Spring Update

I feel like I'm in a big pile of laundry scattered through a small bedroom: some of it's clean, a lot of it's dirty, most of it's wearable in public, but because of my upbringing I'm not going to try.

I have a bunch of documents I'm rotating working on, mostly creative nonfiction, essays, and prose poems. Sentences are good, paragraphs are good, full pieces...not so much. When I feel the need to get work out in the open I go to the Dogfish Reading Series, a monthly event here in New Orleans loosely connected to the Loyola Writing Institute. If you're in town, you should check it out: there's free homemade food and a variety of booze. Featured guest writers read and chat about their work and are followed by an open mic.

It's a good thing I've got something more straightforward like Southern Glossary to work on. I recently redesigned the site with a new template, and I'm very excited because it's now more like how I always wanted it to be with a visuals-first design but also a straightforward way to move between posts. 

I have artists lined up through September and keep adding more, but right now the real fun is contacting everyone from the past six months to collect images for issue #2 of the print zine. I'm going to go with a standard magazine format this time instead of the half-size digest version, and I'm really blown away in retrospect by how much good work is right at my fingertips. I'm working with some really talented and generous people and I'm hopeful that issue #2 will be a good vessel for their art.

Finally, check out the new Snapshots category on this site where I'll be posting stuff from my photo walks with friends. You can catch me more frequently on Instagram.

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