American Poetry Review: "Racetrack" (Pushcart Prize Special Mention)
Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day: "Anthem"; "Figure, ground"; "Dear columbine, dear engine"; "Ring"
Poetry Foundation, Poem of the Day, "Lemon and cedar," "Seven Minutes in Heaven," "Slap"
Poetry Daily, "Quarry"
Green Mountains Review, Four Poems
Painted Bride Quarterly, "Bind," "Lewis & Clark"
Narrative Magazine: "blessings";
"Harder" and other poems
Yale Review, "Seven Minutes in Heaven"
Poetry Northwest, "Jigsaw"
Poem Today, "Lemon and cedar"
Philadelphia Stories, "Clerestory"
Four Way Review: "How I"
Los Angeles Review: "Ardor," "Vows"
The Awl, "Polar Vortex"
Poetry Daily: "Zero"; "Never said"; "Hive"
Memorious, "Lung," "Semaphore"
Beloit Poetry Review, "Playhouse"
Mead Magazine, "Hive"
The Normal School: "Rapture," "Chrysler Building"
Narrative Magazine: "Library"
Green Mountains Review: "Give Thanks," "The Way It Is"
Green Mountains Review: "Mystery"
North American Review: "Our Campaign for Her World"
Drunken Boat: "Baker Beach," "Blue Trio"
Verse Daily: "Halo," "Dictator"
Spoon River Poetry Review: "(How to Fall from) Grace"
32 Poems: "Dictator"
Poetry Daily: "Milk," "Whitewater"
Thirteen Ways Poets Workshop: "Olives, Bread, Honey, and Salt," "White Mushrooms," "The Prodigies," "Wings"
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry: "Whitewater"
Verse Daily: "Trouble"
Terrain.org: "Vultures at Cold Canyon"
Interviews & features
Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith talks about the tangled subject of exes and reads my poem "Vows" on her podcast "The Slowdown."
Watch this achingly lovely short film of my poem "Quarry" UK animator Josh Saunders created for the Visible Poetry Project.
Kenyon Review. Dean Rader and I dish about short poems, oxymorons, darling-snuffing, lyrical gears, and inner/outer worlds.
San Francisco Chronicle. Wherein I chat about duality, dead animals, women struggling to find their power, and how darkness can lead us to cherish the bright and gleaming.
Chatting with Deborah Kalb about contradiction, vulnerability, split-open pomegranates, and jellyfish.
Terrible blooms mixtape on Spotify!
AWP panel podcast, I Did It My Way: Writing Who We Are, with Roxane Gay, Celeste Ng, Kevin Young, Ed Falco, and me.
Kathy Fagan writes about my poem "Flower" on the 32 Poems blog.
I write about guilty pleasures, poetry rock stars, mysteriously troubled English teachers, and Edna St. Vincent Millay on Poetry Daily's Poet's Pick.
AWP panel podcast, Rejection! Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but Were Afraid to Ask), with Jill Bialosky, David Baker, Rob Spillman, M. B. Caschetta, and me, your friendly neighborhood moderator. Transcript here.
SF Weekly, The Write Stuff: Melissa Stein on the Literary Mood Swing, 7.11.13. Writing advice, sideways slide launches, To the Lighthouse, narcotic nights, and honeysuckle. With a 5-minute video.
First Book Poets in Conversation: Marie-Elizabeth Mali & Melissa Stein, Boxcar Poetry Review, Winter 2011.
How a Poem Happens: Contemporary Poets Discuss the Making of Poems, 5.5.11. About "Whitewater."
WordTemple, KRCB, Santa Rosa, 8.17.11.
A half-hour radio program, chatting with Katherine Hastings about butcher's daughters, formative reading, and a rather mysterious book dedication. Begins at 28:00.
San Francisco Book Review: Writing Around the Bay, 5.4.11. Wherein I discuss deadline crunches, navel-gazing poems, commitmentphobia, and succulents.
The Poetry Show, KUSP, Santa Cruz, 12.19.10.
An hour-long radio program, chatting with Dennis Morton about spiders, multiple personalities, bad handwriting, cellos, and, of course, honey.
Out of Our Minds, KKUP, Cupertino, 3.23.11.
An hour-long radio program, chatting with J.P. Dancing Bear about when good poets go bad, REM, e.e. cummings, poetry pulled from the headlines, that guy who does voiceovers for all the movie trailers, and (surprise!) bees.
Reviews & mentions of Terrible blooms
Library Journal, starred review
LitHub, 10 New Poetry Collections to Read during National Poetry Month
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Entropy Magazine's Best of 2018
Midwest Book Review
The East Bay Review
A Just Recompense
A Space for Image
The Widening Spell
Quiet Lightning reading at Doc's Lab in San Francisco, 12.14.14; 13-minute reading.
Favorite poem project, TateStreet, at AWP 2015
I read Hopkins's "The Windhover" and chatted about its edgy, dangerous language.
Why there are Words, December 2018
Sound quality's pretty wretched but hey, the camera angle is pretty flattering!
Poetry World Series, Mill Valley Edition, May 2014
I judged this event featuring two teams of great poets.
From SF Weekly interview, 7.11.13:
Lyrics & Dirges Reading, Pegasus Books, 8.21.13
Three poems. Camerawork a bit shaky!
Poetry World Series, Mill Valley Edition, April 2013
With Daniel Handler, Dean Rader, Rebecca Foust, CJ Evans, Julie Bruck, and Keith Ekiss.
I read at 18:48, 41:45, 1:15, 1:26.
From Writers With Drinks reading at the Makeout Room in San Francisco, 3.19.11:
Charlie Jane Anders' mind-blowing intro
From the Poetry World Series at the San Francisco Public Library (poem topics were chosen by the audience), 10.3.11:
"Want Me": @ 41 seconds
Reviews of Rough Honey
Voltage Poetry, 3.14
HTML Giant, 12.13
Indiana Review, 1.12
Devil's Lake, 8.11
Green Mountains Review, 6.11
The New York Times, 10.19.10
Library Journal, 11.15.10
US Review of Books
Selected print publications
Copper Nickel (2018)
Sugar House Review (2018)
Painted Bride Quarterly (2018)
Philadelphia Stories (2018)
Poetry Northwest (2018)
Four Way Review (2017)
River Styx (2017)
Yale Review (2017)
Tin House (2016)
Beloit Poetry Journal (2016)
The Literary Review (2016)
The Cincinnati Review (2016)
32 Poems (2016; 2010; 2009)
American Poetry Review (2015)
Crab Orchard Review (2015)
Nimrod International Journal (2015)
Catamaran Literary Reader (2015)
New England Review (2014; 2004)
Green Mountains Review (2014)
The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (2013)
Small Batch (2013)
Old Flame: A 32 Poems anthology (2013)
Barrow Street (2013)
Poetry Northwest (2012)
Washington Square Review (2012)
Green Mountains Review (2012; 2010)
Michigan Quarterly (2012)
The Texas Review (2012)
Cimarron Review (2012; 2009)
Spoon River Poetry Review (2011)
Harvard Review (2010)
North American Review (2010; 2008)
Alaska Quarterly Review (2010)
Best New Poets 2009