Wednesday

What Could Be the Last Day of the World & More

photo by Heather Raquel Phillips

Listen to a few pieces recorded for an upcoming podcast by Philadelphia Contemporary. Thanks to Wexler Studio at Kelly Writers House and thank you Yolanda Wisher!

Sunday

New Work in The American Poetry Review


I'm honored to have new work in The American Poetry Review. Also included in the issue are Khadijah Queen, Sharon Olds, Kimiko Hahn, Dara Wier & others.

Click here to read "The Sea a Battered Dream"

Wednesday

An Immigrant Alphabet



April 21st was the culmination of work I've been doing with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture that included a collaboration with Dr. Jay Fluellen, and a series of workshops with kids from Northeast High School- the most diverse immigrant student population in the Philadelphia School District. Journeys Across Imaginary Lines was a performance at the Philadelphia History Museum that featured Hafez Kotain, Trapeta Mason, Valerie Gay, Kinan Abou-afach, Jay Fluellen and me. The afternoon included a workshop that Trapeta & I led exploring movement, memory and loss. One of my favorite moments was when a Palestinian poet who published two books in Arabic wrote his first poem in English during our exercise. It's a beautiful poem. It was a beautiful day.

Thursday

Frank O'Hara's Last Lover at William Way

Frank O'Hara's Last Lover is one of my favorite reading series in the city's rich poetry history. On March 14, I had the great honor of reading with two of my favorite poets anywhere- Fred Moten and Raquel Salas Rivera. Thanks so much to curator Jason Mitchell for hosting us at The William Way LGBTQ Community Center- one of my favorite poetry nights ever.

(Fred, Raquel & me at 13th & Locust)

Tuesday

New Work in The Wanderer

I have new poems in one of my favorite lit journals- The Wanderer (edited by Raquel Salas Rivera and Colette Arrand). Check out two new poems and an excerpt of a third right here.


("FOR A LONG TIME I USED TO GO TO BED EARLY" BY Raymond Pettibon)

Ciudad Santuario- Chilean Book Tour



Ciudad Santuario (Das Kapital Ediciones) has seen the light of day. The work is translated into Spanish by friend & comrade Carlos Soto Roman. There is also a surprise publication from Libros del Pez Espiral- a translation of my chap-length poem (also by CSR) entitled Diary of Perversities & Main Events. We toured Chile together throughout Santiago, Valparaiso, and Valdivia. The whirlwind took us to universities, high schools, bookstores, galleries and a couple of Pablo Neruda Houses- sometimes with 2 or 3 gigs a day. Nothing is better than going on the road with a good friend and a great poet. Thanks for everything Carlos! 




Wednesday

Outbound Poetry Festival Launch

It was a blast to help debut the Outbound Poetry Festival during Poetry Month. Powerhouse Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher put together the week-long festival that was kicked off at Ulises by Philly Youth Poet Laureates Otter Jung-Allen, David Jones, Yolanda & myself. Also, I needed to leave soon after so as not to spend all my money. There's so many amazing art books in an innovatively curated space. Discover Ulises some weekend soon.


(L to R: unknown, Sydney Coffin, Jessica Johnson, Frank Sherlock, Yolanda Wisher, Li'l Theo, David Jones, Kerwyn Sutherland)