It’s that time of year where everyone reflects on what music, movies, books, etc were the best of 2014. I’m just going to throw up a list of the books and music that I really enjoyed this year (in no particular order).
- Pity the Animal – Chelsea Hodson
- An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
- Saturn – Simon Jacobs
- The Inevitable June – Bob Schofield
- Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine – Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
- How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents – Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska
- Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels
- They Want My Soul – Spoon
- Are We There – Sharon Van Etten
Closer to the end of the year, I’ll do a personal best-of list, highlighting the best experiences I’ve had for 2014.
There was this awful fucking poem that came out right after the (lack) of indictment from the grand jury that one of my online friends (writer Shannon Barber) responded to it with this excellent open letter (so excellent, it was cited in this Huffington Post article).
This article that talks about how slam poetry is not a genre makes a lot of good points. I agree overall perception of what makes a slam poem has influenced (negatively) the look and sound of a slam poem. I think it’s the slammaster’s job (and the poets who participate) to push the content of a poetry slam in new directions. In my days in poetry slam, I also made the mistake of writing what could win instead of concentrating on being better as a writer. I’m more interested in working on projects that interest me. I also occasionally slam with the material. Sometimes, I do ok. Sometimes, I don’t.
I will be part of the 2015 UCF Book Festival. More details to come, but you can check out my official author profile here.