Professional Poet or Poet, Professional?

I joined The Open Mouth Reading Series’ Board of Directors in 2016. Molly Bess Rector and MD Myers, the series founders, invited me to join after I professed my affection for the style of the readings: a round of readers from the NWA region read poems by writers they love, followed by a featured traveling…

On Feeling, Thinking, Liberal Arts, & Careers

I recall an MTBI-fueled fever sweeping my undergrad campus in early 2010: everywhere, I heard mutterings of thinking or feeling, introverted or extroverted, oh yeah, well, what’s your percentage? There was a genuine excitement attached to this new method of categorizing ourselves, and I was not immune. I boasted the ENTJ assignation, and I was…