Pangyrus feature

Pangyrus features my poem,”Slight of Hand,” in their writing on the pandemic series titled IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH :

I’ve come for you, cushion-soft
instead of being wrapped, we’re loose salt
and spray / solid and shadow at once

(you can read the entire poem here)

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Yes, Poetry

“Slide” is noted at Yes, Poetry in “Here’s What Resonated with You in 2020”

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Poetry Today: Kenyon Review

Ruben Queseda interviews me about my new book, SISYPHUSINA, in Kenyon Review‘s Poetry Today: Trust and Idealism

Poetry Today features living poets answering questions about poetry and poetics.

“I took up the challenge of writing about aging within the context of my own life. I gave myself freedom to use all types of media and to play with the nuances of typography as part of my writing process.”

Read the full interview here
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Cafe Lena Livestream Dec. 2!

Three great poets reading from the Caffe Lena stage in Saratoga Springs, NY, Wed. Dec. 2: David Graham, Shira Dentz and Rana Bitar. Livestream starts at 7PM on Facebook or Youtube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwrlnzHXGSI

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Poetry-as-comics anthology!

Embodied, an intersectional feminist poetry-as-comics anthology is due out in May 2020!

Embodied is a collaboration between cis female, trans, and non-binary poets and comics artists published by A Wave Blue World and edited by Wendy Chin-Tanner.

Am thrilled to have poetry in Embodied along with Kenzie Allen, Ruth Awad, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kendra DeColo, Carolina Ebeid, Jenn Givhan, Caroline Hagood, Laura Hinton, JP Howard, Omotara James, Virginia Konchan, Miller Oberman, Khadijah Queen, Maggie Smith, Diane Suess, Sokunthary Svay, Venus Thrash, Paul Tran, Vanessa Villareal, and Khaty Xiong! You can preview here

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Love’s Executive Order

A new poem, “Spring ruffles in,” is LOVE’S EXECUTIVE ORDER‘s weekly poem on the Trump presidency and you can read it here!

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TO DEFY THE GODS

You can read Rachel Abramowitz review, “To defy the gods: Form, Resilience, & Capaciousness in Shira Dentz’s SISYPHUSINA” in Tupelo Quarterly here

(an excerpt)
“In the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus, king of Corinth and “the most cunning of men” (Illiad, 6:153), cheats death twice, once by actually holding Death hostage (thus giving humans a short break from Death’s perpetual trade), and the second time by talking his way out of the Underworld. With characteristic relish, Zeus sentences Sisyphus to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill, only to watch it tumble down again. Philosophers and psychoanalysts have—somewhat ironically, considering their output—used the image of Sisyphus to illustrate the meaninglessness of the human condition. In Sisyphusina, her new collection of poetry, Shira Dentz imagines a modern, feminized version of Sisyphus, who is imprisoned within a society that requires women to push the boulder of beauty, fertility, and sexual desirability up an emotional hill over and over again, achieving nothing, meaning nothing. While of course mortal women age and eventually die, Sisyphusina presents a generational immortality which is no more bearable. And yet, it is Dentz’s fascinating experiments with form, image, subject, and typography that place her most in conversation with Albert Camus’ 1942 version of the myth, in which “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Camus’ figure outwits Zeus by assigning meaning to his otherwise meaningless task (and, after all, gains the immortality he so desires). Contemporary artists, it seems, exist somewhere between the two views of Sisyphus: embedded in their assignation of meaning is always failure—in the best art, failure is compelling and generative, rather than nihilistic. That’s great for Sisyphus (as it is for Camus), but Dentz’s collection begs the question: What does happiness—if it is at all possible—look like for Sisyphusina?”

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In Case of Fire

A new poem, “in Case of Fire,” is ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE’s Friday Feature Poem. You can read it here

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A visual review of SISYPHUSINA

Check out Frances Cannon’s amazing visual review, “Profound Asymmetry,” of SISYPHUSINA in Poetry Northwest! Below are two excerpts from it, and you can read and look at her full graphic review here!

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Tips for Online Writing Teachers and Instructional Designers!

Five Fun & Effective Ways to Teach Writing Online

5 Fun & Effective Ways to
Teach Writing Online:

1. Create collaborative writing: Invite your students to write two or three sentences in response to a writing prompt. Ask them to post their sentences in the class chat. Copy their sentences from the chat and into a Word doc, adding space and a marker like an asterik in-between each set of sentences, forming a collaborative collage. Display the final result on screen and read it aloud. Ask students what they think of the result, and to suggest, then vote, on a title for their class collaboration. students what they think of the result, and to suggest, then vote, on a title for their class collaboration.

2. Make space for interactive feedback: Assign breakout rooms to small groups of students. Ask them to share and respond to their in-class writing experiments. Beforehand, model guides for them to use.

3. Break out of the online bubble: Ask students to take a photo of something they find visually interesting in their current environment to launch an in-class writing experiment. Have them share their photos with one another online.

4. Use immediate sensory stimuli: During class, ask students to compose and record a 3-minute sound (creaking door? table tapping?) that appeals to them in their current environment. Have them share their recording with a designated partner for an in-class writing experiment.

5. Invite students to DJ writing warm-ups: Schedule individual students to choose and play a piece of music at the start of class and have students free-write to the song as a warm-up. Ask students to share how the particular music impacted their writing’s content and/or style.

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