March 28, 2019 – Keeping things pretty low-key at this year’s #AWP2019 in Portland this year, but so incredibly stoked to be in this reading for Birds, LLC with stunning poets Tommy Pico, Raquel Rivera Silva, Khadijah Queen, Chase Berggrun, Harmony Holiday, Elisa Gabbert, and Monica McClure!

March 18, 2019 – Still pinching myself, but so so so thrilled to announce that I’m one of 60 recipients of the inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships. It’s $20,000 grant for two consecutive years with an additional $10,000 toward a nonprofit of my choice. Meet the other amazing fellows here.

December 3, 2018 – Super honored that my poem “The Price of Rice” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Water~Stone Review.

October 29, 2018 – Holy shit! The universe just opened its arms and helped me get into a monthlong residency at legendary Hedgebrook in the summer 2019. Totally floored.

April 30, 2018 – Congrats to Claire Wahmanhom for winning this year’s Lindquist & Vennum Prize for her collection Wilder. Although I didn’t nab this amazing prize, Milkweed Editions will be publishing my first poetry collection anyway! OMFG!!! Over the moon thrilled that they believe in BODEGA. My book will be out in the world in the fall of 2019. Truly grateful.

April 12, 2018 – Beyond thrilled & honored to be named one of five finalists for the 2018 Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize with Milkweed Editions! Congrats to Michael Torres, Elizabeth Tannen, Angela Voras-Hills, and Claire Wahmanholm! Our reading for National Poetry Month will be at Open Books in Minneapolis on April 26th!

April 6, 2018 – Thrilled to be named an Honorable Mention for the 2018 McKnight Fellowship in Poetry. Congrats to the winning fellows: Hieu Minh Nguyen, Lara Mimosa Montes, and Chris Santiago! High five to the other honorables Michael Torres and Miriam Karraker!

February 1, 2018 – Poem “About That Knee” is featured in Words for Winter for Illuminate South Loop in conjunction with Coffee House Press, Northern Lights, and the city of Bloomington during Super Bowl LII arts festivities.

January 29, 2018 – Poetry Asylum is thrilled to announce we will be taking over organizational duties for the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read in 2018, and for the foreseeable future. The event has been set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 (National Bookstore Day!). Stay tuned for more details!

January 19, 2018 – Poetry Asylum Reading at Moon Palace Books featuring special guest Kaveh Akbar, with local poets Roy Guzman, Gretchen Marquette, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and co-founder of Poetry Asylum, Sun Yung Shin.

November, 11, 2017 – I’m curating and moderating my presentation for Coffee House Press In the Stacks Residency Fellowship at Dickinson House in collaboration with The White Page Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. Featuring poets and visual artists Arra Lynn Ross (visiting from Michigan), Miriam Karraker, Holly Streekstra, and Mara Duvra. Check out for more information.

Nov 1, 2017 – Holy Moly, grateful to receive the 2018 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Woohoo!

October 21, 2017 – A reader for the MPWW (MN Prison Writers Workshop) annual Student-Writer Reading and Fundraiser at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

October 17, 2017 – Opening for Katie Willingham’s debut collection book tour, “Unlikely Designs,” from University of Chicago Press at Common Good Books in St. Paul, MN.

October 14, 2017 – I’ll be at Table 517 with MPWW (MN Prison Writers Workshop) at the Twin Cities Book Festival. Stop by and say hello!

October 13, 2017 – Poetry the 13th at Lynhall with featured visiting poet and co-founding editor of Birds, LLC., Chris Tonelli, and local poets Matt Rasmussen, Katie Robinson, Caitlin Bailey, and Michael Torres.

October 7, 2017 – I’m thrilled to host the AsAm Reading at University of St. Thomas in conjunction with Metropolitan State University and Well Crafted Reading Series, featuring both local and visiting poets: Chris Santiago, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Ed Bok Lee, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, E. J. Koh, and Emily Jungmin Yoon.

September 16, 2017 – Join me along with amazing Twin Cities writers Sun Yung Shin, Roy Guzman, Michael Kleber-Diggs, and Jordan Thomas at #LitCrawlMN from 5-6pm at Barbette. It’s a FREE event. More info at

September 15, 2017 – One of the visiting readers at the monthly Stillwater Prison Writers Collective Reading Series through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop (MPWW).

