Returning to Writing

Writing for me has become a process linked to separation from the world. The greatest work of the past few weeks that I've produced has been that created at residencies: Vermont Studio Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Montana Artists Refuge, Macdowell Colony, Cave Canem, etc. It's in those places, surrounded by the …

Spring Book Tour 2009

Please join me in celebrating the poetry that Martin Espada called "explosions of pain and transcendence, jagged epiphanies, surreal, haunting, erotic and anguished by turns". This is the work that Aracelis Girmay noted as "... the work of a poet who possesses the graceful sensuality of dusk & the unflinching eye of the butcher ... …

The Last Lecture

Recently, I celebrated a friend's birthday in New York. It was a belated celebration for a truly beautiful spirit. My birthday gift for her was a day of her choice, all my treat. We went down to Chinatown and had bubble teas, dumplings, sesame pancakes, duck soup, enough food to feed an army. We walked …