Interview with The Adroit Journal and Tone Madison

I’m so excited to have an interview with The Adroit Journal – who published me in their 18th issue and for whom I’ve been a poetry reader for the past two years. The interview is in conjunction with Tone Madison, who published a podcast version of the interview. Super cool!

I love this little excerpt from John’s summary of the interview:

“This connection to the past and the present holds true as he traverses love through technology, music, and life in 2019. 

“Whiteside's work also focuses on the body as a central image. From bodies in physical love to bodies spliced with the natural world, Whiteside subverts traditional expectations of the roles that bodies play. “

Click here for the podcast and the image below for the text interview!

I'm going to be a Stegner Fellow!

I’ve been sitting on some good news for a (long) while – I’ve been offered a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University! I’ve applied for the Stegner Fellowship every year since graduate school, and I’m so glad this is the year it worked out for me. The Stegner Fellowship is a wonderful gift of time and resources to work on completing my first full-length book manuscript and get things ramped up on a second manuscript. I’m excited to workshop again, learn from my fellow fellows and the faculty, and read and grow in so many ways. The list of former and current fellows is humbling to say the least, and I am honored to be listed among them, to join – as Eavan Boland calls it – their “community of craft.”

Click here or on the image below to read more about the Stegner Fellowship program.

Writing Your Name on the Glass is a real thing that's out in the world!

I am so, so excited that my chapbook Writing Your Name on the Glass, officially released on April 23rd.

The release has been so well received, and I’m to grateful for all of the people who have already picked up the chapbook or ordered a copy — and, of course, for the amazing people at Bull City Press who made this possible.

Writing Your Name on the Glass has been on Amazon’s best sellers rankings for Gay & Lesbian Poetry since it debuted, which is mind-blowing to me. It’s humbling to see my name and my chapbook among so many writers and books I respect and love.

You can snag a copy of Writing Your Name on the Glass from Bull City Press, Amazon, or Small Press Distribution.


Writing Your Name on the Glass reviewed by The Poetry Question

Chris Margolin over at The Poetry Question reveiwed Writing Your Name on the Glass. I especially appreciate how he described the chapbook as “bluntly-gentle,” and how he concludes “Writing Your Name on the Glass, at times, is very uncomfortable, but so is reality. “ It also features a video of me reading a poem from the chapbook!

Click here or on the image below to read the full (very brief) review.

Finalist for the Mississippi Review Prize

I’m so happy to say my poem “Do Not” was named a finalist for the 2019 Mississippi Review Prize! “Do Not” will be published in the Summer 2019 issue of Mississippi Review in June alongside the winner — Jehanne Dubrow — and all the other finalists. Congrats to all! Click the image below to link to the full list of winners and finalists.