Expanding on the extraordinary history & ecology of California's Death Valley National Park, while simultaneously investigating the contemporary perception of women who refuse to perform socially acceptable femininity, BADWATER asks us what gendered expectations we put on ourselves & others; as well as how we might place our identity outside the biological abilities of our physical bodies.
BADWATER is a book length hybrid poetic manuscript incorporating imagistic poetry, science writing, historical documents, & photography. The project is currently in progress.
What makes human beings long for & seek out the demise of their fellow man? Scabland explores the human predilection toward violence by unpacking sites of historical bloodshed. From famous battlefields, to prison camps, to small town crime scenes; Scabland wants to know why people have beaten, abused, & murdered each other throughout history.
Scabland is a book length poetic & photographic manuscript currently in the early research stages.
A semi-finalist for Tarpaulin Sky Press' 2017 Book Prize.
Through expanding the intersection of science & emotion, missoula. traces the ice-age floods responsible for the geography of the Pacific Northwest, & outlines a woman's struggle with identity & mental health after a traumatic childhood. Juxtaposing the findings of J Harlen Bretz, the rebel geologist whose 1928 explorations led to the development of a catastrophic flood theory, with stunning moments of sparse imagistic poetry, & visual explorations of geography & selfhood, missoula. asks how mothers can shape their daughters in the same way these catastrophic natural disasters once carved the physical landscape.
missoula. is a book length hybrid poetic manuscript completed as part of graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts. It is currently seeking publication. BONES, an experimental film based on poems from the book is available to watch online.
A poetic examination of those most enduring of creatures, the cockroach, Roach explores the relationships between living & mere survival. With a simultaneous parallel narrative unpacking the seduction of trauma, Roach seeks to understand how & why we fight to survive.
Roach is a short form poetry chapbook, currently seeking publication.
A feminist retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Persephone, The Unofficial Autobiography of Pina Pomegranate uses the foundation of this infamous story to explore the cycles of patriarchy, abuse, & misogynist violence in one woman’s life. Using as source material the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, where Persephone’s fate is first mentioned, The Unofficial Autobiography of Pina Pomegranate puts the reader in the mind of both this youthful maiden turned ruthless queen of the dead, & her rapist uncle husband; blurring the lines between victimhood & autonomy & exploring how survivors of violence can re-purpose their trauma into violence against others.
The Unofficial Autobiography of Pina Pomegranate is a full length poetic manuscript currently collecting dust on a shelf.