If interested in having me for a reading, class visit, or conference/festival, please contact me at lorcaloca AT aol DOT com

Friday, March 30, 2007

Hall Farm Center

Someone in a recent email called me a colony whore. And guess what? He was right! I just found out I will be spending the month of June at Hall Farm Center.

This is my summer of colonies.

I've heard so many good things about Hall Farm. The rooms are in a restored farmhouse. How cool is that?

Dinner is prepared by a chef, but the residents have to fix their own breakfast and lunch. I like that. Ham sandwiches, here I come!

This is the barn.

But I'm really looking forward to swimming in the spring-fed pond. I've never swam in a pond before. I hear the pond is full of frogs. Would it be wrong to use a frog as a luffa sponge?

Rita Dove YouTube Videos

Rita sings, dances and reads.

Matthew Zapruder Interview

I hate the sentimentality and self-absorption of poets and artists who talk about how difficult it is to live “in a time of war” or “under this administration.” For me, and I think for almost everyone I know, the true difficulty is to connect one’s own personal life to things that can clearly be seen in an intellectual way to be dangerous and wrong but which don’t make any impact on most of us in a daily way.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Laptop Question

I'm in the market for a laptop. I've never owned a laptop before. I love my HP desktop, but I don't want to drag it across the country. Plus, laptops are gold at colonies. I'm not looking for a super fancy laptop. I just want to write and download music on my new laptop.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


The Museum of Stones by Carolyn Forché.
Go congrat Mary on her 5K state grant.
Am I a blog stalker? Jackson thinks I am:

i got this email on my notre dame account from eduardo corral...that said, i've been reading your live journal entries and i totally feel what you're going through. at first i was like, who? who is this guy?

Busted. I'm a stalker! It's Jackson's fault: his posts are fun to read. I love MFA student blogs. The ups! The downs! The good workshop days! The crappy people in the program!
I need a life. I should take up bullfighting.
Steven is holding a contest.
But Jackson is not the only writer I've been stalking recently. I've also been reading January O'Neil's blog. I've smiled at the pictures of her children. I've enjoyed her poems. Does that make me a bad person?
Octopus Books will be reading full-length poetry manuscripts in April. $10 reading fee.
Are you an MFA student with a blog? Please send me a link. I promise to stalk you. FOREVER.

Monday, March 26, 2007


All the postcards are now spoken for. I've emailed some of you to ask for an address. The rest of you, the ones listed below, should send me an address via email:lorcaloca@aol.com.

Steph R
CS Perez
Mellissa (Poet with a day job)
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Erin Bertram

Tuesday; An Art Project

A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful packet in the mail: Tuesday; An Art Project. I unwrapped the package and discovered a large set of postcards of text and images. Editor Jennifer S. Flescher has done a fantastic job with this project. I know nothing about paper quality, but the postcards feel substantial. The text pops out, and the images are beautiful.

Some of the contributors to the first installment of this art project include:
Cate Marvin
Major Jackson
Benjamin Paloff
David Rivard
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

I love what Jessica has to say about the project: "Work should be enjoyed tactilely. Poems should be kept, when loved. Passed on. Sent out."

I couldn't agree more.

I have fourteen postcards and I will mail them to the first fourteen people who leave a comment. Please don't post your address in my comment box! Email it to me, please.

You won't be sorry. The postcards are lovely.

Summer Opportunities

The Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation provides eighteen scholarships for artists and writers of racial and ethnic minorities. Scholarships include tuition and housing. Postmark deadline for applications is April 20, 2007. Notification by May 1, 2007.


Two summer residencies will be given to poets. Sponsored by The Poetry Center of Chicago. Residency includes $1, 000 stipend and use of downtown Chicago apartment. Click on news section on the web site for full details.

