Big news!

I have news I am delighted to be able to share with you!  My second book, The Heart is a Muscle, a full-length volume of poetry about farming, resiliency, the complexity of love and loss, and everything else that happens in a human heart, will be released by Swimming with Elephants Publications in March 2020. 

We don’t have the exact release date figured out yet, but when we do, you will hear about it here! And of course, like The Bones of This Land, it will be available on Amazon for ease of purchasing, especially  for non-local folks.  I’ll also do several featured readings throughout Spring and Summer this year, so be on the lookout for event announcements!  

And!  Kat d’Orazio will be drawing cover art for it!  If you’re not familiar with her work, you can check her out on instagram at @flowerhead_art – she is the fabulous tattoo artist & painter who did my “cosmic heart garden” back/arm tattoo.  

Swimming with Elephants Publications is run by Kat Crespin – so this book is being created by three people named Kat.  I am ridiculously pleased by this.  

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publication update

I’ve had the good fortune to have several poems accepted for publication recently.

I have a piece in the winter issue of the lovely Manzano Mountain Review

The current issue of Anti Heroin Chic is on grief, and they graciously reprinted a poem from my book.

And I will have two poems and a photograph in the upcoming winter issue of Wend.

I’m publishing less on this website because most journals consider this a publication and only accept previously-unpublished work, so if you are interested in reading my work, please consider clicking through and reading the pieces published in each of these excellent journals!

Also, I am now on Patreon!  You can find me at Patrons at the $1/poem tier receive two poems a month in their inboxes, and patrons at the $5 postcard-poem tier receive those poems as well as a postcard in the mail (featuring my photography) with a handwritten poem on it once a month.

Thank you for reading!

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Written on the Skin: an erotic poetry series

I am pleased to announce that i am coordinating a new erotic poetry reading series at Self Serve! The first one will be Sunday, July 21st, 3:30-5pm. The second will be in late January, and we hope to keep it up every July and January thereafter, as long as the juice lasts. I have a spectacular list of performers on board for July, and am now accepting submissions for performance in January. if you want to submit something and maybe perform, send me some poems at yarrow at sunflowerriver dot org!

and if you’d like to attend, mark your calendars! seating is limited to 30 people. tickets will go on sale next month, $10/each on the Self Serve website (linked above), and if we don’t sell out beforehand, they’ll also be available at the door.

see you there!

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Sunday Chatter, May 19th

I will be performing at Sunday Chatter on May 19th. The event is at 10 a.m. at Las Puertas, and tickets nearly always sell out in advance, so if you want to come, get yours today!

May 19, 2019

I will have some new work, and some work from The Bones of This Land. This will be the second time I’ve performed at this beautiful venue, and I am really looking forward to it. I hope to see you there!

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publishing news!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve had some work accepted for publication recently. The newly formed Erotix Literary Journal of Somatics includes four of my pieces: “sluice,” “the silence shapes the rhythm,” “flame to ash,” and “when you fall.” Three of these were written at or in response to Body Trust workshops; the other is a love poem, but it fits. I’ll let you sort out which ones are which.

The editor, Zaedryn Meade, describes the work in the journal as, “works focused on describing transformative experiences and methods through erotic embodiment explorations.” This journal is print-only — for a more somatic reading experience. Buy yours today!


And, Sky Island Journal will be publishing my poem “permeable” in the fall issue! it comes out October 20th, and you can read it there then!

The editors included in their acceptance letter this wonderful review of the poem:

“Permeable” is an intimate, yet wildly accessible, journey through the interior and exterior landscapes that are close to our hearts. The emotional and intellectual transport it provides is nothing short astonishing. Vivid imagery saturates our perfectly paced experience. Your craft is tight and elegant. Like all great art, “Permeable” is a gift that keeps giving; we discover more about it, and ourselves, with every reading. We are beyond excited to share it with the world.

I am so delighted and touched by this praise! I hope very much you will seek out copies of these works and enjoy them!

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book trailer for The Bones of This Land

Gina Falcon and Swimming With Elephants Publications released this wonderful little trailer for my book:

check it out!

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Out In Print reviews “The Bones of This Land”

Out in Print published a review of my book! Here’s an excerpt:

Divided into two sections, “Everyone’s Father Dies of Something” and “Desert Solitaire,” the intent of this chapbook is clear from the outset. This will be about death, grief, and the aftermath of both. “This Aching Echo” lays out the specifics: you were fifteen when the doctors/cracked your father open like a broken heart,/declared him inoperable,/gave him six months, and stopped caring. The language is plain and all the more meaningful for it. What struck me more, however, were the life lessons learned in the reminiscences, the childhood scenes of “Reading Together,” for example–a beautiful piece that parallels the act of reading with her father as a child and then again at his deathbed. […] The Bones of This Land is a remarkable tribute, filled with longing, regret, and elegiacal beauty.

You can read the full review here.

You can purchase your copy directly from the author at, from the UNM Bookstore if you are in Albuquerque, or online at (print and Kindle editions available!)

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you could be anywhere
suspended in limitless dark
but in fact you’re on a bridge.
the dark is as necessary
as the river.
everything that lives
grows from both.

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new review of “The Bones of This Land”

Lisa Gill writes,

Turn these pages and “the barrel jumps/ in your hand and the stock / kicks your shoulder.” Inside The Bones of This Land, you’ll find a love taut as cells on the brink of dividing. Whether cancer, death, compassion or even affection rips humans apart, we’re all gonna get there. As Heatherington writes, “Everyone’s father dies of something.” These poems share one woman’s journey and let each of us decide how we feel –and perhaps even see what we missed out on. Kudos.

You can get your copy here — and if you get a copy, don’t forget to leave a review on amazon! i learned recently that if something listed on Amazon gets 50 or more reviews, it will show up in the “also bought” reccomendations. let’s try to make that happen! thanks!

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The Bones of This Land

The Bones of This Land is available for purchase!

You can get it on Amazon.

or Barnes & Noble!

The first full length publication by author Kat Heatherington. This collection won the Swimming with Elephants Publications Chapbook Competition of 2017.

“The Bones of this Land is an exquisite collection of poetry and craft at its apex. Heatherington is an expert at subtle but powerful verse. Her words read like a whisper but resonate like a bomb. Here is a book that will leave you satiated, but curiously enough, hungry for more. ” Jessica Helen Lopez, author of Always Messing With Them Boys, cunt. bomb., Language of Bleeding and a recipient of the Zia Book Award

i am so proud of this tiny powerful book.

if you buy it, please consider leaving a review on amazon or goodreads! reviews do a world of good in helping books sell. thank you! i hope you like it!

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