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In 2014, I had the pleasure of inhabiting a casita at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico as a writer in residence. Some of the work I generated in residency is featured in Casita Poems, an anthology of place-based work generated by Wurlitzer writing fellows while in residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation.  Pre-publication orders (with free shipping) are open until December 21, 2019 here. Want to be taken the alfalfa fields and siberian elms and meandering gravel side roads and Taos’s great blue black looming sacred mountain upon which the tangerine sun sets her last light? Yes? Then order this collection!

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I’m delighted to announce that 8 AUGUST is out from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press! Available here. This is a collection of details gathered from each August 8th between 2010 and 2018 compiled into this chapbook in celebration of Vegetarian Alcoholic Press’s 5-year anniversary. Plus brilliantly rendered line drawings by printmaker Corinne Teed.

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I’m grateful to Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming for the sun-spilled spaciousness, the great and isolated expanses of wild life and wild land and the camaraderie of other wonderful artists of my January 2019 residency. A few photos:
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ORDER A POEM-TO-GO HERE BETWEEN DECEMBER 14 AND DECEMBER 20, 2018 and ONE QUARTER OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO SANCTUARY CARAVAN – AN ORGANIZATION INVOLVED IN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY WORK AT THE MEXICO/U.S. BORDER!
(Order for yourself or as gifts for others – you can’t go wrong!)

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A poem published in Leaf Litter #7!

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So much great work in this publication of the art and thinking and writing of  Signal Fire alumni! My poem features rivers and borders. Order your copy here.
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All This Blue, All This Broken chapbook available from Iron Point Press!

I am pleased and delighted and excited to announce that I’ve got a new chapbook out from Iron Point Press. Yayyyy! You can order it right here for six bones! It is a small collection of blue poems mostly focused on water and everything that ripples out from it and back in. Part grief-howl and part healing spell, these poems are
100% necessary – not just now, not just last year, but always. 
Spotty (also known as Poppy) the cat has been enjoying it and I think you would too.
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I couldn’t be more grateful for Amy at Iron Point Press for being a badass and a machine – the text of the chapbook was sent to her about four days before we landed in Tucson on the Plant the Seed tour stop and Amy appeared at the reading, holding boxes full of hot-off-the-press chapbooks. The gesture of it all physically looked and emotionally felt like she was bringing us cake. Or doughnuts. (Some of my favorite things).
A gesture of quick and steady magic and committed collaboration.
You can also find my collaborator Jennifer Morales’s chapbook Choose Your Own Adventure (also out with Iron Point Press) right here – a powerful read and great All This Blue companion. Some of the work in both of our chapbooks was born on the Plant the Seed writing workshop tour of Spring 2018.
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Plant the Seed, a Touring Writing Workshop Hits the Road March – May 2018!

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From March through Mid May, I’ll be traveling with poet/fiction writer/performance artist Jennifer Morales to lead writing workshops along the way! See the events page to find out when/where we’ll be. If you’d like to bring a Plant the Seed workshop (description below) to your area contact me. We are also happy to schedule readings and classroom visits along the way.
Plant the Seed Writing Workshop:
the magnificent practice of getting out what your heart and guts have to say
Co-led by Franciszka Voeltz and Jennifer Morales, Plant the Seed is a workshop designed to break writers of all levels (including those who don’t call themselves writers) through barriers that keep them from creating the work they are meant to write. Together we will practice moving forward in our writing–without apology. Writers of all genres are welcome to join in the work and play of cracking open our writer-hearts, busting out of our stuck practices, and harnessing the power of what emerges. We will close the workshop by naming new commitments to our writing–planting the seed for future work that might contribute to shaping a future world.
If there is anytime to be giving voice to what you have to say, isn’t it now? 
 
We are offering the workshop in three formats: Half-day, Full-day, and 3-day workshop. Here’s what to expect out of each one:
Half-Day Workshop (3 hours)
• Generative exercises to help you create fresh work and break you out of habitual patterns
• Peer feedback
• Commitments for writing
Full-Day Workshop (6 hours)
All of the activities listed in Half-Day Workshop, plus:
• Activities to help you uncover the message you have for the world
• Activities to help you identify and address barriers to writing
• Strategies for connecting the body to the writing
• Optional: Participant reading after workshop
3-Day Workshop (3 days of 6 hours each)

All of the activities listed in Half- and Full-Day Workshops, plus:
• Strategies for revising your work

• Strategies for bringing your work to life through performance
• Round table discussions (possible topics include questions of craft, the business of writing, the needs of underrepresented communities, addressing personal barriers to writing, writing for social justice)
• Optional: Participant reading after workshop
• Optional: Impromptu performances in the community
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First 100 Days is out!

 

I’m delighted to announce that First 100 Days, a book featuring thirteen writers (including myself) as they navigate their way through the first 100 days of the ____ administration is now available!  It’s beautifully published by Iron Point Press and available here.
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