Squaw Valley Writers Conference

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rainy Bits

Someone arrived at my blog by googling "Anne Sexton" and "blowjob."
It's been raining all day.
Folks keep asking if C.Dale and I will be at Yaddo at the same time. No. And that's a good thing because I wouldn't get any work done! I would pester C. Dale for gossip all day. I would insist on taking rides on a bicycle built for two.
James Galvin: Rain is the tallest girl I know.
Looking for a summer conference? Here's one that looks good: Napa Valley Writers' Conference. I've never been, but it would be cool to work with David St. John or Elizabeth Alexander.
For the Confederate Dead by Kevin Young
Here are some cool portraits of poets. Tip of the hat to Corn Shake for the link.
Luis Omar Salinas: I walk on the edge/ of my mother's grave/ sadly touching the rain/ as if it were her dress.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Coldfront Magazine

Scott Hightower alerted me to a newish online journal, Coldfront Magazine. It's a cool site. A lot of reviews of recent books. Like these:

Black Box by Erin Belieu
My Brother is Getting Arrested Again by Daisy Fried
Green Squall by Jay Hopler
I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Half Wild by Mary Rose O'Reilley
Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar by Richard Meier

Err...I hope the review editors seek out more reviews of books by writers of color. The review list, so far, is very white bread. And I love rye bread.

The site also features some quirky features, like:

The Jay Hopler Victory Lap
The Year in Print

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Since the cat is out of the bag

Big congrats to Sean Hill. Why? He's just accepted a Stegner Fellowship!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


I just ordered this book about Gronk, one of my favorite artists. I'm hoping to find the cover of my first book in this book. Ain't I terrible?

Here are some of his images:

A Drop in the Ocean
Hot Lips
St. Rose of Lima
La Tormenta (Echo)
Masked Man

Chicago Reading: March 21: 8PM: Ray Gonzalez and Yolanda Nieves

California Clipper, 1002 N. California, (California and Augusta)
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
Reading begins at 8:30 p.m.
Free admission
21 and over show (Don’t forget i.d.)

More info here.

Monday, March 19, 2007


I'm in! I'm going to attend Yaddo this summer. I'll be there from mid-July to mid-August.

If you've been to Yaddo, please drop me a note/ email and tell me about your time there.

Here are some Yaddo pics:

The Mansion. This place looks scary! Is it haunted? Will a sexy ghost touch me? Please!
Yaddo studio. Nice. I hope my studio comes with a mink stole.
A fountain at Yaddo. I'm going to wash my undies here.

Blue Fifth Review

The winter 2007 issue of Blue Fifth Review is up. It features the work of:

Collin Kelley (Note the second "e" in the last name)
Barbara Jane Reyes
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Arlene Ang


I'm still reeling from the good news I received this weekend. I can't wait to live through another winter. I love cold climates. And I've made a promise to myself: I'm going to try skiing for the first time. Yep, you read that right. I'm going to ski!
Listen to this wonderful NPR piece about the MacDowell Colony. It takes me back. I smiled like crazy when I heard Blake's voice in the piece.
Four poems by Stephanie Lenox.
I agree with Diana: Tony is cute.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Amazing News

Okay, I received an email confirming my good news. I guess it's okay to spill the beans now.

I've been awarded the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University.

I will be spending the 2007/ 08 academic year in Hamilton, New York. I will teach one workshop a semester. The rest of my time is going to be devoted to writing.

A dream come true.

I get office space! I haven't had office space in ages! Should I tack my Smurf posters to the wall?

I had a phone interview yesterday morning for the fellowship. I was nervous as heck. It was my first phone interview. Corn Shake and Paul Guest were kind enough to give me some phone interview advice on very short notice. Thanks!

This morning I was offered the position via phone. I was asked if I wanted to take a day or two to think about it. I said, No. I accept right now. Right now!

A dream come true.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Prose on poetry, to be published on the LUNA blog.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Boxcar Poetry Review

The latest installment of Boxcar Poetry Review is up and running. It includes a wonderful conversation between Thomas Heise & Jason Schneiderman. And a review by Scott Hightower.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Bernhardt/ Vap Reading

Deborah Bernhardt and Sarah Vap will be reading this upcoming Monday, March 19, at 7PM at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona.

It should be fun. Too bad they've already signed my books.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thank You, Gina

Now, why would Cervantes -- political historian, grand mother poet, Chicana -- do any less given the stakes?

