I came late to poetry — before 2014, I barely read poems, much less wrote them. Then I had the luck to receive a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship in Taos, New Mexico, where I planned to work on a (since sidelined) memoir project, and poems suddenly started surfaced. I’ve been fortunate to receive a Loft Mentor Series Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for my poetry, and in 2018 my first manuscript (book of poems), called Notes on Distance, was a finalist for Milkweed Editions’ Lindquist and Vennum Prize. Below is a list of poems I’ve published, some available online and some only in print or since taken down.
NOTES on distance // PANK (forthcoming)
you don't think the ice will be the thing that burns you // Conduit
origin story // yes poetry
In the Southpoint Acupuncture Community Room // Gabby
dear minnetonka lake // passages north
Dear Wisconsin // Copper Nickel
Dear You // Southeast Review, Volume 35.1
Dear Lake of the Isles, Behold: the inexorable problema // B O D Y Literature
Snow Day // Poetry City, USA, Volume 6
Metaphor // Extract(s) (this publication is no longer live)
Not even the sun, In a Second Story Apartment in a Small Midwestern Town, You Lament // Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing
Fishing // The THIS Magazine (this publication is no longer live)
Riddle // Southern Humanities Review (Volume 50)
Morning Meditation, Smoking on the Stoop at Night // Front Porch
I began writing personal essays in 2006, while working at NPR and gallivanting around Washington DC like the oblivious, carefree twenty-something I was. For ten years I wrote a (now deleted, thanks internet) blog called Dating in the Odyssey Years — which, over time, became less focused on my love life. I’ve also published a number of essays, many of which are available online, and linked below!