The poetry engineer

Memberships

I am a full member, with full voting rights, of the New England Poetry Club, founded in 1915 by three Pulitzer Prize winning poets, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost and Conrad Aiken.  Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott (1930-2017) are consulting members of the NEPC. 

P.S. - R.I.P. Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013). I had an opportunity to briefly meet you once, and you were incredibly gracious.  May God bless you my kind poet. Yours, S.C.  


Conferences

I was awarded a full scholarship, including roundtrip airfare, to attend Arizona State University's Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference 2015 (February 19-21, 2015) as part of the Letras Latinas Writers Initiative.  I'm very grateful to the Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame for granting me the full scholarship.    

Awards


Finalist - University of Evansville: Sixth Annual Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, (2008). 
Judge: Willis Barnstone - A Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, Willis Barnstone was educated at Bowdoin College, B.A., Columbia University, M.A. and Yale University, Ph.D. 
 

Panels


AWP - Association of Writers & Writing Programs

"Watching the Stars: New Latino/a Speculative Fiction"

Fellow Panelists: Matthew Goodwin (moderator); Kathleen Alcalá; Pablo Brescia; Alejandra Sanchez.

Washington Convention Center - February 11, 2017.  9:00 am - 10:15 am / Washington, D.C.


Conversations and Connections.

A one-day writer's conference put on by Barrelhouse Literary Magazine. 

"Writing Beyond the MFA: Literary Life After (or instead of) Higher Education."

Fellow Panelists: Joe Callahan; Michael Landweber; Tafisha A. Edwards; Rachel Coonce; Courtney Sexton.

George Mason University - April 23, 2016. 9:30 am - 10:30 am / Arlington, Virginia.


AWP - Association of Writers & Writing Programs

"Creating Community Across Programs."

Fellow Panelists: Lauren Espinoza (moderator); Ae Hee Lee; Melisa Garcia; Jacqueline Balderrama.

LA Convention Center - April 1, 2016. 3:00 pm - 4:15pm / Los Angeles, California


Poetry Readings


The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series (Washington, D.C.)

La-Ti-Do: Where Musical Theatre & Spoken Word Collide (Washington, D.C.)

826DC: the lowercase (Washington, D.C.)

Mental Marginalia (Brooklyn, New York)

Small Press Love Fest (Brooklyn, New York)

The Small Press Love Fest: co-hosted by 4 indie presses: Nomadic Press, great weather for MEDIA,

Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks and NYSAI Press. 

Slant: Poetry Reading (Evansville, Indiana)

Volumes Bookcafe (Chicago, Illinois)


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Dzanc Creative Writing Mentorships
I participated in a 4 hour online poetry workshop with the poet Nik de Dominic.  Nik e-mailed me an audio recording with his comments.  I found Nik to be a great help, and I'm very grateful for all of his suggestions and advice.     

R.I.P.

Defunct online literary journals that have published my written works: Andar21 (Galiza / Galicia, Spain); BrickRhetoric; Divine Dirt Quarterly; Phantom Kangaroo; Scythe Literary Journal; the Dublin Quarterly (Ireland) and The Whistling Fire.