MuralLab Live- Open Source

What a great night at FringeArts! I was asked to open the event with a performance lecture on PACE, Neighbor Ballads and Write Your Block. The night included presentations from Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective, the amazing Michelle Angela Ortiz, a dance performance choreographed from Kate Watson-Wallace, and a panel discussion with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Paul Farber and Jane Golden. Check out all of the projects from Open Source Philly here.

Ideas We Should Steal- The Philadelphia Citizen

I talked with Emma Eisenberg of The Philadelphia Citizen about how Detroit's Write A House model might be possible here.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

I was honored to have the opportunity to introduce Juan Felipe Herrea at the Free Library of Philadelphia during his inaugural tour as the nation's new poet laureate. You can listen to the program in its entirety here.

Learn about Juan's nationwide project Casa de Colores here.

What All the Dark Cannot Extinguish

Thanks to Mike Newall for featuring me in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the eve of Pope Francis' historic visit to the city. Below the story, you can read the poem written after St. Francis of Assisi, on the occasion of Pope Francis' visit- and for my mother. Find the story here.

New Addition to the Famous Franks Mural

I'm overjoyed to be joining Pope Francis as the new additions on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's Famous Franks mural. The pope & I join Frank Sinatra, Aretha & Ben Franklin, Barney Frank, and others outside Dirty Frank's Bar on 13th & Pine. Thanks so much to artist David McShane for his talent and vision. You can read Philebrity's write-up about the restored mural here.


Gil Ott's "The Forgotten" on PoemTalk

Jenn McCreary, Pattie McCarthy & I give a close-but-not-too-close reading of Gil Ott's piece, entitled "The Forgotten." We discuss the workings of the poem, and, as Al Filreis says- "the lasting effects of Gil Ott's community work in the beyond-academic world of arts organizations; in the local small-press publishing world; in the network of advocacy for people with disabilities- and on the ways in which his interlocking commitments can be read in his poems. 

You can listen here.



LIFE IS TO BLAME FOR EVERYTHING is my new chapbook from Horse Less Press. The piece was composed in/during/through Jeremy Deller's JOY IN PEOPLE exhibition at the Philadelphia ICA. You can order this limited edition here.