I am very excited to announce that beginning September 1, I will be the new poetry editor for Literary Mama! I'll be taking the reins from Sharon Kraus, who I will miss terribly. I have big shoes to fill (not that I've ever seen her feet), and I hope some of the past several years of working with her kind, careful, thoughtful approach to poetry has rubbed off. I am looking forward to working with Erin Rodoni to make the poetry department a thriving part of the Literary Mama community.
For the past couple of years, I've been focusing on nonwriting projects, working a day job, and raising the kids with my husband. It's been very busy, and productive in some ways, but I've felt like a part of me was missing. I still took on writing and editing projects as my schedule (and tired brain) allowed, but a nagging sense of "what are you doing with your life" kept following me around.
The winds have shifted, and I am grateful for the opportunity to turn my full attention to writing once again. I have several projects underway, and I'm champing at the bit to get going. I'm writing, submitting, editing, (and mixing my horse metaphors) with fresh perspective and determination.
As Sharon told me before I began my sabbatical last year from Literary Mama, poetry will always be there when you're ready for it.
I'm ready now.
Excited and nervous, but ready.