The first semester in a tenure-track job...

posted Dec 10, 2012, 1:47 PM by Velma Vitamin

With my first semester under my belt, I think I'm beginning to believe I'm really here at Florida International University, and I hope I get to stay a long, long time:

Interview on "Family Matters"

posted Dec 10, 2012, 1:45 PM by Velma Vitamin

My recent interview with Air Schooner, the podcast companion to Prairie Schooner, is available for listening here, along with a brief recorded excerpt from Small Fires:

Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize!

posted Dec 10, 2012, 1:42 PM by Velma Vitamin

I'm thrilled to announce that Bernard Cooper, a long-time literary hero of mine, has selected my long essay, "Tremolo," as the winner of the 2012 Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize.  An excerpt from "Tremolo" will appear in Bloom in spring 2013, and the essay will be published as a chapbook in spring 2013 as well.

My poetry Q & A with _Ghost Ocean Magazine_

posted May 4, 2012, 10:07 AM by Velma Vitamin

Fun times--and a great way to draw National Poetry Month to a close!

Coming up in May...

posted Apr 27, 2012, 5:49 AM by Velma Vitamin

I will have the pleasure of giving a reading and craft talk at the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, hosted by the University of Louisville, on Saturday, May 19th.  My reading/ talk is at 2 PM, but the whole day is full of wonderful events, including a reading by Sarabande poet Kiki Petrosino.  Everything is free and open to the public.
Details are available here:

New review of _Small Fires_ in _Brevity_!

posted Apr 27, 2012, 5:45 AM by Velma Vitamin

Reading at SUNY Potsdam

posted Apr 17, 2012, 6:10 AM by Velma Vitamin

If you're in upstate New York this weekend, join me along with fiction writer Amber Dermont for a literary reading at 4 PM, Saturday, April 21st, on the SUNY Potsdam campus.  I will be reading from Small Fires, answering questions, and signing books.  The location is Kellas 106.

2 Louisville readings during the last week of March

posted Mar 26, 2012, 6:32 AM by Velma Vitamin

On Tuesday evening, March 27th at 7 PM at the Carmichael's Bookstore (Frankfort Avenue location) in Louisville, I will read from Small Fires, answer questions about the book, and sign copies. 
On Friday afternoon, March 30th, from 12:00-2:00 PM at the University of Louisville (Bingham Humanities Room 300), I will read from my new collection of creative nonfiction, The Missing Sister & Other Stories: A Coming of Age, which serves as my creative dissertation manuscript.  James Leary, a friend and fellow doctoral candidate, will also read from his creative dissertation manuscript, a collection of yet-untitled short stories.  Both of us will answer questions about our work.
These events are free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Small Fires named finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!

posted Mar 26, 2012, 6:27 AM by Velma Vitamin

Happy news to share: my second collection of lyric essays, Small Fires, was named one of the five finalists for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir.  The winner will be named at the awards ceremony in NYC on June 3, 2012.

Small Fires reviewed in Minneapolis Star Tribune!

posted Feb 7, 2012, 3:13 PM by Velma Vitamin

1-10 of 42