My Arrest at Trump Tower

This website mostly serves as an archive of my publications for the handful of people out there who might stumble across a poem of mine and be curious enough to google me. As such, my posts here are rote, sporadic, and often unenthusiastic links to those publications that happen to appear online. But last week, along with dozens of activists from the direct action group Rise and Resist, I participated in a pro-immigration civil disobedience action that I thought I would share. In the lobby of Trump Tower, we dropped three banners stating, respectively, “NO BAN” “NO WALL” and “NO RAIDS”. Trump Security proceeded to shut down the public atrium of Trump Tower for a couple hours while the NYPD went about arresting all 25 of us who remained (with our voices very hoarse from chanting). I feel very gratified to have put my body on the line and done my small part to take a public stand against this administration on the very day our president dropped the so-called “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan (which I did not find out about until I was released from the ninth precinct around 10pm). You can read more about the action (and see footage of me getting dragged out of the lobby with a very unbecoming grin on my face) here.

Pantoum Found in Eric Garner’s Last Words

Today, the same day it was announced that the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death will not be indicted, my poem, “Pantoum Found in Eric Garner’s Last Words” went up on Entropy Magazine’s series of poems bearing witness to recent events of police brutality. I wrote it right after it happened back in July, and it’s saddening that it’s still relevant, that his command “this stops today” still hasn’t been heeded. The best way I could respond was by using the man’s own words; each of the lines are taken from the video (below) of his death.



In much less maddening news, one of my poems “On Miracles” is being performed at Emotive Fruition next Tuesday, December 9, 7pm at Botanic Lab Bar on 86 Orchard Street.



I am giving my first poetry reading in a few months Wednesday night at 7:30 pm for Ink.ed MFA, a new literary series bringing together NYC-area MFA students and recent alumni (I am also poetry editor for Ink.ed). Hope you can make it!