News & Interviews

A few quick stories about my book/me. Interviews of me/of others.


Interview by Jayne Benjulian at The Review Review

On emotional logic in poems, the learning curves of writing a first book, writing about North Korea, and more from my interview by poet Jayne Benjulian.

Bloom Review of Into the Cyclorama

Athena Kildegaard's thoughtful review of my book and interview of me. "In an especially vivid and moving poem, 'Inside the Great Buddha,' she tells about climbing into the massive head of the monument of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. This is a Buddha that has been 'built, rebuilt across the centuries,' just as a family’s history is built and rebuilt."


Rain Taxi Review of Into the Cyclorama

A beautifully written, incisive review by Jennifer van Alstyne.


UVA Lawyer Magazine "Vita" Feature, "A Way with Words"

I sat down with Eric Williamson at UVA Law to talk about poetry, law, and the weird in-between's. 


Into the Cyclorama Named a 2016 Foreword INDIES Poetry Book of the Year Finalist

I'm super excited that Into the Cyclorama has been selected as one of the 20 best poetry books of the year published by an independent press.  The other collections on this list are really impressive.  Fellow Warren Wilson grad Dwayne Betts won last year's prize for Bastards of the Reagan Era.


Reading at the Virginia Festival of the Book

My first appearance at this five-day book festival! At my favorite independent bookstore, New Dominion Bookshop.

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Interview by Kenyon Review

I had a great time being interviewed by Kenyon Review about one of my poems, writing in general, and the crazy new manuscript I'm working on now. Loved that KR used this line for the pull quote: "Getting older is nice in this way: you just don’t have the same energy for self-criticism that you did when you were young."


Writers Resist Day - January 15, 2017

Split This Rock hosted Samantha Thornhill and me for a packed Sunday Kind of Love Reading at Busboys & Poets in DC. Great article by Mia O'Neill about our reading and the responses being made by other writers to the new administration.


Interview of Mudlark Editor & Founder, William Slaughter 

I had a blast interviewing Bill and learning everything from the old London meaning of "mudlark" to the history of one of the web's first online literary journals.