Thoughts on Replacing the Mississippi Flag

This is a historic time in Mississippi. This week, both the state House and Senate passed a bill with more than a two-thirds majority to remove the current state flag that features the Confederate flag in the canton, and the governor signed it into law. A new flag will be designed by a commission andContinue reading “Thoughts on Replacing the Mississippi Flag”

New Life for Old iPad: Instagram Poetry Machine

This year, I retired my old 4th Generation iPad because it was getting pretty slow. I couldn’t do any serious work with it, and even reading the news or other recreational uses were painful. So I finally broke down and upgraded, but still felt bad to have a working electronic device without using it. Then,Continue reading “New Life for Old iPad: Instagram Poetry Machine”

How I Became an Instagram Poet

The reason why I’m doing this has everything to do with the revisions I’ve been making to my site this week, so this is really the next in the series of posts about changing themes and moving to the block editor. After setting up my static home page and book pages, I realized one thingContinue reading “How I Became an Instagram Poet”

More Fun with Blocks

As promised, I’m writing about my experiences updating my blog to an author website with a static home page and learning WordPress’s new Block Editor. I never was able to get the image carousel that I wanted the other day. I could use an image gallery, but the options for linking with that are quiteContinue reading “More Fun with Blocks”

Fun with Blocks

No, I haven’t reverted to childhood to start playing with wood blocks. This weekend, after taking the plunge and changing the theme of my blog (and after second-guessing myself and exploring several more themes, only to settle for the one I initially chose, at least for now), I dug into revising some of my pagesContinue reading “Fun with Blocks”

Changing WordPress Themes

Now that I’ve dived in and am revising my blog, I might as well write about the process. The first step was to change the theme from “Spring Loaded,” which was so old that WordPress had retired it, but let me keep using it, to “Exford.” This promised to be an easy process. I wentContinue reading “Changing WordPress Themes”

Changes Coming to My Blog

Recently, I realized that I’ve been blogging for over a decade, since July 2009 to be precise. In that time, my blog and my readership has grown quite a bit, but the blog’s format has remained unchanged. In that time, I’ve also published two books of poetry and a textbook, and I’ve started an MFAContinue reading “Changes Coming to My Blog”

Virtual Residency 2020

I first realized that we would likely need to have virtual residencies this summer while I was at AWP 2020 in San Antonio. Those of us who went had many conversations about COVID-19 and what it might mean, though at that point in early March everything was uncertain. At the Low-Residency Caucus panel, several directorsContinue reading “Virtual Residency 2020”

Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom

Last week, I posted some late night musings on how a face-to-face classroom might be different under social distancing. I was surprised at the number of people who viewed that post — nearly 100 in the first day. And because I can’t ask questions like that without searching for answers, I’ve begun collecting some toolsContinue reading “Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom”

Online or Social Distanced for Fall Classes?

As our university is working on a plan to reopen in the fall, I get why we would want to do it, but I’m also wondering what it will be like to teach in a social distanced classroom. Everyone would love to be back to normal, but that’s highly unlikely to happen. Online classes haveContinue reading “Online or Social Distanced for Fall Classes?”