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Attended Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Lived in Easthampton, MA
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A Poem for Tax Day
I thought about maybe putting up the Star Spangled Banner or something, but then thought better of it. Here's a poem that has absolutely nothing to do with taxes, but everything to do with hunger. And thus, I suppose, has a lot to do with taxes. Once I Did ...
I thought about maybe putting up the Star Spangled Banner or something, but then thought better of it. Here's a poem that has absolutely nothing to do with taxes, but everything to do with hunger. And thus, I suppose, has a l...
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SUN days
Late with posting today's poem because I was too busy being outside. This poem very poignantly reminds us that things are not always what we think they are. It is particularly sad to me, when I think about the way loneliness is becoming epidemic in our worl...
Late with posting today's poem because I was too busy being outside. This poem very poignantly reminds us that things are not always what we think they are. It is particularly sad to me, when I think about the way loneliness ...
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Poet Wins a Prize
So Carl Phillips has been shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize . I don't really know much about the prize other than most poets think it is a really big deal and it comes with a fair cash award. But, in honor of Carl Phillips' being selected as a f...
So Carl Phillips has been shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. I don't really know much about the prize other than most poets think it is a really big deal and it comes with a fair cash award. But, in honor of Carl ...
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It's only April 9th People, You Can't Be Tired of Poetry Yet!
It appears as though the click through rate to read the poems I am posting every day is declining. I don't mind so much, but I do think it is indicative of the month: everybody starts off strong writing a poem a day, reading a poem a day, going to a reading...
It appears as though the click through rate to read the poems I am posting every day is declining. I don't mind so much, but I do think it is indicative of the month: everybody starts off strong writing a poem a day, reading ...
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The Side Effects of Paxil
In the very late 1990s, I edited and published a Queer women's literary journal called AnteUp . My good and very talented friend  Kathy Azada designed the journal, and many great writers submitted their work. The journal was short-lived (only two print issu...
In the very late 1990s, I edited and published a Queer women's literary journal called AnteUp. My good and very talented friend Kathy Azada designed the journal, and many great writers submitted their work. The journal was sh...
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James Baldwin
I'm almost finished reading Another Country for the second time. I have yet to read another write who captures a human being's internal thought process so wrenchingly. I love this book, but Giovanni's Room will always be my favorite. At any rate, I heard th...
I'm almost finished reading Another Country for the second time. I have yet to read another write who captures a human being's internal thought process so wrenchingly. I love this book, but Giovanni's Room will always be my f...
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The 16th Poet Laureate of the U.S.
Kay Ryan needs no introduction. She does need well-wishes though, and I hope that she is well on her way to complete health by now from the bike accident she had back in January . I had never heard of Kay Ryan's work until she became poet laureate in 2008. ...
Kay Ryan needs no introduction. She does need well-wishes though, and I hope that she is well on her way to complete health by now from the bike accident she had back in January. I had never heard of Kay Ryan's work until she...
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Frank O'Hara, Because
Most people who know me know how much I have studied/enjoyed Frank O'Hara's poems over the years. His work used to mean one thing to me, and as I have evolved and returned to these poems, so have these poems evolved to mean new things to me. The first two l...
Most people who know me know how much I have studied/enjoyed Frank O'Hara's poems over the years. His work used to mean one thing to me, and as I have evolved and returned to these poems, so have these poems evolved to mean n...
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Tired Sex
While I was an MFA student at Mills College one of my professors, Chana Bloch , had just won a poetry prize and a new book of her poetry,  Mrs. Dumpty , was published by University of Wisconsin Press. In the 1990s, publishing a book of poems was somewhat le...
While I was an MFA student at Mills College one of my professors, Chana Bloch, had just won a poetry prize and a new book of her poetry, Mrs. Dumpty, was published by University of Wisconsin Press. In the 1990s, publishing a ...
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The Good Life is Ragtime
You have to pay a buck for your transit card nowadays, so you're inclined to keep it as long as possible. Smartly, they are printing the Poetry in Motion poems on the back, which makes me feel like poetry is my currency. When I moved back to New York to go ...
You have to pay a buck for your transit card nowadays, so you're inclined to keep it as long as possible. Smartly, they are printing the Poetry in Motion poems on the back, which makes me feel like poetry is my currency. Whe...
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Introduction
I live in Brooklyn, New York and am a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, with an MA in Psychiatry and Religion, and Certification in Nonprofit Administration. I will probably call myself a recent graduate until such time as what I learned there no longer bothers me on a daily basis (bothers in a good way). I also received an MFA from Mills College in 1997, and went to Adelphi University--once mispronounced on an episode of Glee--for my BA. Clearly, I have too many letters after my name and the debt to show for it. I earn a living through fundraising and development strategy, and I also help other writers write their books, then sell them to agents. I've published a few things and am at work on a novel that I started in, mmmm, 2002 maybe? It's going to be a while.
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My chapbook of poetry, Impatiens, was published by Sow's Ear Press in 2001 and can be purchased directly from my blog by clicking the "published" link above..
Education
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
    Psychiatry and Religion, Nonprofit Administration, 2013
  • Mills College
    Creative Writing, Poetry, 1997
  • Adelphi University
    English, Creative Writing, 1993
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November Eighth, When I Remember I'm Not the Only One
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Today, someone gave me a polished stone and said to place all my burdens and worries in that stone, and then give that stone to God. I will

