Poetry in Print & The Beginning of Spring

Three of my poems, “Song,” “Seed” and “Stargazer” appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Rust + Moth and now that issue is available in print.

My physical copies of New Plains Review & Grey Sparrow arrived this week.

After surviving the polar vortex, classes began this week with rain and milder temperatures. I met with my creative writing class yesterday and out of twenty-five enrolled students, twenty-two showed up. I am am still somewhat surprised by these numbers even though they been steadily rising for several semesters now. When I first started teach this class, I was lucky to have ten students enrolled.

I’m embarking on a few new teaching adventures this semester, including working with some new technology and teaching a new section of World Literature for our fledgling Honors College.

I took some time off of writing over the holidays, which isn’t abnormal. I still journal and write down ideas, but I didn’t have a chance to formally draft anything as we were traveling for much of our holiday. I am looking forward to sitting down to write some new poems and start revising some work from last fall.

Happy New Year!

The past few weeks I’ve been trekking around the northeast visiting family and friends for the holidays. It was fun but exhausting and I’m glad to be home. 

When I returned home I discovered that my two contributor copies of the New Plains Review arrived in the mail. My poem “Starling” appears in this issue and I’m thankful to be included in such a solid publication with so many great writers. 
2013 was a beautiful year and I’m grateful for all peaks and valleys and everything in between. 
It’s all I have to bring today

It’s all I have to bring today–
This, and my heart beside–
This, and my heart, and all the fields–
And all the meadows wide–
Be sure you count–should I forget
Some one the sum could tell–
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

~Emily Dickinson*

*Courtesy of The Academy of American Poets