Thank you to Julia Bloch, Laura Goldstein and Amish Trivedi for tagging me for “The Next Big Thing,” a chain-mail self-interview project.

What is the working title of the book?

Sorry Was In The Woods

Where did the idea come from for the book?

During an afternoon Gchat between myself and my best friend, poet Meg Barboza, I wondered why communication had lapsed between myself and a love interest. Meg offered, “Sorry, I was in the woods” as a ventriloquized reason for his absence. The idea of being busy in the woods doing important work turned into these poems when the “I” dropped out, and the question emerged: who (or what) should be called into question for the mistake/disaster?

What genre does your book fall under?

Poets touching trees. (See

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I’d be happy to let a talent agency book actors.

As long as I can secure Mariah Carey for a soundtrack of gentle beautiful love songs, power ballads, duets with Boyz II Men and members of 98 degrees.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Sorry for saying sorry I’m bad at explaining the view.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I began working on the poems in 2008, alongside poems for my first book, Barn Burned, Then (Omnidawn 2009) as a way to get out of the barn and the bank I worried my line of site could not see past. I finished the first draft during 2012.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The want to have a conversation with all of the sentences and ideas in the world about wood[s]. Participating in these conversations provided me a way to “think with” and “think through” a whole set of experiences that may have and still may be occurring in the woods.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The book includes trade secrets and best practices for teaching freshman writing and composition threaded throughout the poems.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Omnidawn is publishing Sorry Was In The Woods during April 2013.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

JenMarie McDonald
Natalie Lyalin
Kevin Holden
Travis McDonald
& Katie L. Price