JR Rhodes’s song “My Beloved” written after one of my rhapsodies in the Jack Straw Anthology is now up on Bandcamp. It was beautiful to have these exchanges with JR over the past months, and to watch as my poem transformed into her song. A true form of alchemy.
The crescendo of the Jack Straw Writers fellowship is that JR Rhodes wrote a song, My Beloved, after one of my rhapsodies in the Jack Straw anthology. The Bushwick Book Club Event will be held on December 15th at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Tickets available through The Stranger Events.
I'll be reading poems alongside Kamari Bright, Corbin Louis, & Dujie Tahat at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. This Thursday, 7pm. Curated by Daemond Arrindell & hosted by Claudia Castro Luna. There will also be copies of the 2018 Jack Straw Anthology available.
I'll be reading for the Jack Straw Art's May reading series to celebrate the release of the 2018 anthology, alongside Jalayna Carter, Daniel Atkinson & Rachel Trignano. The night will be hosted by Daemond Arrindell. Friday, May 18th. 7 PM at the Jack Straw Cultural Center. 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
I am teaching an all-level poetry workshop at Hugo House on Sunday, May 6th from 1 to 4 pm.
What are your obsessions? How do they drive your writing? Using prose poems as our chosen form, we will generate new work. We will read work from contemporary poets of color known for prose poetry, including Yasmin Belkhyr and Khadijah Queen, among others. We will use ekphrasis to generate our own prose poems, drawing from a well of art, both visual and musical. We will expand the prose poem form, generate new work, and discuss redrafting techniques.
I'll be reading some new pieces for Margin Shift at Common Area Maintenance (2125 2nd Ave). Thursday, April, 19th at 7pm. Along with fellow Jack Straw Arts writer, Jalayna Carter, Robert Lashley, and more.
Thank you to Tambi Lane who came up to Caldera Arts Center for Open Studios. We had a beautiful snowfall and she captured some of the magic.
I've been blessed to spend this month as a Caldera Artist in Residence. This coming Sunday is Open Studios. For folks in the PDX + (T.33 S., R. 21 E), I'll be sharing some new work alongside the other artists in residence. March 24th. 12:30 to 3:30.
Join us in celebrating the release of Xandria Phillips's chapbook, Reasons for Smoking. I will be reading alongside Phillips and Quenton Baker at at Open Books on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. & look out for Xandria's workshop on Sunday.
I am filled with joy as we release Winter Tangerine, Issue 3. Working alongside editors Xandria Phillips and Jake Stone, and Editor-in-Chief, Yasmin Belkhyr, along with our crew of poetry readers has brought so much light into this winter. The poets in this issue sing, sing, sing: Lena Tuffaha, Destiny Hemphill, Joseph Capehart, Imani Davis, Inam Kang, Dave Harris, Mick Powell, henry 7 reneau jr., Alan Chazaro, Ariana Brown, and Jake Skeets. Also, visual art editor, Daniella Clayton, and prose editor, Francesca Ekwuyasi, have brought some gorgeously important pieces. Visual art by Shadi Ghadirian, Gerardo Castro, Simone Quiles, Tamara Stoffers & mas.
I am very grateful to have had my piece selected for Bettering American Poetry, Volume 2. Thank you to the editors, Kaveh Akbar, Sarah Clark, jayy dodd, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Amy King, Muriel Leung, Camille Rankine, Héctor Ramírez, and Michael Wasson, for their dedication in editing this anthology.
Thank you to Black Warrior Review and Rachel McKibbens for selecting my poem, "From a Poet to her Rumbero," for the 2017 Poetry Award. Black Warrior Review is a dream journal, and it is a true honor.
Nehanda Abiodun once said, in response to how we could raise a good fight, that if you're an artist make art, if you're a writer then write & if you're a poet then poem. Honored to create space for some incredible artists to do just that in Winter Tangerine 2: Alfredo Aguilar, John Manuel Abreu-Arias, Jade Matias Bell, Francesca Ekwuyasi, William Evans, Roy Guzmán, Adam Hamze, Omotara James, Mary Lambert, Tsoku Maela, Nkosi Nkululeko, Kip Omolade, Mónica Teresa Ortiz, Joy Priest, Paige Quiñones, Meirav Sher, Malcolm H. Tariq, & Vickie Vertiz. It has been a blessing to work alongside editors Xandria Phillips, Jake Stone, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Jennifer Huang & Yasmin Belkhyr to bring this gorgeous, important, lit issue into the world. (Ups to poetry readers: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, Anuradha Bhowmik, Brad Trumpfheller, Alexis Smithers, Lexi Covalsen Lilian Ha & Elena Senechal-Becker.) Read the full issue here.
It is a true honor to be named an awardee for a Grant LAB by ARTISTS UP (provided by Artist Trust, 4Culture & Seattle Arts & Culture). This grant is in support of my poetry manuscript in progress "Ochun's Daughter." Two poems from my manuscript are recently out in Apogee Journal. As part of the grant, I will be offering a poetry workshop to the public. Xo Maria
My poems "Dear Ochún" and "Ode to the River" are out in Apogee Journal's Folio: #NoDAPL #StillHere: Native and Anti-Colonial Craft Against Dispossession. It's an honor to be published alongside George Abraham, Michael Wasson, Bani Amor, Hazem Fahmy and many more. Thankful to Sarah Clark, Victoria Cho, Joey De Jesus for their work in putting this important folio together. (Photos by Jessica Christy)