Burlington Reading

Attention Burlingtonians:

I’ll be reading at the uber-hip Lamp Shop on 12 North Winooski Avenue this Monday, September 7, at 8:00. Spoken word open mic following the reading.

Thanks to Addison Bale for hosting!

Hope to see you there…

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Wanna hear two poems from From the Hip?

No pressure. There’s a lot of stuff to listen to. But tomorrow’s supposed to be rainy. So you might have some time on your hands…



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Bone Music

I’m thrilled to announce that my fifth book of poetry, entitled Bone Music, just won the Louise Bogan Award. The book, selected by Kimiko Hahn, will be published by Trio House Press in the spring of 2016. The manuscript is punctuated by a series of formal poems about jazz musicians: a couple sonnets for Miles Davis, a couple villanelles for Chet Baker, a few haiku for Bud Powell, and a slew of others. My hope is that those poems add texture to the overall manuscript, accentuating it the way a snare might give particular stress to a jazz solo. Looking forward to finding the right cover image!

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Reading at Bear Pond Books

I had the opportunity to read at Monpelier’s Bear Pond Books last night, sharing the podium with Neil Shepard, who read from his new book, Hominid Up. We had a great audience, which included my four year old, Isa, who almost stole the show until Neil took the podium. The poems in Neil’s new collection stand up under careful scrutiny on the page, but like all my favorite poetry they lend themselves to oral delivery. Highlights included the title poem, “At the Corner of Broadway and 105th,” and two jazz poems, “Joe Louis and the Duke” and “This is a Test, Can You Hear Me?” I look forward to the next tie I get to hear Neil read. And I highly recommend you check out his book:


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Library Journal tags From the Hip as awesome

fromTheHipCheck out number two on this list of “exciting new titles for poetry lovers.”


Thanks, team LJ!

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“One Night Stand”

You can check out a new piece, “One Night Stand” in the latest issue of The Cortland Review:


Also, I love my wife and would never cheat on her.

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New Interview about From the Hip

fromTheHipThe latest interview about From the Hip was with Shelagh Shapiro for her series Write the Book.

You can check it out here:


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