Hot with the
Forthcoming from Alice James Books in May 2020!
Hot with the Bad Things is a lyric sequence of prose poems. The book interrogates violence against women, both physical and psychological, and how a woman lives within that violence. Told through a shifting voice and recollection, the speaker explores the intersection of fear and identity and the malleability of her own experiences of violence enacted on her by men, particularly a past partner. Imagistic and evocative, Hot with the Bad Things is concerned with what is and isn’t unsayable and what can and cannot be blotted out; how traumatic memory can be something we attempt and fail to pack away someplace to leave.
Undone in Scarlet
A collaborative chapbook,
co-authored with Suzannah Russ Spaar
In 2019, Undone in Scarlet, a chapbook co-authored with Suzannah Russ Spaar was released from Tammy as part of their Chapbooks Series Three. Cue fireworks.
In 2015, I met the poet Suzannah Russ Spaar at Pitt. Not only did I gain a brilliant colleague, but she is an irreplaceable friend. Our writing together is a reflection our relationship: one of true dialogue, of collaborative support, and of a mutual reverence for partnership among women. Rooted in the mythology of Helen and Clytemnestra, we structured the chap with binding final and first lines, and thought of the back-and-forth as our speakers writing to each other.