Y’all, I have SO much to tell you. Let’s go!
First, Inner Moonlight at The Wild Detectives has continued to astonish. We put on a hell of a show the second Wednesday of every month. Since I last posted, these amazing folks have come through: Princess McDowell and Gabby Edwards, Machele Johnson and Sarah Friday, and Mark Noble and V.P. Crowe. I’ve got Tom Farris and Harry McNabb slated for October. Can’t wait to see you there!
I also had the opportunity to read poems at the record release for a local band, Spora Junket alongside the incomparable Brittany Griffiths. The band is ethereal and cool; you should definitely check them out. The show was at the historic Top Ten Records in Oak Cliff. I had such a blast! Everyone was so chill and nice to me. The folks at Top Ten are true professionals. I took this selfie ‘cause I was super stoked:
Also! We celebrated the 2019 issue of Script with Awards Night on September 20. It’s such a pleasure getting all our contributors, editors, and supporters together in one place to recognize the talent, resilience, and passion of our Tarrant County College South community. This is the fifth issue I’ve produced with students and it continues to be such an incredible joy. Check out the gorgeous turnout below:
I also had the honor of participating in Art & Words again this year. Big thanks to Bonnie Stufflebeam for making it all happen! It was special for several reasons. First and foremost, my wife, Ashley, was also in the show with her stunning visual art. I am so freakin’ proud of her. The show had an excellent turnout. My parents came, as did my friend and mentor from undergrad with her daughter, and several of my own current creative writing students. I felt very supported and loved. I also felt very seen by artist Alex Sharp, who made this astonishing and beautiful piece in response to my poem, “Flash Floods.”
I also just returned from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference. I had a fantastic time. It’s always a pleasure to meet like-minded folks. I learned a lot and also gained clearer perspective on how fortunate I am to do the work that I do. Can’t wait to go back next year!
Last, but most definitely not least, the installation at the Dallas Museum of Art for Spiderweb Salon is live! It’ll be up til January, so you should definitely go check it out! You can find out more and hear our work at that link, but really, you gotta go see it. I am beyond proud to be included in this collective. They embody so many things I believe in and they create such magic in the world.
See, I told you. So much to share! Stay tuned, y’all. You know I always have more good news on the way. Be good out there.