"Searching for Identity: Finding Words"
My essay, "Searching for Identity: Finding Words", was awarded third place in the 2021 RCWMS Essay Contest. Writers were asked to "focus on the theme of identity and belonging. Oppressive systems and structures seek to prevent us from living into the complexities of our identities and lived experiences. How do you know when you are showing up as your full self and experiencing true belonging?"

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, "committed to supporting women as they find their voices and make them heard", weaves "feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world."

Recently Published Non-Fiction
"Diversity Lip Service"
The literary community has always catered to white, abled, neurotypical, cis, straight, (mostly) male voices. The entire establishment is structured to privilege those who have money, which usually doesn't include Black, Indigenous, Latino/a, neurodivergent, trans, disabled, and/or Queer writers.

Of late, there has been much discussion lip service in literary circles about the need for diversity in what voices are published. But the entire conversation around submissions from disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQI+, Black, Indigenous, etc. writers is meaningless when publications continue charging fees, or giving weight to expensive pedigrees, that make it cost-prohibitive for all of those marginalized writers to actually submit.

I recently called out one publication for its "Diversity Lip Service". The response surprised me, but I hope it inspires other writers to do the same. Read my essay about it on The Handy, Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for disabled and neurodivergent creatives.

"Voices of the Unheard"
Elected officials invite voters to attend "hearings" about how they should spend taxpayers' money, but then never listen to what their constituents say. They continue to pour billions of dollars -- often at the expense of key government programs, mental health services, education, housing, etc. -- into the always gaping, never appeased, maw of police/sheriff/trooper budgets to the benefit of almost no one except those wearing the uniforms/badges.

I discuss the way hundreds of municipal, county, and state governments ignored thousands of people demanding they stop militarizing law enforcement and slash police budgets in "Voices of the Unheard" on The Big Smoke.

The Big Smoke is "a capital city for the 21st century in America. We're all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they'll love."

Recently Published Poetry
"Playing with Form"
This month, Poetic Sun published three of my poems in three different forms (including my first Fibonacci poem). Read all three — "House Finches" (a Fibonacci), "Day's End" (a Shadorma), and "Grief" (a Nonet) — on page 7 (page 10 in the document) of Issue 4.

Poetic Sun is a new poetry journal, edited by Shiyang Su and Jianing Ran, publishing "poems with concrete imagery and strong emotions". The editors "like poems that surprise us and make us weep like soft children; We like beautiful music flowing in your lines."
Read Dinosaur, third place winner in the inaugural Cripendy Contest, now on The Handy, Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for disabled and neurodivergent creatives.

"Watching the Wetlands"
One of the things that kept me sane during the 13 months in which I never left my condo, was the antics of the wildlife visible outside my window. In March, shortly after my one-year quarantinaversary, a friend asked me if there had "been any interesting activity?" I converted my email response to her into the diamond shape poem, "Watching the Wetlands".

VoiceCatcher -- an online journal that supports, inspires, and empowers trans and cis women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas -- published "Watching the Wetlands" in the Spring 2021 issue.