Tempe Poetry in April Reading at Tempe Center for the Arts

Come join me for a reading


Wednesday, April 16th at 7 PM

at Tempe Center for the Arts for the Tempe Poetry in April Series.

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My poem “Now You See It Now You Don’t” on Verse Daily

My poem “Now You See It Now You Don’t” on Verse Daily January 14, 2014.

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FREAK SHOW Interview on The Postmasters Podcast


“Even though the impetus for the poems may have originated in that real world memory kind of context, how they’re shaped is entirely not memoir… I would never want this book to be read as a kind of truth of what actually happened.” — Valerie, on whether Freak Show, with all it’s autobiographical components, is really “a poet’s memoir”

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“Voices and Visions: The Writer’s Sense of Self” on Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center Blog

My sister hears voices. They call her godawful names. She also has visions, of Jesus in the tv. As a poet, using the same word we associate with madness to describe an essential quality, is, well, freaky.


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“On Narcissism and Shame”

“Narcissism and Shame,” my essay about writing FREAK SHOW that appeared on Jaded Ibis Productions:


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Piper Writer’s Studio Wrokshop

I’ll be teaching a four-week poetry workshop in October 2013

“Poetic Calisthenics: Four ways to stretch what you now about writing poems”

through the Piper Writer’s Studio at the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing,


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Reading    Monday, September 16, 2013 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, 7PM.

Reading   Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Trickhouse Live – Casa Libre in Tucson, AZ, 7 PM.

Reading   Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ, 7PM – 9PM.

Reading   Friday, October 4, 2013 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

Reading   Tuesday, November 5 at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ, 2 PM, PVCC Library.

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