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New Poetry Collection

Field Notes from the Flood Zone BOA Editions

Events

Monday, April 25, 2022, 7:30 pm ET:
Writers & Books
presents Mondays with BOA: Heather Sellers in conversation with Peter Connors.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 4pm ET:
Pub day party at Tombolo Books, St. Petersburg, Florida

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6pm ET:
Dali Poetry Series at the Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7pm ET:
Creating Poems from Nature
Free poetry workshop open to all
Register at Tombolo Books, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Present State of the Garden

The Present State of the Garden won the Blue Lynx Prize and is now available from Lynx House Press and Tombolo Books. Order from Tombolo and I’ll happily sign your copy and we will mail it to you.

 

Virtual Event: John Brehm in Conversation with Heather Sellers

Monday, February 22nd, 2021, 4:30 pm PACIFIC COAST TIME

Broadway Books is hosting a virtual event with author John Brehm discussing his latest book, The Dharma of Poetry, with Heather Sellers. More information and registration is available from Broadway Books.

Narrative Poetry Contest Finalist

"On a Late June Evening in My Driveway" places as a finalist in Narrative's 12th Annual Poetry Contest, Fall 2020

"Florida"

"Florida" is a new micro piece in The Cincinnati Review.

My recording of the piece accompanies the online text. This piece will also appear in my new collection, forthcoming from BOA Editions.

Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition

"Just This Breath" was an Honorable Mention in the ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors).

 

The Best of Brevity

The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

Delighted to have a piece in this volume from Rose Metal PressI love this book.

Watch the video trailer here.

 

"Just This Breath"

I have a new essay in The Sun's June 2020 issue. Because of the pandemic, the magazine has opened its online content.  You can now read the magazine for free.

The Practice of Creative Writing Fourth Edition

Textbook

The fourth edition of The Practice of Creative Writing is out on September 16, 2020, updated for ease of use in online classrooms. If you are interested in ordering for your students, you can locate your sales rep here.

There’s a brand new instructor’s manual that accompanies the book and you can see videos and find out more here.

New Poetry

"Accidental Practitioners" appears in Agni, Issue 91 Spring 2020.

A poem titled "Every Girl Has Her Own America" appears in Conduit, #30.

Two poems appear in the March 2020 issue of The Sun Magazine.

Two poems in Issue 48 Spring 2021, Birmingham Poetry Review.

Two poems appear in the 2019 print issue 57 of Southern Poetry Review.

"Protection," a piece from my prose poetry series, appears in issue 30 of The Adroit Journal.

Colorful M representing the MacDowell logo

Residency

I worked in the Heyward House at Macdowell in Spring 2021 and made friends for life. Check out the astonishing Marta Sanchez.

Chapbooks

The Present State of the Garden, a collection of new poems, is a finalist in the 2020 Snowbound Chapbook Award at Tupelo Press.

Frond is a top three finalist in the 2020 Chad Walsh Chapbook Series competition.

Cover of Where am I

Pushcart Nominations

Every month, Creative Nonfiction publishes a tiny magazine, True Story, containing a single longform essay. I’m honored the magazine chose my piece on topographical agnosia, “Where Am I?” for a 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination.

The Sun nominated my 2019 essay "Girl Underwater."  Thank you, Sun!

Sunset Over Coffee Pot Bayou

Essay-Poem

“Breathing Underwater” is a one-page essay-poem about how trauma lives and works in the body-mind. I love On the Seawall in part because one of my central subjects as a writer is swimming/water. And I love this magazine’s focus on short and flash fiction, conventional and lyric essay, cross-genre writing, text and image. They also publish photo essays.

Celeste, subject of "Pedal, Pedal, Pedal"

2019 Pushcart Prize

“Pedal, Pedal, Pedal,” an essay, is collected in 2019’s Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.