My translation of Ballade 1 of Christine de Pizan's first collection of 100 Ballades (Cent Ballades, ca. 1394–1399) is now part of the Medieval Times Primary Sources Kit (2nd edition) from Teacher Created Materials. Parents, caregivers, and teachers, this packet could offer your kids fun and creative ways to start learning about the Middle Ages.
https://www.sonnetsforshakespeare.co.uk/ My poem "Will" is appearing in Sonnets for Shakespeare, an online anthology edited by Lucy Heuschen and Ian Henery. The proceeds from submission fees support Shakespeare's Globe and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust during this pandemic. Please send them your work!
Given current events, it feels strange to be doing self-promotion, but I can't resist sharing my translation of a troubadour lyric (Domna, tant vos ai prejada, by Raimbaut de Vaqueiras) in the June 2020 issue of Doublespeak, the premier journal of literary translations at the University of Pennsylvania. Doublespeak is always beautifully designed and meticulously … Continue reading A translation in Doublespeak
I read (and tried to sing!) "Litany for Philly bookstores" for the Distāntia reading series curated Orchid Tierney to keep us all engaged (or at least entertained) during our separate quarantines. Please continue to support local business, especially bookstores such as— House of Our Own Books, 39th and Spruce Last Word Bookshop, 40th and Locust … Continue reading A poem in Distāntia
Find consolation in Boethius, De consolatione Philosophiae. He, too, wanted his library back. Reassure ourselves with Julian of Norwich. Use Piers Plowman as a mirror for the commons and a tool for collective action. Contemplate Petrarch's Canzoniere, or Rime sparse, or 365 days of not getting laid. Misery bond with the protagonists of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, who are … Continue reading Medievalism in the Plague Year
I'm delighted that A Crown of Violets has received not one but two Honorable Mentions from Elisa Rolle's Rainbow Awards 2018–2019! One of the contest judges writes: Beautiful explorations of the complexities of a full spectrum female love — joyful, tortured, expectant, unrequited. Brave and unabashed. Also, the translation sparkles, bringing the verse dancing to life … Continue reading Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions!
This is a list of 20th- and 21st-century poetry collections that may be of interest to medievalists. Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014) Adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Maryann Corbett, Mid Evil (U Evansville Press, 2014) Medievalist miscellany from Christine de Pizan to Old English riddles. Hilary Davies, In a Valley of This Restless Mind (Enitharmon … Continue reading Medievalist Poetry Collections
I'm excited to have two poems in the Summer 2019 issue of Mezzo Cammin! I wrote "Twice-Told Tale" after a conversation with my mother, which (she claimed) was actually the second time we had talked about this particular topic. The addressee in "Scholar Ship" is also a real person and a good friend, despite some differences … Continue reading Two poems
This is a list—Anglophone-centric, unfortunately—of current lesbian and bi+ women poets (trans & cis) who have published books of poetry. *Please let me know if you would like to be added or removed.* *For a catalogue of non-cis poets, including trans men and non-binary people, visit Bogi Takács's list on GoodReads. Etel Adnan Surge (Nightboat Books)Time, … Continue reading Lesbian & Bi+ Women Poets
I am beyond excited to have a poem appearing in The Gay & Lesbian Review this month! I can't link to the poem itself, but you can subscribe and/or purchase a copy at your local LGBT+ bookstore. TL;DR—I imagine a same-gender liaison between Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. Computer code may be binary, but these virtual … Continue reading A poem in The G&LR!