Category Archives: Collaborations

A Belated Music Announcement – The Rise of Amniotic Buzzsaw


The past several months I’ve been working on finishing an album that I recorded with my friend Jake Frye (of Jesus on the Moon fame) while we were both still grad students at Western Washington University back in 2009–10. That’s a long time to sit on recordings, I know, but we were so proud of them that we knew we had to do some sort of formal release eventually. But first we had to master the tracks, and then we had to have album art done. And doing all that stuff in your spare time usually makes it take time.

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New poem in A River & Sound Review, an Honor, and Other News

When you’re a submitting writer, it’s part of the natural course of things that some weeks go better than others. Rejections usually come in bunches, and they come more frequently in the fall, when school is back in, journals are opening for submissions, and everyone is looking to get a head start on the coming year’s work load.

Having occupied many roles in the publication cycle, from the rejector to the rejectee, the acceptor to the acceptee, I am quite fascinated and appreciative of the whole process. A lot of work goes in at all ends, making the moments when it all comes together that much more worth it.

New poem in Issue 9 of River & Sound Review 

Last week, my poem “The White Between the Frames” was featured in Issue 9 of A River and Sound Review. This crew doesn’t operate too far from me, and about a year and a half ago I had the honor of winning their five minute poem challenge. The editing team was a real treat to work with on some revisions of the poem, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable publication processes I’ve ever been a part of.

So, if you haven’t already, please take the time to read through their latest issue, and if you don’t already, follow them on Twitter (@RSRSeattle) and Facebook. Poetry editor Michael Schmeltzer runs the show online, and he’s always ready with a good quip or a Philosoraptor-worthy question. But yeah, check ’em out and tell them what good work they do.

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On Collaboration in Poetry, pt. 3: Ideas, Schmideas

Next week, Joshua Young and I will be releasing The Diegesis through Gold Wake Press on February 15.

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the value of collaboration in poetry.
In Part 2, I talked about how awesome it is not to have any time for anything.

I’ve focused on these subjects because they’ve been the most surprising (and exciting) aspects of collaboration. Today we’re going to round out the trilogy by talking about the nature of ideas.

Why are we going to talk about ideas? Because, well, it’s a good idea to.

If a writer isn’t complaining about not having enough time, they’re complaining about not having any good ideas. It’s always something with us damn writers.

You are guilty of this. I am guilty of this. Admit the guilt, and let’s move on.

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“The Next Big Thing” Interview


My friend and collaborator Joshua Young (author of When the Wolves Quit and To the Chapel of Light) tapped my shoulder in this epic game of tag for the project “The Next Big Thing,” a self-interview for writers with recent or forthcoming books (or I guess projects in process as well). After I answer the questions I have the pleasure of tagging more writers to do the same!

It’s no real surprise that Mr. Young would tag me. After all, we have a collection coming out next week called The Diegesis. I suggest that you read his thoughts here before reading my own, and I’ll try not to say the same things that he did.

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On Collaboration in Poetry, pt. 2: Hey Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

In a few short weeks, Joshua Young and I will be releasing The Diegesis through Gold Wake Press on February 15.

Last week, I started talking about the value of collaboration in poetry and how Josh and I first came to work together. I left off by saying, essentially, that although I agreed to work with Josh on this project, I had given myself no time to do so.

So let’s explore that thought further, this silly concept of time. By all accounts, it appears to be a very precious commodity. If this were David Lynch’s version of Dune, I could almost hear people whispering it seductively: time … sweet sweet time. 

Most of us look at time completely wrong. We all say that we don’t have enough of it, that we’ll take care of this or that project as soon as (a) we get a moment, (b) we get past some arbitrary date on a calendar, (c) work settles down, or (d) pigs fly. Now, planning ahead is a good thing—I’ve learned these past few years as a freelancer how easy it is to overcommit, believe me. But the secret is that if we really want to do something we can always find the time.

I’ve learned that a lot of the work I end up being most fond of is produced during stolen moments, periods of my life where I supposedly don’t have the time for anything.

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Heavy Feather Review Features (and Reviews) the Diegesis

The very friendly folks at the Heavy Feather Review have recently released Issue 2.1 of their journal, which features several pages from The Diegesis, among many other wonderful poets. I highly recommend checking it out and supporting a great new journal.

To further compound the honor, Heavy Feather also posted their review of The Diegesis. I’m not used to seeing people talk about the things I do, so it was a fun experience. I’ve been warned about not reading too many of your own reviews though, so we’ll see how I react when we get our first negative one.

My favorite part of the review? When a poem of mine that I almost cut from the collection gets singled out as a strong point. There is a certain beauty to multiple perspectives. I’m glad someone else liked that one, despite my own reservations.

Pre-order The Diegesis a collaborative poetry documentary with myself and Joshua Young, at SPD BooksAmazon, and Barnes & Noble

On Collaboration in Poetry, pt. 1

In a few short weeks, Joshua Young and I will be releasing The Diegesis through Gold Wake Press on February 15.

The collection marks my first full-length release of any kind. Well, at least with my name on it. The life of a professional copy writer means that you get to make a lot of things that you’re not necessarily credited for.

And that’s fine. In all honesty, I’d like to reserve my name for the things that mean the most to me anyway. In the case of The Diegesis, I have the honor of sharing a byline with someone who is far more creatively driven than myself, and the fact that this collection even exists is a testament to his ability to inspire creativity in others.

I say this because, I can assure you, without this guy around to kick my ass into action I still wouldn’t have my name on a book. Here’s to collaboration, then. With our book just around the corner, I figured now would be a good time to explore the value of creative collaboration, and why it’s one of my favorite ways to work.

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