“After the Concert" and “What We Laugh At,” Nimrod, 2020

“Pruning, New Year's Day," SWWIM, 2020

“Ash, a Broad-Breasted White Turkey Hen, Age 8,” Rattle Poets Respond, 2019

“When It Is Appropriate to Give a Thumbs-Up to a Baby,” Glass Poets Resist, 2019

“Evacuation Chorus,” Crab Creek Review, 2019

"We Interrupt This Program," Tupelo Quarterly, 2019

"To Whoever Inherits the Earth," Rattle Poets Respond, 2019

"At the Phlebotomist's," Rogue Agent, 2019

"My Sister Show Me Ways to Live," Tinderbox Poetry Journal, 2018

"Forgetful Villanelle" and "At the Happy Dragon Thrift Store," Virga, 2018

"The Vegetarian Dismembers a Chicken," Willawaw Journal, 2018

"To the Firefighters Sleeping in the Yard," Rattle Poets Respond, 2018

"Sleeping Alone," Verse Daily, 2018

"To the Person Who Marked Up This Book of Poetry," SWWIM, 2018

"These Horses Will Not Be Harnessed," The Hopper, 2018

"Resistors," Cleaver, 2017

"My Ex, the Surgeon" and "Balloon Payment," Willawaw Journal, 2017

"The World Entire," Rattle Poets Respond, 2017

"To the Drone All Objects Are Beautiful," Bird's Thumb, 2017

"Elephants," Portside, 2017

"The Grief as a Comforting Rerun of Deep Impact," Barrelhouse, 2017

"What I Would Tell My Daughter on Her First Day of Work," Rattle Poets Respond, 2017

"Spring: A Catechism," Cobalt Review, 2016 (winner, Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize)

"At 2,000 Feet" and "Mad Money," Tinderbox Poetry Journal, 2016

“Mountain Guide," Cleaver, 2016

“‘You Are Love and Light,’” Cultural Weekly, 2016 (winner, Jack Grapes Poetry Prize)

Essays & creative nonfiction

“On Stevens Creek,” Longridge Review, 2020

"Steal This Bull," Gulf Coast, 2020

"Anatomy of a Poetry Book" and "Coming Unstuck: 10 Techniques to Break Out of a Poetry Rut," The Poet's Market, 2017–2020

"Fear and Recognition: Origin of a Poem," Bird's Thumb, 2017

"Cigarettes: It's What's for Dinner," Longridge Review, 2017

"Open Mikes: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times," on Trish Hopkinson's blog, 2017

"Always Eat the Ugly Things First," Medford Mail Tribune, 2017

"10 Chapbook Design Techniques Every Poet Should Know,"  The Poet's Market, 2013–2016

Video poems 

“I Was Grass,” with film by Eduardo Yagüe

Backward Like a Ghost,” with film by Lori Ersolmaz

“Reading Arabic,” with film by Dave Bonta

“Memory,” with film by Jutta Pryor


  1. Your pen is your weapon drawn or in holster your aim is true. So I tip my hat ,,
    As I once used to do .. Thomas

  2. Just read your winning poem from the Jack Grapes contest. Wow! Fantastic, caught me off guard in the first line. Terrific imagery and thought provoking words. Great job! Definitely opened my eyes to what a poem can do.

    1. Thanks so much! It was a thrill winning the Jack Grapes Prize. I really appreciate your comment.

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