Dear you,

Ordinarily, I only send you newsletters once a month-- you're over-screened, I'm over-screened, we're all trying our best. However, things are not business as usual, and I endeavor to offer my labor when I can.

It has always been a dream of mine to offer community resources: workshops, prompts, consultations-- and now I can. Thanks to the brilliance of my friend, Julia Moon, I have added a few things to my shop that I hope will feel supportive to folks as they write.

If you are a BIPOC*, my workshops and writing prompts are free. If you're a white person with resources who would like to sponsor a workshop, consultation, or prompt for a BIPOC, please let me know.

In addition to new resources in the shop, I have a number of readings and events coming up. Thanks to the pandemic, they're virtual until further notice, which opens up access to a wider audience! You may find my events listed here.

I'm particularly excited to be reading with T.C. Tolbert tonight, for the official launch of Via Negativa (which was published on Monday! A Gemini book! Very appropriate). I'll also be reading at Lesley University, my alma matter (go lynxes! aren't lynxes the cutest mascot??) on Friday June 19th, 6pm EST.

If June is already booked up for you, don't worry! I've got plenty of events in July and August, including a reading with Writing X Writers, followed by a Q + A with Pam Houston on August 6th.

In addition to these literary offerings, I'm extremely grateful to belong to a press that puts its money where its mouth is. Kore Press Institute will be donating a portion of the sales of Via Negativa to a Tucson-based Black Lives Matter organization. You can buy my newest book AND support vital social justice orgs. What's better than that?

Glad you asked. Something better than that is the #blackoutbestsellerslist, which is a movement to fill the best sellers list with Black writers. Some of my favorite works of Black joy and brilliance include Ross Gay's Book of Delights, Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Person, Robin Coste Lewis' Voyage of the Sable Venus, Carl Phillips' Quiver of Arrows, and Kwame Dawes' Prophets, which are all available on Bookshop.

Sending lots of warmth and love to you as we approach the solstice.

In solidarity,

*Black and/or Indigenous People of Color