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"Oh, how I resent the constrictions of blurbese in speaking of such a collection, given its abundantly laudable qualities. One is that rarest of features in our time, what the Augustans called Wit (see, e.g., "The Pencils Speak of Impermanence"). There is also Zipter's matchless eye for physical detail, ranging from the natural world to conjugal and even canine love. Supreme, however, is the poet's way with pathos: read, say, the paean to her grandfather Elmer and stay dry-eyed- I dare you! Early in the book, the poet complains, 'I wish I'd been around when the world was new/ and everything needed names,' and yet her own naming makes everything new again."
-Sydney Lea

  • The poems "Cleaning Fish, Post Lake, July 1941" and "A Stitch in Time" are in the May 2020 issue of Escape into Life 

  • The poem "Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound," which was originally published by Common Ground Review, was recently reprinted in the edited collection A Constellation of Kisses (Terrapin Books, 2019) as well as at Escape into Life.

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Because of the research I did for my book Diamonds Are a Dyke's Best Friend, I was asked to provide commentary for the film A Secret Love about the long-term relationship between All-American Girl Professional League ballplayer Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel. It's an incredibly moving story and I am honored to have played a small role in the telling of it.


9/26/20  Normal Public Library, 206 College Ave, Normal IL, 2 pm, virtual reading for Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound. Register to participate at the library's Facebook page

10/2/20  Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL, 7 pm--Virtual book launch for Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound