Sandy Crimmins Poetry Runner-up

I have been named a runner-up for the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize. My poem, “Yield Signs Don’t Exist,” appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Philadelphia Stories, and I’ll also be participating in a reading reception for the contest. More information on that is under the Events tab and also here.

Toast article: soap operas & adjuncting

“Something always happens to sustain us. A tenured professor goes on sabbatical and their course trickles down to the adjuncts. A university I applied to years ago finds my information at the bottom of a drawer and gives me a call. Brady Black’s wife hits his father over the head with a fire poker, putting him in a coma, and Kristen DiMera participates in scientifically impossible villainy and steals someone’s fetus.”

My latest article for the Toast is available here.


What I Read in 2014

Top three favorite books:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



Book I liked even more the second time around:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



A reread that always makes me happy:

Mike, Mike and Me by Wendy Markham



Most read authors (3 books from each):

Jojo Moyes

Gillian Flynn

Kim Addonizio



Lonely male authors I read in a year of women:

Junot Díaz

Paul Gallico



Stunning books of poetry:

Lucifer at the Starlite by Kim Addonizio

My Brother is Getting Arrested Again by Daisy Fried

Nulls by Pattie McCarthy



Novels that were as disturbing as they were amazing:

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Books I read in interesting locations:

The Color Master by Aimee Bender (on a train from Rome to Naples)

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes (at a beach club in Capri)

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (every time I was in line for the elevator at work. Thank you, ineffective elevators, for giving me extra reading time)