Check out this poetry Panel in February 2022

Amazing poets! Join us.

Self-Elegy: A Poets’ Panel, with Kara Dorris, Tanaya Winder, Denise Leto, Stephanie Heit, and Rusty Morrison

Who can’t reach back into time, find a moment that feels unfinished, a moment we wish had ended differently, a moment that still haunts and defines us? The self-elegy is reflective, reinventive, and confrontational, interrogating and elegizing past versions of self. To say self-elegy is new would be naïve – for how can we truly mourn another without mourning the self created through that relationship? Yet, this awareness of self (and how the self is created) seems more prevalent than ever before. In this panel, 5 poets contemplate self-elegaic moments. With Kara Dorris (organizer), Tanaya Winder, Denise Leto, Stephanie Heit and Rusty Morrison.

A new poem in the journal Baest, Issue 6: Animal West

Check out this beautiful journal and my new poem, “Animal West.” I wrote the poem during an ongoing collaboration with the poet Pat Reed called, The Baylands Poetry Project: Aimless Wandering with Instructions.

From the editors: bæst is as much a journal of queer forms & affects as it is rope / materiality / interiority that aligns & dislocates historical & present bedfellows, maladies, contagions, weather systems, language (non)families, orgasms, domains, states of exile and/or exception, (dis)identifications, dearths, bloods, guts, excretions, legibilities & illegibilities & illegitimacies & cavernous fields of feeling, landscapes of (be)longing, the rocks of queer inhumanisms & smatterings of matterings.

Pandemic Artifacts from the Zoomshell: A Turtle Disco Disability Culture Collection

Check out this new publication with amazing poets and writers in which a poem of mine appears, “O Poem.”

Gift PDF: Turtle Disco Pandemic Artifacts from the Zoomshell We are delighted to share with you this collection that witnesses the pandemic through art and writing created during Turtle Disco Zoomshell offerings. Edited by Petra Kuppers and Stephanie Heit, featuring work by Samar Abulhassan, Marc Arthur, Roxanna Bennett, Beth Currans, Sarah Dean, Jose Miguel Esteban, Elena SV Flys, Raven Kame’enui-Becker, Megan Kaminski, Victoria Lee Khatoon, Denise Leto, Naomi Ortiz, Hannah Soyer, Chanika Svetvilas, and Tracy Veck.

Turtle Disco is a somatic writing studio in our repurposed living room in Three Fires Confederacy territory in the College Heights neighborhood of Ypsilanti, Michigan. We, Petra Kuppers and Stephanie Heit, started Turtle Disco in 2017 as part of our art/life practices, to cultivate disability culture experimentation, creative self-care, communal inquiry, connection, and awareness.

My new collaboration with Cid Pearlman and Mara Milam: home(Body)–announcing the 4 poets we will be working with and the semifinalsts and honorable mentions

(home)Body Poets

Cid Pearlman Performance is delighted to announce the four poets whose work will be featured in our upcoming dance/video/art installation (home)Body.

(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. It will premiere at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in January of 2022.  

The (home)Body Poets are:

JJJJJerome Ellis

Willie X. Lin
Naomi Ortiz

Tanaya Winder

Each (home)Body Poet will receive a $500 honorarium. 

Bios & photo credits can be found here.

We have also selected nine Semifinalists and nine Honorable Mentions whose poems will be published on in November of 2021.  


  • Robyn Brooks
  • Dina El Dessouky
  • Meg Frances
  • Tse Hao Guang
  • Stephanie Heit
  • Petra Kuppers
  • Sarah Rosenthal
  • Michael Warr
  • Chun Yu 

Honorable Mentions

  • Rukhsar Ali
  • Mrinalini Harchandrai
  • Elizabeth Hassler
  • Julia Lepe
  • Londeka Mduli
  • Ojo Taiye
  • Elizabeth Upshur
  • Patrice Vecchione
  • Tajinder Virdee 

(home)Body Lead Artists
Denise Leto (Poet/Dramaturge)
Mara Milam (Video Artists/Director of Photography)
Cid Pearlman (Artistic Director/Choreographer)

This project is made possible by the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz.

Cid is honored to have been awarded a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz for her creative work. This includes $20,000 in unrestricted funds.  Other artists in the 20/21 cohort include Ann AltstattMarc D’Estout and Edward Ramirez. All four fellows will show work together in early 2022. 


JJJJJerome Ellis
Willie X. Lin
Naomi Ortiz
Tanaya Winder

Lead Artists

Cid Pearlman, Artistic Director/Choreographer
Denise Leto, Poet/Dramaturge
Mara Milam, Video Artist/Director of Photography

Some poems of mine in the new journal: Mollyhouse



How long have you lived inside this candle?

I have lived inside this candle since you left.

It was cruel light in her mouth when they kissed.

Touch can be seen or unseen.

I will make you a desktop that looks like the night sky.

Your room will be a greenhouse.

I will keep you constantly under mist.

Feed your hands with my hands.

I will make things for you.

The skin just above your hips.

In your green eyes gathering.

Here are the oil paintings I made for you.

Here is the chair I carved.

And the opera I wrote.

I sewed a blanket for you.

I designed these shoes for you. Soft. Leather. Aubergine.

Black stitching on the tongue. Put them on.

I painted a room-size ocean for you.

I held you when you jumped into the bucket of snails.

I drew a turquoise cave. Your initials in the overlay.

You will never be cold.

I will make things for you.

I will make things for you.

I made this for you.



The time her eyes looked like doorknobs

and once like sand crabs.

Count the poison dandelions,

pretend they are locks of hair.

Take your shoes off, your blouse, your cantilever.

Play the broken part: apart.

Needles, bottles, brother.

Future, tender, liar.

Hello bone urethra.

Hello stellar coroner.

Hello chipped nail polish.

If and if and then.



Bone as an exhalation of form

glass stained by glass

Time as a mirror of negation

no help in the heap of surrender

Home as a parlor of fish

the yard in your world in duress

Words are unfavorable to infinity

we could not have known what leaving would mean.


(home) Body: Poetry call for Submissions

(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance.

Submit Poems to our new interdisciplinary project!

Four selected poets will each receive a $500 honorarium for an original work

Five additional poets will each receive honorable mentions and one or more of their poems will appear on the project’s webpage.

This work is a collaboration between artistic director/choreographer Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, and ten dance artists.

The poems we commission will seek to represent a multiplicity of voices. They will inform the content we create and will function as scaffolding and inspiration for the dance and video.

We are looking for poems that speak to ideas around home and body in personal, experimental, and/or topical ways. The poems can range in metaphorical and embodied complexity. For example, the body in question can be the personal/individual body, the communal/community body, the body politic and/or the synecdochal body.

There is no entry fee.

We welcome all poetic forms and approaches (lyric, experimental, performance poetry, slam poetry, prose poems etc.)

We very much encourage new and emerging artists.

We are particularly interested in seeing submissions from BIPOC poets, poets from the LGBTQIA+ community, young poets, and poets from disability communities across all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Submissions open: November 24, 2020

Deadline: February 15, 2021 at midnight PST

Send to:

Please do not submit until you read the complete guidelines and learn more about the project at:

This project is made possible by the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz.