Collections and Selected Poems

The Naomi Letters

Forthcoming April 2021 from BOA Editions. More details coming soon! In the meantime, you can read poems from the collection at The Believer, Kenyon Review, and The Adroit Journal.

The Familiar Wild: On Dogs & Poetry

What does it mean for a poet to love a dog—especially knowing it will never outlive them? The Familiar Wild: On Dogs & Poetry, edited for Sundress Publications and released in spring 2020, catapults readers into the marrows of living and feeling alongside our mysterious canines: a species that often teaches us about what it means to be human. These selections, as chosen by Ruth Awad and myself, interrogate our lives as they’ve intertwined with humanity’s most beloved house companion.

The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards won the 2014 Walt McDonald First Book Prize in Poetry and is currently available from Texas Tech University Press. It was named a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award.

For more news, reviews, and information about The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, check out the book's Tumblr page.

No Silence in the Fields

No Silence in the Fields is available from Blue Hour Press in both digital (free!) and print formats. Poems from the chapbook have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, DIAGRAM, Cream City Review, and Sycamore Review.

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