It’s been an intense few weeks for many reasons, but now, I’m at that mythical Minnesota place known as “up north,” there are yellow aspens and apple trees out the window, the cat is playing with waxed paper, and everything’s all right here.

This week, I got some very happy news. My nonfiction chapbook titled (for now) WHEN TIDES MEAN SOMETHING IS GIVEN will be published by MIEL Books in early 2016! This little book is about astronomy, beginnings, violence, dance, and what it means to give and be given. MIEL makes extraordinarily beautiful books, and I’m over the moon about my work joining their list. If you are or know someone who loves poetry or lovely objects made with care, check out their chapbooks.

I wrote my chapbook last summer while in residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City (that’s a photo of my writing studio above). It was something of an accident; I hadn’t planned on working on any of these short essays. They were all written while sitting on the patio late at night, Saturn to the south and a giant wolf spider to the east. I can’t wait to see these pieces become a book.