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"I Keep Looking for You" (animated visual poem, a collaboration with Briget Heidmous) in Exposition Review, June 2022.

"Sylvia Plath's Handwriting" in Rattle, with audio, May 2022.

"Fay Ajzenberg-Selove" in Analog, May 2022.

Visual poems in Ariadne, May 2022.

"Elizabeth Agassiz" in Scientific American, August 2021.

" 'If I Could Travel in Time' by Zed 5755 " in Nature, April 2021.

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Mathematics for Ladies book cover

Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science,
GoldSF / University of London, forthcoming September, 2022. More information.



How to Tell If You Are Human: Diagram Poems, Pleiades Press, 2018.

"The ultimate user manual for human existence. Finally, it all makes sense!" -- Charlie Jane Anders


There Was an Old Woman: Poems, Unicorn Press, December 2015. Small format: 5 x 4 inches.

Each prose poem in this collection includes a line from Mother Goose.


Suicide Hotline Hold Music: Poems, Red Hen Press, April 2016. Poems and poetry comics.

"Playfully expands the boundaries of both poetry and comics.” -- James Kochalka


Interruptions: Collaborative Poems, with Daniel M. Shapiro, Pecan Grove Press, 2011.

"A lively, playful collection of poems..."
-- Pittsburgh Magazine


Injecting Dreams into Cows: Poems, Red Hen Press, September 2012.

"Full of fresh insights and some nice wildnesses." -- X.J. Kennedy


The Wandora Unit: A Novel, Ghost Road Press, 2009.

"Like a John Hughes movie about the Bloomsbury Group" -- Charlie Jane Anders

  A Day in Boyland

A Day in Boyland: Poems, Ghost Road Press, 2007. A finalist for the Colorado Book Award.

"Makes you want to jump on the couch and yell, I love this poet!" -- Leonard Gontarek



poetry chapbooks
[What is a chapbook?]

What If You Were Happy for Just One Second: Instructional Diagrams, with Daniel M. Shapiro, BOAAT Press, 2014. Free digital download.

  Miniature book, Big by Little and Little by Big, Fishtales Press, 2003.  

Broken Heart Diet and Other Food Poems, signed, limited edition chapbook, Unicorn Press, 2006.   Because Mona is in the Psychiatric Hospital, Pudding House, 2005.
Slumber Party at the Aquarium, signed, limited edition chapbook, Unicorn Press, 2004.   Dorothy Surrenders, electronic, illustrated chapbook of Wizard of Oz poems, 2River, 1999.


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science fiction stories and poems (selected)

Analog: "Hertha Ayrton" with online interview, "Maryam Mirzakhani," "First Scientist," "Fay Ajzenberg-Selove"
Asimov's: "A Different Kind of Stupid," "I Have a Remote," "The Mirror Speaks," "Annie Jump Cannon"
(reprinted in Colorado Encyclopedia), "Helen Taussig"
"The Lollyball Problem" and "The Lump" in Escape into Life
"Our Morganna" in Eye to the Telescope
"Alphabet Island" in Flurb
"The Loop" in Just Like a Girl
"The Light Market and the Language Market" in Kaleidotrope, June 2021.
"The Hedon-Ex Anomaly," "Anonymized Orgies," and more in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
"The Seductiveness of the Memory Hole" in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
"Maybe a Witch Lives There" in Mythic Delirium
"'If I Could Travel in Time' by Zed 5755" in Nature
"Unt Not Invent System" in Opium (Literary Death Match video)
"Elizabeth Agassiz" in Scientific American
"Crackling Octopus" and other poems in Star*Line
Strange Horizons: "Cassini's Mini-Packets Home," "Food Diary of Gark the Troll," more
"Story Time for Forest Troop Glink: Return of the Entwives" in Things You Can Create
"Frakking Toasters: The Language of Battlestar Galactica" and more in Theaker's

women in STEM project


humor (selected)

"Everyone's Hair in Middle School," "New Pay-Per-View Channels," "Mundane Dreams," and "What the People Who Used to Live in My House Apparently Said to Each Other Before Selling It to Me" in McSweeney's Internet Tendency
"Seven Things Total Strangers Apparently Think It’s Perfectly Appropriate to Say to a Woman Discreetly Breastfeeding in Public" in Mountain Man Dance Moves: McSweeney's Book of Lists
"Breastfeeding Tips from the Experts" in Brain, Child



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"Wizard Words: The Literary, Latin, and Lexical Origins of Harry Potter's Vocabulary," in Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, Spring 2001. Reprint, "The Fascinating Language of Harry Potter" in Readings on J.K. Rowling (Greenhaven Press, 2004). A PDF of the article is here.   Guest editor, Snakeskin, annual theme issues on fatherhood, motherhood, deadly sins, fairy tales, libraries, the alphabet, school, collaborations, toys, work, food, found poems, poetry comics, monsters, friendship, numbers/mathematics, and cryptozoology.




Interviews in Analog, Catalyst, Colorado Collective, The Colorado Poet, The Nervous Breakdown, E-Words, Folded Word Press, Hairstreak Butterfly, Poemeleon, Murder Your Darlings, Escape into Life, and Little Myths. Audio interviews at KRFC and at KRCC about A Day in Boyland, Injecting Dreams into Cows, and things found in books.   Library Shenanigans | readings | Suzie | Karen | "Santa Clause is Socrates" | Colorado Poets Center | Poetry Foundation | Poet Tips


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