essays

Poetry Book Contracts: What to Know Before You Sign

a guide to reading, understanding & negotiating your poetry book contract, with insights from editors at Graywolf, Copper Canyon, Pitt, & more

in The Millions

Order Out of Chaos: Revising Your Poetry Manuscript

practical suggestions for revising a collection, with lessons from books by Tiana Clark, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Camille Dungy, and more

in Poets & Writers

“Giving Birth Radicalized Me”

an interview with Lyz Lenz about her new book Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

in Electric Literature

The Up Drafts

an ongoing series of essays and interviews that examine creativity, productivity, writing process, and getting unstuck

in PANK

Kitchen Table MFA: An Alternative to the NYC/MFA Binary

a series of profiles of community writing organizations including Pittsburgh’s Madwomen in the Attic, Madison’s Arts + Literature Laboratory, Atlantic City’s World Above, and New Orleans’s Dogfish

in F(r)iction Lit

Motherhood Has Always Been Political—Now, Books About It Are, Too

A crop of new nonfiction works are examining how historical, social, and governmental forces shape motherhood

in Electric Literature

We Need to Talk About Whiteness in Motherhood Memoirs

White women get to challenge the narrative of child-rearing, but not everyone has that power

in Electric Literature

There’s no I in team—but there is a doula

My doula provided support to both me and my husband so we could labor together as a team.

in Motherfigure

How I Wrote “Your Best Post-Baby Body”

My own postpartum body was an untrustworthy, leaky container, and I’ve become interested in the poem as a porous container.

a craft essay in The Adroit Journal’s “How I Wrote” series