My new book of poetry, Mexican Jenny and Other Poems, has recently been published by Anhinga Press. The book was awarded the 2012 Philip Levine Prize.
The book features the story of a Colorado prostitute who in 1913 killed her abusive husband and then served time for murder. Legend has it that while incarcerated Jenny made a crazy quilt from the clothes she had worn as as a sex worker. The long narrative poem about Jenny addresses the question of what we can know about events of the past.
Mexican Jenny and Other Poems is available now from Anhinga Press and Amazon The Ahninga page has a sample of the book and my artist’s statement for your perusal. I feel a sense of accomplishment that I've found a way to fuse my textile work with my writing, and I'm very proud of this book.
In the interest of keeping it real, here's a new project:
57 inches wide, I'm crocheting this chevron afghan from a basket of complimentary stash yarns. I'll keep going until it gets to hot and big for my lap. I've still got a ways to go.