through a gender-swapped lens. (For those of you familiar with the book, my retelling was written through the perspective of a queer female artist named Bailey, of course, after the atrocious murder.) The poems were fun to write, even if some were finished at the very last minute, and the rest of the badass writers (Bonnie Stufflebeam, Bess Whitby, Lauren Belmore, and Makayla Price) all had really exciting performances too. 

I might put together a little book of poems using the works made for this show, since I kind of want to share them with the world but can't think of a journal that might be that into the specifics of the project. (Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough yet.)

Oh & everyone dressed up and we all had drinks and a few laughs afterwards. My outfit was not quite subtle; anyone not attending the readings must have thought I was really jumping the gun on Halloween. Or, you know, dead.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

in verse: looped

If you missed In Verse: Looped this weekend, you sure missed out. Easily one of the most interesting shows I have ever been a part of, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to try something a little bit out of the ordinary for me. The event was quite a commitment- the poems were the easy part. My art installation was time-consuming and sometimes tedious, but being a part of this amazing event made everything worth it. I absolutely loved how everything turned out, both in my room and the other fantastic artists' spaces (including Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, Lauren Belmore, Zach VandeZande, Kyle Vaughn, and Tamitha Curiel). Scott McDaniel had a great eye for the night if you're curious about all the wonderful works that were displayed.

photo by Scott McDaniel

photo by Scott McDaniel

photo by Chris Taylor