I am pretty thrilled to share that my first chapbook has been shortlisted for the 2015 International Venture Award and four poems from the longer book version have been recognized for merit by Atlanta Review's 2015 International Poetry Prize. I hope to have even better news soon-- perhaps the whole book will be out there one of these days! Of course I am immeasurably grateful to the judges for their encouragement and support, but these awards aren't the point. Whenever I write a poem, a real, honest poem, that's the point. Still, recognition helps you plug along. It's the nicest feeling to think your words have touched someone else. Plus, one of my friends told me this news made her want to work on her own chapbook again, and I thought that was wonderful. Anything that gets me or you or anyone else excited about poetry is wonderful, frankly.
Speaking of which (wonderful and poetry and all that), I recently found/ read this essay about why poetry matters by one of my favorite all-time poets Audre Lorde. Check it out here! It will make your toes twinkles and ears burn with joy, so why not give it a read?