Essays & Poems

A short essay on Francisco Aragón’s After Rubén, excerpted and adapted from my Foreword to his forthcoming collection, is up on the Best American Poetry blog (March 2, 2020). You can preorder the beautiful book of poems and prose from Red Hen Press.

A lyric essay on parenting in dark times appears in Issue 23 (Fall 2019) of Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature. Read “The Night After Newtown” here.

My essay “Rappalachia 911” appears in issue 8 (Fall 2019) of HeartWood Literary Magazine. Read about William Shatner, Flavor Flav, and my education in hip hop here.

The essay “Mountainsickness” won the annual nonfiction contest for 2017 at Still: The Journal. A companion piece to my book Urbilly, you can read the essay here, with a lovely introduction by the contest judge Sarah Einstein.

Also at Still: The Journal, in the winter 2019 issue, are three poems: “Emoji” “The Future Alluvial” and “If Tomorrow.”


My essay “South Padre Island: A Crash Course in Fatherhood and Patriarchy” appears in the fall 2018 print edition of Scalawag. Read it online here.

Also in this issue is an excellent series of Latinx poetry from the U.S. South, “This Work Will Take Dancing,” introduced by Suzi F. Garcia.