My AWP Haul

I know what you're thinking. How can you, Eduardo, have a stack of AWP goodies? You didn't attend AWP! True, true. But a good friend did attend, and he bought/ stole many books for me! It was my b-day gift from him.

Skunk Talk by Albert Garcia
Transcendental Grammar Crown by Brian Teare (chapbook)
Gilgamesh translated by Herbert Mason
Splendor by Steve Kronen
The Little Book of Guesses by John Gallaher (signed!)
The Persistence of Objects by Richard Garcia
A Question of Gravity and Light by Blas Falconer. (Isn't he cute? I want to be that microphone.)
Everyone is Coming Toward You by David Petruzelli
Echolalia by Deborah Bernhardt (My second copy! And signed. I gave the extra copy to a friend.)
F2F by Janet Holmes
Lizzie Borden in Love by Julianna Baggott
American Spikenard by Sarah Vap (Another duplicate copy. Signed. )
The Second Person by C. Dale Young (signed and kissed!)
And a few journals.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Joshua Kryah's Glean

Joshua Kryah's first book has just been published by Nightboat Books. Here's a sample from the book. This PDF link doesn't work on my computer, but it might work on your computer. If it doesn't, then click here to read some online poems.

I met Joshua at Iowa. Nice guy. Black glasses. He rented a house outside of Iowa City. I think he was renting Jane Mead's house. I remember attending a little get together he once threw. I remember Joshua and a female friend (Amber?) performed for our pleasure. They mangled and sang the Eurythmics' "Love is a Stranger." Oh boy. They inserted a different word into the lyrics. Gimlet? Gimplet? It was strange but lovely.

Con Tinta AWP Pix

Gina Franco has posted some photos from the Con Tinta party that honored Judith Ortiz Cofer.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

From Now On: Email to Robert Ostrom That I Didn't Send

Stop calling me. I think we should communicate via email, soley about our dreams. I'll send you my dreams; you send me yours. Kind of like that Smiths song, "send me your pillow, the one that dream on." We'll probably develop a deeper relationship, that if psychoanalyzed, will go beyond the normative societal relationship, forcing a bond imaginable only by fraternal twins (does that mean we were blown up in the same zygote?). I've cut my hair. I have bangs now. They make my forehead sweat while it's snowing and I'm hooded. I think it's kind of sexy, sweat below my bang, but who knows, guys, I farther, don't. There's this lamp across from my apartment window that I wonder, sometimes, if it's on because the people(s) are there, or because they like wasting electrons in expensive and massive ways, lighting no one, and irritating moonlight, and hares in faraway deserts that rely on moonlight to breed, caress, hunt, drink bacardi. Kidding about the bacardi. I drank lots of it while involved in a rebellious high school circle, but realized it throws silt in our brain cells, so now I only sink with vodka & lemon now. I think it's healthier, or at least Wikipedia says so. I once got caught fondling my boyfriend, because of bacardi, it was during a swimming party at a friend of a friend's birthday party. (I was touching his face). The bash, held at a suburban apartment complex had lanterned pathways, and was home to a girl whose father deserted her for heroin's long trail of disappearance. In movies they always show that rubbing a body that's just swam is erotic, but it's like touching a goldfish fun. He broke my heart, that guy. You know about him. But he tore it, I taped it, and now I've got several new ones, some of which dangle in potential places. Last night, I dreamt I was at a bar and I was surrounded by little baby boys. They were my nephews, I think, their mother was there too. It's the first dream I've ever had about babies where I'm happy in it. Do you think the Gypsy was right? I can't believe the first dream I have about babies takes place at a bar! They all looked like me too, only darker, and with rounder faces. The sun's out today. In a few hours it will be noon. Call me. I Miss you.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Shin Yu Pai's Sightings

Shin Yu Pai's new book Sightings is now out in the world.

I'm adding it to my buy list.

Stop Ann Coulter's Politics of Hate

Send a clear message to Lee Salem, Executive Vice President and Editor, Universal Press that providing a platform for Ann Coulter to spout anti-gay rhethoric by syndicating her column must stop now.

Coulter’s use of the demeaning and harmful word "faggot" is so beyond the pale that anyone who uses it should not be given a platform as a respected voice in the political discourse of our country.

"Faggot" is a loaded word. It is a weapon used to demean and wound our community.

The news media has a responsibility to not simply become an avenue that allows Ann Coulter the opportunity to broadcast her vile slurs.

Fill out a quick online letter HERE

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Final AWP Roundup

BOA photos!
...a diverse crowd of attendees, with various minorities represented.
Matthew Schmeer gets around.
One morning I read Marianne Boruch's essay in the corner of the Hilton and in the next hour she was sitting in the row behind me.
Really a generally good group. All 5,000.
The entertainingly dangerous stylings of Michael Martone.
...hummus and crudite and open bar.
Mizz Jones rocks the boots.
C. Dale's Green Lantern shirt.

Rats Reading Podcast

For those who are impressed with someone saying "umm" circa 60 times in 30 seconds, tune into the February 20th Columbia Universidad Rats Reading at the Dead Poet. I hosted. The readers were:

Slam Phenomenon: Rich Villar
The Chandler-esque: Adam Davis
Queens Native & Biggie Listening: Marco Fernando Navarro
The Serene: Adam Dressler
The Only-Girl-Worthy-of-Breaking-Glass-With-Me:
Amanda Pennelly
The Trio: Diana & Marie & Delgado
& The Closer: Tara Betts.

A special lips-closed-but-half-opened-gracias-smooch to Matt Griffin who made sure sounds, not echoes happened.

I am responsible for nothing I said that night and can only say there are many doppelgangers of me in this world, all of which like whiskey. And barettes.


Since I was at AWP Atlanta I think I was/am supposed to confess who I kissed, who kissed me, and gossip about other writers (attire, attitude, bad books) on the blog. The problem is that I kissed various people at AWP this year, too many to itemize. Blame it on my Nyquil carafe. I didn't listen to much gossip. It kind of bores me.


I would like to thank the lovely Lorna Dee Cervantes for attending the Casa Libre's Big Fat Hot & Sexy Reading at the Midtown Tavern. And Anne & Kristen for placing the event at a place that served tots (as in tater).


Monday, March 05, 2007

AWP Roundup 2

all the phonies...didn't bug me, because I am in it, I realize, for the right reasons
Check out these couplets!
You look familiar. I should know you, but I don't
Walter Mosley pulls us in close and says, Let's get pregnant
Adam Deutsch's take
what is wrong with poetry is encapsulated by what is wrong with AWP
nobody puts Barrelhouse in a corner
Nester's pix

Poetry Northwest

The latest issue of Poetry Northwest is out. Poetry by David Woo, Norman Dubie, and Craig Arnold. And an essay by Paul Muldoon about writing song lyrics. You'll find a link near the top of the essay that'll allow you to download a song performed by Muldoon's "three-car garage" band, Rackett. Cool.

Subcribe here.
Submission info.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

What is Now Possible

I've eaten so much red meat while at AWP I'm prob'ly going to hell.

AWP Roundup

Great pics by Nick Carbo.
Collin is not impressed.
An AWP poem!
Arizona State had the best spread.
Mizz Jones likes to take pics.
This guy with the eye-patch looks mean!
Pics and an audio file of a panel discussion.
Atlanta from the 20th floor. Did anyone jump?
Someone is networking.
He *hearts* AWP.
More pics!
Someone owes Hacker a favor.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Not at AWP Bits

I'm not at AWP this year. I've gotten (yes, gotten) a few emails from blog buddies asking me to drinks/ dinner. Sorry. I'm not in Atlanta. I'm in Arizona. I will be at AWP NYC next year. I promise.
A sestina by Cathy Park Hong.
Man Tries To Cash 50K Check from God
I got (yes, got) in the mail a beautiful homemade V-Day card from Corn Shake. How you like me now? I taped it above my desk. Thanks, Corn Shake!
Two book contests sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.