May 1, 2023: Horse Not Zebra received an Honorable Mention in the Poetry category of The Eric Hoffer Book Awards. The judges' comments: Flights of imagination characterize a poet shifting from a simple neighborhood setting, woods, or basement—another world or future similar but different to the version of the moment we thought we were having. This realization causes one to reel back the focus a little this way or another. Evolving, speculative poems arrive with rich visual detail, minute inspection, and contemplation of the very period itself. It's sometimes fun, sometimes weird, always thoughtful, reaching, seeing, doing the things good poetry does: taking leaps with the language.
April 1, 2023: Horse Not Zebra won the 2023 da Vinci Eye category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. The da Vinci Eye recognizes outstanding cover art and design. The cover art of Horse Not Zebra features the painting "Shake the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart" by Laura Berendsen Hughes, cover design by Diane Lockward of Terrapin Books.
April 16, 2023: Scuppernong Bookstore, Greensboro, NC. 2:00 pm
November 15, 2022: Punch Bucket Lit Reading Series. Cellarest Pub/Brewery, West Asheville, NC. 6:30 pm (in-person with Tommy Hays)
October 23, 2022: Plays Well with Others Reading Series. Ginger's Revenge Brewery, Asheville, NC. 4:00 pm
October 16, 2022: In Conversation: Eric Nelson & Ken Chamlee discussing their new books. Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville. 5:00 pm
August 7, 2022: Poetrio. Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville, NC. 4:30 pm (hybrid--in-person & streamed)
June 30, 2022: Gerton Community Center. Gerton, NC. 7:00 pm (in-person)
June 8, 2022: In The Company of Writers Series. Brandy Bar, Hendersonville, NC. 7:00 pm (in-person with open mic to follow)
April 23, 2022: Celo Community Pavilion. Burnsville, NC. 4:00 pm (in-person with Anne Maren-Hogan & Pat Riviere-Seel)