I'm honored to have been selected for the third time as a semifinalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards. GBOMA is a fantastic event. It epitomizes what I love about Chicago: its hustle and heart, its creative folks from every neighborhood and every continent. I'm humbled and heartwarmed each time I'm there. Come on out for it on September 17, 7:30 pm at Promontory in Hyde Park.
Before I do GBOMA I will presumably practice reading this poem (it's one of the ones from Breathtaken, which you can read as a pdf here since I sold all the printed copies I made). I will ride my bike a long distance and think about the light through trees. After, I'll continue distilling some of my many thoughts about poetry and translation and sound and put them in your email box eventually. And on November 17 I'll cohost another installment of Basement Life, the new reading series that gets much of my excitement and little of my website-tinkering time. And life will go on, and seasons will change, and we'll all move through the world as we must.
Thanks as always for reading. Come out next week, or drop me a line, or just know I am glad you're there.