Friday, January 31, 2014

Quoth the Raven

The new issue of the Baltimore Review is alive and kicking. I've got a poem in there ( with some fantastic company. 

Head over there and get your hand stamped.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Storm Leon

Glad to be a part of the new issue of The Southern Review. My copies made it here through the snow today, and it's a seriously good-looking issue.

You can hear me (and lots of other fine folks) read some work at their website:

Buy a copy while you're there. Go on and treat yourself.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


It's been a while. Sorry to be away so long. I've news, though:

The fantastic Lea Graham was recently kind enough to include me in her feature on place at Atticus Review: Boo's Hollow. I've a short essay, an interview with Lea, and a poem available here: Danielle Pafunda is featured in the same Hollow, so don't forget to check out her really, really lovely work and responses, too.

Also, Jeff Simpson is running a greatest hits issue at The Fiddleback as a swan song while the journal goes into hibernation. He's included "Rockers" in the issue, with lots of other awesome work--every poem is a hit. Be sure to check out the yearly Poetry Book Round-Up, too.

"Small-Town Suicide," another poem, was recently featured at Blackbird. Helen Vitoria ran a couple poems in the July issue of thrush And I had a nice little conversation with Tyler Meier at The Kenyon Review

Many thanks for the love, Happy Holidays, and merry, merry, merry to you and yours.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Makes Perfect

The good people (Margaret Renkl) at Chapter 16 are running a sonnet from Pretty, Rooster. Many thanks to them, and you can go check it out here.

Image of Pretty, Rooster by Clay Matthews

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Whatcha got Cookin'

Al Abonado has been doing some wonderful things over at The Bakery, and I'm fortunate that he ran a couple of my poems recently. Go check them out here and here (and listen, too, if you like). Then, spread the word about this site--new poems daily. Eat it up.

The Bakery

Friday, October 5, 2012

Southern Festival of Books

It's all happening next week: October 12th-14th. So many good writers. If you can make it, come on out. I'll be reading Saturday, October 13th, from 1:30-2:30 with Sandy Coomer in the Nashville Public Library's Special Collections Room. Find the complete line-up here:

SFB 2012 poster

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hayden's Ferry Review Blog: Writing to Remember

The fine people at HFR have posted one of my poems from their latest issue on their blog. Go check it out, and while you're there, order a copy of the issue--you won't be sorry.

Hayden's Ferry Review Blog: Writing to Remember: The HFR staff will be taking a break from the blog until 2012, but we thought this lovely poem would be fantastic inspiration over this ...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sumthin' Else

Hi, Friends--

Please check out the latest review of Pretty, Rooster, by Adam Day, over at The Tusculum Review site. While you're there, check out the other pages on the review, too, and send us some work. Tell your friends. Get yourself a copy.

And, while you're on the web, look up some of Adam's work. It's fantastic stuff, and you're missing out if you don't know it.

Thanks as always for being here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The Rooster has a page. Go now and check it out:

Big thanks to Adam for putting it together. They're about to start reading manuscripts, so, if you do that sort of thing, send them something.

Here's some nice words from Mark Wallace about the book, too (and some other good ones):


Saturday, January 8, 2011


Hi, there. Happy New Year.

I'm late getting these out there, but if you haven't seen them yet, there's two new literary journals on the block that are must reads.

The first is The Fiddleback. This one has a sweet debut with poems from the likes of Lisa Lewis, Nate Pritts, Steven Schroeder, and more. An old pal, Jeff Simpson, is putting it out. Check it out.

The next one is edited by Scott Abels, Country Music. The first issue of this one has some great work, too, featuring poets like Matt Hart, Lucy Biederman, Jim Goar, and Jackie Clark. Go say Hi.

Go tell it on the mountain.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Come buy, Come buy

Pretty, Rooster. Available Now.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

And Yr Bird Can Sing

The new book, Pretty, Rooster, gets a nod in Publisher's Weekly. Check it out:

Also, be sure to watch this site and the Cooper Dillon site for the official release, coming your way soon. In the meantime, head over to Cooper Dillon and buy some books!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Very, very happy to announce that my next book, Pretty, Rooster, is going to be published by the fine, fine folks at Cooper Dillon Books. If you like roosters and sonnets and love and motors, then this thing is built custom just for you.

But no need to sit around waiting. They've got a fantastic catalog already rolling. So get that way and buy a book. Buy a few. Tell the people. Live the dream. Go forth and spread the word.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Only one thing I did wrong...

Be sure and check out the new issue of Rick Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with Rick Magazine, you might recognize it as the successor to the Mississippi Review online edition. Be sure and read up on your history there.

My friend, Vallie Lynn Watson, edits the newest issue: Summer 2010. Take a peak--there's good stuff to be found. Psst, psst, pass it around--share with friends.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mic Check

Cool off from the heat and check out this first book interview I did with Keith Montesano here. There's lots of other good ones already posted, too, so browse around. While you're in that neck of the woods, head over to Keith's blog and buy yourself a beautiful copy of his book, Ghost Lights.