All about the brave magazines that have dared to publish my work. A few of these images are not the actual magazines but the stock images included with this website template. I'll update them at some point. Until then, please enjoy the work of "Samanta Jones." Is Samanta a real name? I feel like it shouldn't be (meaning no offense to any Samantas who read this).
The Shann Palmer Award-winning "The Planets Move but Not Alone," selected by Henry Hart, was published in 2014. The poem is full of fire and dying things.
Sadly, I did not become famous after winning this award like I hoped I would. I was not offered my own reality show on TLC. I'm not sure anyone read it who doesn't know me. I was really happy that I won, though! Thanks, James River Writers.
"Identifying Angels," featured in the 2014 edition of this beautiful magazine, was a finalist for this magazine's poetry prize. I didn't win, although I did get four copies of the magazine.
I wanted to send a copy of the magazine to my grandmother, but my mom thought the poem (which features nuns and underwear) was too risque. Oh well. This poem is not in Vulture because sexy nuns were not in keeping with the theme.
I was thinking about putting together another chapbook full of weird "religious" poems and calling it God's Mistress (although sadly that title is taken). Let me know if there's any interest in that.
5 A M
This magazine published "Driving Alone to My Sister's Wedding" (featured in Vulture) and "Anti-Gravity," which is about insects mating.
Sadly, 5 A M isn't being published anymore. It was a great magazine.
"Target Practice," with a slightly altered cost of regular gasoline, was a finalist for Fugue's Poetry Prize in 2007. I didn't win, but I did get a check for $30 or so. Sweet.
"Target Practice" is one of the poems in Vulture.
Slipstream nominated "Atlas Moths," the first poem in Vulture, for a Pushcart Prize. I didn't win, though. Nevertheless, it was an honor to be nominated by this stellar magazine.
Cider Press Review
"A Life in Jigsaw" was originally published here and is also featured in Vulture. It's about the guy who gave me my first kiss, but don't expect to find any kissing in the poem. It does include teacups, though, which is nearly the same thing.
"Decay" was first published here and also appears in Vulture. It's one of my favorite poems that I wrote myself.
"Anniversary," a poem about a fictional drowned brother that I definitely did not have, won MMM's 2007 poetry prize. It was a proud moment for me! "Anniversary" can be found in Vulture.
Fun note: I wrote this poem while still an undergraduate and studying under a recently arrested criminal. Hooray?
This is the first magazine to ever publish my work: "Last Desire" and "The Drive," the latter of which is available in Vulture.
A poem I co-wrote with some guy I don't talk to anymore, "Dare Not Name," was published in their collaboration issue.
The poem is pretty cool, though. I like to share it with my students as an example of how to use the periodic table of elements as inspiration.
Two of my poems, "The Other Woman" and "No Easy Rhyme" were published in this magazine. "No Easy Rhyme" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and can be found in Vulture. (I didn't win this Pushcart Prize, either.)
"Overview" and "Cinderella" were both published in the 2000 edition of this magazine, which I co-edited as an undergraduate. The poems were submitted anonymously, I swear.
Fun fact: Voting on a third poem, "You're Quiet," resulted in a tie, and I voted against myself. The poem remains unpublished. Oops.
My former local newspaper published "Memorial" back in 2007. You can still read the poem online--or preorder a copy of Vulture, because it's in there, too. Either way.