Inaugural Issue: The Rush

Hello friends and writers,

I am so honored to have a poem in the inaugural issue of The Rush, a literary magazine published by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. They typically seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. To my delighted surprise, they are actually able to pay writers. Many fledgling journals or magazines are unable to pay writers until they have published several issues and accrued a following. This first issue is special to me for another reason – my poem appears alongside the experimental prose of someone I had the privilege of work-shopping during my graduate poetry workshops, Judith Roney. You can find her piece, “How to Operate with a Blown Mind,” here. You can also find my poem, “SE 14th Avenue Evenings,” here, and the entire first issue is available on their homepage.

I haven’t written an update in a long while, but there have been many blessings for me and Josh recently. I am excited to sit down and gather all of my thoughts soon. Until then, happy writing.

With love,


SRR Volume 36, Issue 3 is live!

Hello friends and writers,

My poem, “Staring into the Sun,” went live in the volume 36, issue 3 of The Sandy River Review, the undergraduate literary journal run by students at the University of Maine at Farmington. My poem starts on page four, and check out all of the other lovely literary works and photographs that made it into this issue.

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First UCF MFA Reading of the Year


This summer was an absolute whirlwind, and I imagine you must feel the same way. As I mourn the passing of August and contemplate the fact that there are no more semesters for me to look forward to anymore (unless I suck it up and go for the PhD), I was overjoyed to be invited to read at UCF’s first PARCELS reading of the academic year. This will be the third premier PARCELS reading that I’ve been a part of and I am so glad to share the few poems I wrote this summer with UCF’s current creative writing students, alumni, and faculty. The reading series will no longer be held at Stardust Video & Coffee but will, instead, take place at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park from about 7:30 until 9 p.m. this coming Sunday (9/11/2016). There will be a total of four readers sharing new works in fiction, literary nonfiction, and/or poetry. I look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces!

If you or someone you know might be interested to learn more about UCF and its MFA or Graduate programs, please feel free to visit them online or leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have or refer you to the best possible resource. The MFA program in Creative Writing offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction, and features a curriculum fueled by aesthetic values and focused on students’ original creative work. UCF’s faculty members are deeply committed to cultivating a diverse community of high-quality literary writers and preparing them for careers in writing, editing, teaching, and/or other creative endeavors. They prepared me, and I’ve found good fortune publishing my poems in this very competitive literary market while utilizing tools learned in the classroom in my marketing strategy career. The sky is the limit, and no one can stifle your creativity. Dare to discover your capabilities.

You can also follow the fun events and advice or topic articles consistently posted to the MFA program’s blog.

Self-portrait featured in The Sun Magazine


Shocked and elated to come home to my (September 2016) Issue 489 of The Sun magazine, who incredibly selected a photograph of mine for publication last autumn and now it’s really real! What a wondrous belated birthday gift.

I hope to one day publish a poem or two with The Sun, but photography is another great love of mine. I took this particular photograph, “Head South,” in October of 2010, nearly six years ago from today while standing in a backyard in Kissimmee. I was new to the Orlando area then, and I had no idea where life would take me. Thank you to Rachel Elliott and the talented editorial team in Chapel Hill, and thank you for pairing my photograph with Claire Halliday’s unique essay, “The Possible Universe.” I am so honored to be a part of this amazing publication.

PS: Stay tuned for hopefully more exciting news!

Prose poem live in Crab Fat Magazine


My fiancé and I were finishing up a long weekend trip to the Carolinas and eating at a Fort Mill, SC BBQ joint when I received the word that one of my very first prose poems ever written, “I did a lot of things,” went live (yesterday) in Crab Fat Magazine‘s August 2016 issue. I want to thank Crab Fat for featuring me and the many talented writers and artists in this issue, including but not limited to E.F. Schraeder, Tricia Yost, and Colin Talmage. Take a break from your day and read a little!

PS: Stay tuned for some hopefully exciting news.

Yellow Chair Review’s Issue 7 is live!


Good Morning WordPress,

Yellow Chair Review‘s Issue 7 went live yesterday, and you can read the entire issue here! My poem, “The Gasoline Tree,” was published along with 99 other wonderful poets, seven artists/photographers, and 14 prose writers. Feast your eyes on a very diverse issue. Consider submitting your work to Yellow Chair ReviewYellow Chair Review is a literary journal accepting submissions of poetry, prose and art. Issues release quarterly. They seek to act as a safe space for both readers and writers from marginalized groups. They are particularly interested to see submissions from POC and the LGBTQ community. This would be a perfect opportunity for any of my fellow Central Floridians to submit writing related to the Pulse tragedies and how the Orlando community responded. Your voices should be heard.

In other news, I’ve been paying closer attention to the submission rejections I’ve received recently. Of the seven total rejections I’ve received in June so far, five of them asked me to consider sending my work again in the future. That’s definitely something to be happy about. Happy Tuesday!