New Rare Bird Podcast is live! Listen to a talk between myself and short story author Michelle Blair Wilker as we discuss the through links in our writing and the path a writer takes to get published these days.
What is a zine? It's a handmade little book, copied, cut, pasted, and xeroxed, usually sewn or stapled together.
Sign up to get a new zine in the mail every month! Starting August 2018-January 2019 I will be writing and mailing a monthly zine on a different topic. The first series is titled "If You Really Want to Know Me." The content will include true stories, interviews, poems, illustrations and more. I will also reissue my old zines at some point as well! I used to make zines when I was younger and I just love them for their honesty, roughness, and simplicity. The subscription cost is $300* (half price sale through August 3rd) to cover six months of creation costs and life costs. You can pay by check, Venmo or Paypal. I promise each issue will be unique and thoughtful. Sign up below and keep your eye on the mailbox in late August for the first issue!
I know that zines are usually very cheap! The value in this initial seemingly high $300 subscription cost is that you are helping me kickstart this project. In the future I will be selling these zines for a much cheaper ticket price in local shops and bookstores. I will also do a few giveaways and there will be a window of opportunity to pay for the subscription sliding-scale! So if this first push is too much for you, know that I will always do my best to make my work as accessible as possible.
Come and find me on the road for the first leg of my book tour through Northern CA!
I am so excited to announce my participation in this special project! I wrote tribute poems in honor of these incredible women. These poems are the lyrical base for "Hear Her Song"
A musical celebration of extraordinary women, with honorees including @hillaryclinton, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, Sister Marilyn Lacey, @michelleobama, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and more! Featuring music composed by an all-female cast of today's leading composers and songwriters, with poetry by @jsuskin and music direction by Kurt Crowley (@crodees1). Presented in partnership with @vitalvoices and @womenlikeusfoundation, with upcoming performances at Washington DC's @ngadc and San José's @hammertheatrecenter with @sjculture.
More information at http://thecanalesproject.com/hear-her-song
On April 29th I hosted a poetry reading at Nous Tous Gallery in Chinatown. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the work of poets Cecilia Woloch and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall. Poetry is alive and well in the world and I am so happy to support it in my community!
This Mobilize Project is incredibly inspiring, a collaboration with The Standard and some of my favorite people, a powerful act of artistic resistance! If you're in LA on May 18, please join us for a silent auction at The Standard, Hollywood with pieces valued between $25 and $1500 / all proceeds going to the ACLU.
I recently had the honor of writing the first four songs for a new collaboration with Vital Voices. As the Artist in Residence for The Canales Project, I was asked to write lyrics to celebrate recipients of Global Leadership Awards. It was an honor to create words to commemorate the work of women who are changing the world around them and I look forward to writing many more songs in the coming months. More info soon!
This will be a wonderful event! Don't miss out.