Came home today and found a flurry of invitations. Okay, not quite a flurry, but a couple more than the zero I normally receive. Anne Wenzel from Sarah Lawrence College, my alma mater, asked me to join an alumnae panel to speak on life after graduate school. Perry Brass also emailed me to ask if I would read with him and four other poets for a benefit, curated by Kat Georges, for the Greater New York Independent Publishers' Association. And two Swiss artists I met at the Alternative New Year's Reading want to know if I would participate in their video project called Talking Heads. Last and certainly not least, my sister invited me to join them to celebrate Chinese New Year in early February. I feel wanted.
I sent out a few mails of my own this past week. Sent out my book EQUAL TO THE EARTH to the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize, The Poetry Centre SF, Paterson Poetry Prize, and Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. Submitted poems to American Poetry Review, New Madrid and Gulf Coast. Waiting to hear from The New Yorker and Slate. Let's see if the world wants my poems as much as they want my person.