My essay, “Two Adoptions,” appears in the May 2021 issue of Commonweal Magazine.
I was delighted to review Jia Lynn Yang’s book, One Mighty and Irresistible Tide, for Commonweal Magazine. Her vivid, deeply human, and sweeping history of the decades leading up to President Johnson signing of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act is a must-read.
If you’re in Chicago, come by for some poetry!
A huge thank you to Subterranean Books on Delmar, our five amazing Kundiman Midwest poets, (L to R) Mikkel Snyder, Rachel Ronquillo-Gray, Helene Achanzar, Hyejung Kook, Eugene Gloria, and myself.
Special gratitude to Katherine Witzig, our delightful accommodations host.
The reading was packed, the words were lyrical, piercing, hilarious, and breathtaking. We hope to do it again very soon!
“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!
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.