“The Convert Wants Wounds, Not Scars,” is today’s poem on the Academy of American Poets. Thanks to Eduardo C. Corral for including me in September! https://poets.org/poem-a-day
My short piece, “Why I Came,” is up at Commonweal. It’s a brief recounting of my conversion to Catholicism, and an explanation of why I stay in this faith community in this particularly difficult, troubling, and trying time. I’m grateful to Katherine Lucky for her guidance and encouragement with this piece.
My essay, “We Carry Smoke and Paper” is in the latest issue of Blood Orange Review (v. 11.1). I’m grateful to the editors, especially Laura Westerfield, Heloise Abtahi, and Kristin Becker, for their generosity in getting this piece in shape for the beautiful BOR.
My short article, “The Sense of the Story” is up on The Common Reader blog today. Back in January, Michaella Thornton’s in-depth look into how layoffs hit women and mothers (Pinkslips: How Layoffs Create Double Jeopardy for Working Mothers) included part of my experience of getting laid off from St. Louis Community College. “The SenseContinue reading “The Sense of the Story on The Common Reader”
Rejection Slip is a series of pieces I submitted for publication that were rejected by the editors. Oh well. I submitted the following piece to NCR in December, in response to a multi-part discussion on Catholics who have left the church. The discussion began with Melinda Henneberger’s USA Today column (November 2018) about why sheContinue reading “Rejection Slip: National Catholic Reporter”
Michaella A. Thornton’s article, “Pink Slips: How Layoffs Create Double Jeopardy for Working Mothers,” revisits the 2018 STLCC layoffs in the context of how layoffs impact women more severely, how gender roles and expectations shape our responses to layoffs, and how layoffs neither help businesses nor refrain from punishing women harder than men. I wasContinue reading “Revisiting the STLCC Layoffs”
Bunky’s Books is coming to Cherokee Street this March! They’re already stocking shelves with titles from fantastic independent presses, including my very own Cooper Dillon Books: That’s The Dead in Daylight up on the top row! I can’t wait for the store opening. In the meantime, their online store is up and running. Thanks forContinue reading “New Bookshop Coming to STL”
I had the great pleasure of reading at The Dial Bookshop in Chicago, and being in the company of fellow readers (left to right) Emily Jungmin Yoon, Lani Montreal, and Suman Chhabra. Their poems about motherhood, daughterhood, race, gender, teaching, queerness, and numinous spaces were all breathtaking. Thank you for the beautiful space, words, andContinue reading “Reading at The Dial Recap”