I was thrilled to learn I received one of the six Pushcart Prize nominations from So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for my poem “O City of Effortful Joys.” Thank you to Meredith Cummings, the entire team at KVML, and all of the wonderful artists who contributed to this special issue, which may be purchased here.
The other So It Goes nominees for the Pushcart are:
Warren Bronson – “Greta Turnvoldt’s Memorial Dog Park”
Nancy Cook – “Worker’s Caucus”
Jeff Fleischer – “Grandmama Sadie’s Power Play”
Josh Lefkowitz – “A Decepticon That Will Save Us”
Ami J. Sanghvi – “American Pulp Fiction”
Congratulations all around!
The ninth issue of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will launch October 3, 2020 during Banned Books Week. Each year, the issue focuses on a Vonnegut-related theme, and in 2020, that theme is Civic Engagement. My poem “O City of Effortful Joys” appears in the issue. You can read more about the issue on the KVLM site, and you can order it here. And if that weren’t enough, you can watch a video of me talking about the poem. In addition, I’ll be participating in a launch event on Oct. 3, which you can register for here. Thank you to Meredith Cummings, Julia Whitehead, Beth Ann Broadhurst, and everyone on the KVML team for making it happen. I’d also like to thank Jesse Wellman, Christina Regon, and all the nurses I know, who helped inspire the poem.
I was flattered to appear recently in a Q&A with Scout Cambridge/Scout Somerville). I was the first editor of this publication, and the current editor, Lilly Milman, interviewed me for a story about the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Thanks to Lilly for the attention, Sasha Pedro for photo, and Scout founder and publisher Holli Banks for her invaluable role in building what we launched together.