Praying for Others on November Seventh
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Dear God, A lot of things will be happening today - some I'll be involved in, others I will not. Please take care of the one who is in pain,

Cat Dog Ditty
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Click here to view this photo book larger So I took all those Tiny Paintings I do and made up some cute little rhymes about these pets and t

Sodomy, Inhospitality, and Pride
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The repeal of DOMA got me thinking about history: That a bunch of events (as Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner's facebook page nicely tribute) inc

An attempt at tonal drawing
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i feel so old school with a blog. Wednesday, June 12, 2013. An attempt at tonal drawing. Posted by teru at 5:22 PM · Email ThisBlogThis!Shar

Fun Facts 2013!
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After a LONG spell of neglect, I am posting some fun facts and interesting stats about the past two years on this here very appropriately ti

The Soporific Effect of Doom
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As a fundraiser who writes a fairly large number of mail appeals, I know that gloom and doom, while it can make it easier to present the cas

My Grandmother Smoked Pall Malls, the Red Pack
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On Sunday I spent the first part of my morning staring out the window trying to concentrate on writing my thesis, then spent the rest of the

Do People Change?
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I got mad the other day because I read a wildly popular and industry-beloved poem by a hot new white male poet--barely mid-20s--and it sound

The Trouble with Her Comfortable Shoes...
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Perhaps it is because I spent my most formative years in the Queer bubble of the Bay Area that I never experienced people taking issue with

I Wish I Had a T-Shirt that Said "Ask Me About My Ashes"
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This morning marks the first time I have gotten ashes then made my morning commute on the 2/3 and 4/5 to Grand Central in New York. People s

Hella Forrest Gump
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One of my life lessons is learning how to take care of myself. I do this thing where I will take care of everyone else around me, but I won'

The Arc of My Mother’s Brow : Ms. Magazine Blog
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We called ourselves the Dead Mothers Support Group or DMSG for short. If there was a touch of the macabre in the name, that was okay with us

False Evidence...
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I've got a bad case of writer's fear. I don't believe in writer's block, because I know I can write, and it's not like the words won't come

Humility in a Celebrity Society
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I don't know about you, but if I'm recognizing my own humility, I'm not exactly in a state of humility. It's usually only when I am on my wa

The Purpose of Purpose
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On Friday, I took the Barclay's Center Shuttle to Manhattan to go to work. The regular schedule of life starts up again tomorrow, and I want

Varieties of Poetic Experience
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When I was young (by both maturity and age standards), maybe about 26 years old, I knew I was going to be a poet when I grew up. I wasn't su

Tiny Paintings Strikes Again
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This time I wrangled another tiny painter to join me...turns out she's a pretty fantastic tiny painter! This is Finn - wild puppy of 2012. N

Quietude
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I want to change the subject. I want to change it not because I do not wish to see, but because there are some things which cannot be talked

:|: Two weeks since my last confession...
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It's hard to believe the last time I posted here was about two weeks ago. I had been doing more writing in balance with, and inspired by