Monday, September 21, 2015

all day desert rain


renee and tony came out for my reading

best light trail ride

lucy lucy 

i say yall ready they say yay

listening to the packers game while long trotting on sunday:  best game ritual ever

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

montana book festival

salt lake city w greg brownderville

abraham smith

4 hour layover

pie and whiskey hello

lunch reading with da powell

hick po reading :  allison hedge coke, adrian kien, abe smith, greg brownderville, front rowin it

earl craig

allison hedge coke


da powell, best reading ever

abe doing what he do

love missoula

proof i hike

beeeeeeautiful mt

proud of you, rach

pre- & post-montana sept

big o the new farm dog
big missus g 

i was tickled to be on the couch watching football

roxie cooling feets

we outchea goin to the feed store

ralph had to shake a feed bucket to get these ears

sell it or keep it?  keep it.

erik better get ready we rounding the year off in style

Friday, September 4, 2015

it's official! i've joined horse less press as assistant chapbooks editor! excited to contribute energy into one of my favs with some of my fav peoples!

link to horse less press

We are so excited to introduce you to our newly-embiggened editorial staff! We have added MANY new people to our collaboration this summer, which means it’ll probably take us the month of September to get everything & everyone up and running together — thanks for your patience and YAY! We are looking forward to what’s to come.
Jen Tynes, Founding Editor, Books Editor
Jen Tynes lives and teaches in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of  the full-length books Hunter Monies (Black Radish Books, forthcoming), Trick Rider (Trembling Pillow Press),Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), and The End of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press) and the chapbooks New Pink Nudibranch (Shirt Pocket Press), Here’s the Deal (Little Red Leaves Textile Series), You’re Causing a Disturbance (Dancing Girl Press), The Fabulous Bilocation of B. Lee (Projective Industries), The Black Mariah (DoubleCross Press), Autogeography (co-authored with Michael Sikkema, Black Warrior Review), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press), and The Ohio System (co-authored with Erika Howsare, Octopus Books).
Sade Murphy, Chapbooks Editor
Sade Murphy a poet and artist from Houston, TX. Sade is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, ​the author of Dream Machine (co-im-press, 2014)​, and a columnist at Real Pants (Lonely Britches and What’s the Tea). They are pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Activism​ at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Soham Patel, Chapbooks Assistant Editor
Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Her chapbook, and nevermind the storm (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) came out in 2013. Her work has been featured at Fact-Simile EditionsCopper NickelCURA and other places.  She is a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Shelly Taylor, Chapbooks Assistant Editor
Shelly Taylor is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books Braddock Book Prize, 2014) and Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2010), as well as three chapbooks,Dirt City Lions (Horse Less, 2012), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl, 2009), and Peaches the Yes-Girl (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008).  Hick Poetics, co-edited with Abraham Smith, an anthology of contemporary rural American poetry, is newly released from Lost Roads Press (2015).  Born in deep southern Georgia, Taylor now lives in Tucson and is a lecturer at the University of Arizona, a bartender, and a barrel racing hopeful.
Erika Howsare, Chapbooks Assistant Editor
Erika Howsare learned to write poems in Ohio, Rhode Island, and alongside Lewis & Clark. She’s the author of Elect June Grooms and Oak Knock (horse less press), The Ohio System (with Jen Tynes, Octopus Books), and a collaboration with Kate Schapira, FILL: A Collection, forthcoming in 2016 from Trembling Pillow Press. She lives in Virginia, amid a tangle of invasives.
Jessica Comola, Horse Less Review Editor
Jessica Comola is the author of Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest (forthcoming from Caketrain Press in early 2016) and the chapbook What Kind of Howly Divine (Horse Less Press 2014). Her work has previously appeared in jubilat, Tenderloin, Dreginald, EOAGH, and Smoking Glue Gun. She is working toward a PhD at the University of Denver.
Michael Sikkema, Books Assistant Editor, Horse Less Review Assistant Editor
Michael Sikkema is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, Futuring, January Found (both from Blazevox) and May Apple Deep (from Trembling Pillow Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks most recently Time Missing (from Grey Book Press). He’s interested in mycelium and dark matter. He is the founding editor of Shirt Pocket Press, a ragtag kitchen table chapbook operation based in Grand Rapids, MI.

Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia, Horse Less Review Assistant Editor
Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia is the author of This Sentimental Education, ROBOT, andYawning on the Sands in addition to being the founder of ALTPOETICS. They are a poet, humorist and drummer originally from Brooklyn, NY. They now reside in Albany, NY where they received a degree in linguistics. Their work has appeared in ditch, Caliban, Barzakh, BlazeVOX and Brooklyn Rail. As well, they have performed in upstate NY and Western MA including lengthy readings of the epic poem, ROBOT, with the no wave band – Hill Haints. More of Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia’s work can be found at
Jen Denrow, Horse Less Review Assistant Editor
Jennifer Denrow is the author of California. She lives in Colorado with a poet, a dog, and a baby.
Steven Dunn, Reviews & Interviews Editor
Steven Dunn was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he attended University of Denver and received his B.A. in Creative Writing. His first novel, Potted Meat, is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2016.
Amorak Huey, Reviews & Interviews Assistant Editor
Amorak Huey is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbook The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014). A former newspaper editor and reporter, he teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, The Collagist, Menacing Hedge, and many other print and online journals.
Sarah Cook, Reviews & Interviews Assistant Editor
Lately, Sarah Cook is thinking about: the limits of language + the need to write, say, keep trying; the moment one thinks, “that’s not something I would do/say/be,” and the moment that follows; self-care, productive failure, and side ponytails. She currently rollerblades in the state of Oregon. She has work forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


September 16 - EDGE 79 : Sarah Gonzales, Shelly Taylor & Orlando White 

Wednesday, September 16
7:30 PM
Suggested Donation: $5
At the ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave. (corner of E. University Blvd.)

EDGE is a lit & performance series of local and national writers and cross-genre artists, emphasizing diversity of narrative, identity and literary source. Its purpose is to create community and foster visibility & voice for diverse peoples and words; emerging and/or younger writers; and performers working across media and art form. Broadsheets of the authors' work are available with donation at each reading. Books and journals will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. Founded by poet and dancer/choreographer, Melissa Buckheit in 2008 at Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, Edge is currently in its eighth year and has featured over 250+ writers and artists. Starting in Fall 2015 EDGE is housed and affiliated with ZUZI! in The Historic Y and co-curated by poet Melissa Buckheit & fiction writer Estella Gonzalez. 

Sarah Gonzales

Sarah Gonzales serves as a community organizer and artist in Tucson, AZ and as a social justice education consultant nationally via her company, TruthSarita, LLC. Sarah is also the Codirector/Co-Founder of Spoken Futures, Inc home to programs including Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and Liberation Lyrics which creates space for youth to process and address issues such as the school to prison pipeline, LGBTQ rights and migrant justice through spoken word poetry. In addition to facilitation, training and youth organizing work, Sarah is an extensive haiku writer, fierce dance floor occupier and a trickster performance artist whose work landed her in 6th place in the Arizona US Presidential Primaries in 2012. She has published about her youth work in the Community Literacy Journal. Her poetry has been published recently by the Feminist Wire and will be included in the upcoming book, Talking Back and Looking Forward: Poetry and Prose for Social Justice in Education. Sarah has previously worked at Oklahoma State University, University of Arizona and Duke University. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the UA Cultural Centers.

Shelly TaylorShelly Taylor is the author of two full-length collections: Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books Braddock Book Prize: 2014) & Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky: 2010), as well as three chapbooks: Peaches the yes-girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs: 2008), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl: 2009), and Dirt City Lions (Horse Less: 2012). Hick Poetics, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry co-edited with Abraham Smith, will be released from Lost Roads Press in 2015. Born in deep south Georgia, Taylor is an instructor at the University of Arizona. She calls Tucson & horseback home.
Orlando White

Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). Originally from Tółikan, Arizona, he is Diné of the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné’e. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.