Summer is here and so is poetry!
Welcome to Summer…
Hey Faithful Followers!
I hope you are all finding joy. I am so happy to end the school year and welcome the warmer, uh hem HOTTER months her in Houston! It has been a long year + for all of us. The summer offers hope for me. My double-duty of virtual teacher and helicopter parent has ended. My first draft book edits have been turned in. I have a fully-casted play for the fall. And with decreasing Covid cases, I want to believe the worst is behind us. But one thing that I know for sure is that whatever lies before us, the arts will be a huge part of it. (And so will me on a few beaches.)
I have found that for me, there has been a sweet relief in my craft. I started journaling again at the beginning of the pandemic. That one act really helped me process all of my feelings. It really reminded me that there was a place of unbridled acceptance in the page and a space where I could be my 100% self. I want to find ways to show up for my students, my children, my family, and my community in those ways going forward. We all deserve a place to be ourselves and a world that will accept us as such. So I am sending a huge Happy Pride Month to all of my LGBTQ+ friends and family who are finding people and spaces that celebrate your truth.As for me and my craft, I have been so blessed to stay busy through these crazy times. Here are a few events I have coming in the near future.
I just finished a movie review for Lionsgate Films and am working on a few other reviews as a new reviewer for Mediaversity. If you are looking for recs for diverse TV and film, check their site before you watch!
I am happy to announce that I am one of the newest Book Reviewer for Muzzle Magazine! I am excited to be able to get some big eyes on Southern Poets. I have a special interest in BIPOC writing. If you have a new collection out, shoot me an e-mail, I would love to learn more!
This month, I will be awarded the 40 under 40 award by the Houston Business Journal. I am so grateful to be honored as one of the top business leaders (And the only artists on the list). This is a HUGE honor and I will definitely be taking time to celebrate.
The biggest thing coming will be landing on Juneteenth! My book, Newsworthy, is being launched in Germany!!!!!!! Join us as the University of Munster hosts the big kick off. I will be joined with my publishers at Bloomsday Literary, my translator Maria Meniel, and many other contributors that pulled off the giant feat of translating this meaningful collection. Grab yourself a copy and log on for a great performance and discussion. RSVP for the link.
I haven’t been doing a lot of submitting lately, since I have been focusing on so many new projects. But some of the ones that always come to mind when the summer rolls around are here. Happy submitting!
Profellow- This comprehensive site always has great lists of fellowships and opportunities
Creative Capital actually offers a monthly list of opportunities that will be sent directly to your email. Subscribe on their site for more.
And if you do not have a Submittable account. this is a great first step in getting your work out in the world!
Ta ta for now friends!