When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Teach This Poem - Poets.org

The title poem from my book was recently the Teach This Poem of the week over on Poets.org. It was the first poem for the new school year! Super honored to be kicking things off. Click through the images for an excerpt from my poem and an excerpt from the lesson (love the use of images of a hurricane!).

I’ve always loved this time of year—some new school supplies, a fresh haircut, the anticipation of the leaves changing, the leaves changing, the beauty of late summer/early fall meeting the beauty of reading together, of discussing books & language & sound & meaning. The beauty of notebooks & careful note-taking!!

Sunflowers & gratitude to Ansley Moon for developing this lesson. Full poem + lesson here.

Poetry In Voice - Poem of the Week

Thanks to Poetry In Voice for including my poem “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” (yes, the title poem from my book!) in an online anthology of poems available for their recitation contest—and for making this one their poem of the week. Read it on their site.

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Image, with the original announcement, from Poetry In Voice’s Twitter.

According to their website, Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie is a “charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, recitation, and writing.” Honored and delighted to have my poem included and featured this way.

Smith College

Thanks to the Smith College Poetry Center for making these beautifully designed cards with my poems on them!

I had an amazing time reading at Smith last Tuesday. Many thanks to Matt Donovan, Director of the Poetry Center, for organizing and shepherding and conversing. Thanks to Nathan McClain for the gorgeous introduction at the reading.

And my love to former teachers who came to the event—Floyd Cheung (I took an Asian American literature class with him and now he’s teaching my book in one such class!) and Martín Espada (I took a workshop, a Pablo Neruda class, and a poetry of the political imagination class with him at UMass Amherst).

It was also wonderful to meet up with some friends, old & new (love how easy it is to visit Western Mass/the Valley now that I’m back in the Boston area). And to explore the Smith College Museum of Art, which has such a fantastic collection… AND an incredible gift shop.

For example: this snail figurine!!

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Project VOICE - Writing Prompt

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Gratitude to Project VOICE for creating and posting on IG this writing prompt that uses my poem “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” (yes, the title poem from my book!) as a jumping off point. I so appreciate here the focus on listing and celebrating, on engaging with/subverting expectations, both internal and external. My thanks to Otto Vock of the Project VOICE team for asking to feature my poem. Check out the full post on IG here.