August 7, 2017 – Announced I’m one of fifteen finalists for the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize, judged by Dean Young!  Results will be posted in late Sept or October.

June 8, 2017 – Matt Mauch’s “Bird Brain” Book Launch, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN starting at 6pm with guest readers: Matt Rasmussen, Sun Yung Shin, Michael Bazzett, Jasmine Rae Ziegler, and yours truly!

May 15, 2017 – Coffee House Press’ annual “Housequake” at Fulton Taproom in Minneapolis, 5:30pm-8pm. I’ll be one of the Pronto Poem poets!  Come by and get a poem typed up, made to order, among other poetry goodies! Get your event ticket here!

May 12, 2017 – One of the many readers at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. 7pm. For more information:

May 5, 2017 – Announced as a finalist for the Next Step Fund from the Metropolitan Regional Council in MN. 59 finalists selected from 402 applications.

April 19, 2017 – Was just accepted into the Can Serrat Artist Residency in El Bruc, Spain (less than 30 miles from Barcelona)! Will receive 50% grant to attend in the summer of 2018.

April 6, 2017 – Normandale Writing Festival in Bloomington, MN, panel + reading with Matt Mauch and Amy Munson, along with Sun Yung Shin, Paula Cisewski, Heidi Czerwiec, and keynote speaker, Chris Santiago

March 16, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, Bridges Reading Series with Paula Cisewski, Michael Bazzett, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, HarMar Mall, Roseville, MN, 7pm

March 11, 2017 – Just announced I’ve been awarded the 2017 Coffee House Press “In the Stacks” Residency Fellowship at Dickinson House in East Flanders, Belgium for summer of 2017!

February 22, 2017 – Announced I am a finalist (1 of 3) for the Coffee House Press In the Stacks Residency at Dickinson House in Belgium for July 2017

February 15, 2017 – Just accepted into Springboard for the Arts’ Hinge Arts Residency at the Kirkbride in Fergus Falls, MN as artist-in-residence for Career Development in July 2017

January 12, 2017 – Announced my first poetry collection Bodega is a finalist (1 of 10!!) for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Book Prize with Pleiades Press

December 9, 2016 – Accepted into Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation’s [VONA] Regional Workshop for “Voices of Conflict, Silence, and Witness” at the Loft Literary Center in January 2017

December 2, 2016 – Poetry & Prose Night at A-Mill with Emily Strasser, Carter Meland, and Shelly Lites, A-Mill Artist Lofts, Minneapolis, MN, 7:30pm

November 22, 2016 – Announced my first poetry collection Bodega is a semi-finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize with Persea Books

November 16, 2016 – Poets & Pints with Hieu Minh Nguyen, Anders Carlson-Wee, and Clarence White, Sisyphus, Minneapolis, MN, 7pm

November 7, 2016 – Just announced I was runner-up (placed 2nd out of 215 applications) for the Tin House Winter Workshop Scholarship for an opportunity to work with poets Kevin Young, Ada Limon, and Matthew Zapruder!

October 21, 2016 – New Sh!t Show with Justin Boening, Bao Phi, and Roy Guzman; guest producer Kathryn Savage, Fox Egg Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 8pm

August 26, 2016 – Just announced! I was one of five grantees awarded the 2017 Minnesota/Loft Emerging Writers Grant ($8,000 made possible by the Jerome Foundation and members of the Loft Literary Center), juried by members of VONA [Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation]!!!

May 20, 2016 – New Sh!t Show; guest producer Siri Undlin, Fox Egg Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 8pm

May 19, 2016 – Writers Read, The Coffee Shop Northeast, Minneapolis, MN, 7-8:30pm

May 10, 2016 – MFA Thesis Defense: Bodega, Lind Hall, Room 207A, University of Minnesota, 2:30-3:30pm

April 26, 2016 – 555 Writers Reading Series with Mary Moore Easter, Irna Landrum, Brian Laidlaw, Peter Pearson, Five Watt Coffee, Minneapolis, MN, 8-9pm

April 24, 2016 – Mill City Reading Series with Mike Alberti, MJ Gette, John Costello, Kristin Collier, Magers & Quinn Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN, 6-7pm

March 25, 2016 – MFA reading at University of Minnesota Open Studios with D Allen, Connor Stratton, John Costello, Miriam Karraker, Alexis Zanghi, Regis Art Center East, 7-8pm