Sunday, November 22, 2015

Upcoming Readings and Events: 2015-2016

December 13, 2015
Poems While You Wait
Dose Market
Morgan Manufacturing
401 N. Morgan, Chicago, IL 

January 8, 2016
Logan's Run Reading Series
Logan Square
Chicago, IL

March 19, 2016
Racine Public Library
75 Seventh Street
Racine, WI 53403

April 30, 2016
Slash Pine Writers Festival
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Micro-review of Most Human Human Contest

Check out Irene Marques's review at American Micro-reviews & Interviews.

"We may appear as brutes by day in order to survive in the world we live in, but at night, behind the dark curtains of the stage or in a sudden movement and dance of the body, we reveal our existential yearning, when the spirit is allowed to speak and exit the walls of the body-material that cuts, dissects and reduces. It is in this interval that beingness is, and we become the “most human human,” suspending the force of gravity and evading the chains that want to make us small."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Finally Here!

Order your copy of the anthology I co-edited with Luis Gonçalves over at Boavista Press.

This anthology brings together fiction, poetry, recipes, and memoirs by some of the best Portuguese-Canadian and Portuguese-American writers to narrate the Portuguese Diasporic experience in North America. These works focus on lived experiences, shared spaces and the ethnic identity through which this distinctive culture is lived in the United States of America and Canada, both of which have long been home to significant and vibrant Portuguese communities that arrived roughly in the same waves of migration.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pre-order My New Chapbook

Pick up your copy of the chapbook I co-wrote with my wife, Nicole, titled Skate/Glove.

"Skating and MMA share a ruthless physicality that breaks bodies, but also reveals truths and betrayals. Finally, there is reconciliation—a return to the marriage bed—where beauty is menace and menace is elation. The Matoses write with conviction and vision; their conjoined poems speak with a passionate brutality that is impossible to ignore."–Kelly Boyker, author of Zoonosis

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review of Failure Lyric

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Failure Lyric at Word Riot.


"Darling usually works so hard, in my opinion, to find ways to conquer the silence, to overcome the negating power of loss, but in these poems the protagonist is often described as being unable to speak. “I tried to kiss you, but my mouth was frozen shut” and “Even in / the midst of violence, she finds herself unable to speak” are but two examples. Failure Lyric brazenly embraces failure, as the title suggests, but it does not pretend to find enlightenment or solace where there is none."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In the Grip of a Name: New MMA Pieces

Check out 3 more MMA essays over at More Than Sports Talk


Of course, one must not fall for the lie that size doesn’t matter because it definitely does, and you don’t want to find out too late that a two hundred-pound brick-fisted opponent might as well be two hundred pounds of brick.

If you like these, here are four more also at More Than Sports Talk