Northwind Reading Series in Port Townsend, WA on 3/22

15 Feb

3-22 Northwind Reading Series – Floating Bridge Press Authors

I’m looking forward to reading with fellow Floating Bridge Press poets Katy E. Ellis and Alex Vigue at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA, in March. Their books are phenomenal, and I highly recommend them.

Unrelated note: I once slept on the lawn in front of the Ft. Warden Youth Hostel in Port Townsend the 1990s when the hostel was full, only to arise, bestial, covered in morning dew, to harry and pester Sam Hamill at Copper Canyon. Teenage me thought that since Sam was my teacher for one Centrum workshop that meant I could just sort of show up and try to talk to him about books.  Teenage me didn’t really understand a lot of things. Sam always talked to me, though, and even gave me free books after we talked about them.

What We Talk About When We Talk About a Hiatus

8 Jan

After an inexplicably long lull, prompted by a visit to a colleague’s classroom tomorrow (Hi, Ryan!), and inspired by a renewed commitment to Sparklemotion blogging in 2018 recently announced by a number of poets I greatly admire (including Kelli Russell Agodon), I’m going to try and say a few things here, more often.

We’ll see.

I’m skeptical. The Tumblr I keep where I write down passages from what I read (which is fairly LOW STAKES and the opposite of labor-intensive) also seems to languish. This past fall included such delightful news, though, so I’m ripping the Band-Aid off, and defying inertia.

I could not be more ECSTATIC to be joining the ranks of Floating Bridge poets. I had a wonderful time reading from my new book The Meanest Things Pick Clean at both Elliott Bay in Seattle (in October) and Auntie’s Books in Spokane (in November). One of the things that delighted me most was getting introduced to the work of so many great writers. Admittedly, I already knew Maya and Kat, but each time I read new stuff from them, it’s like they are Russian nesting dolls containing words I couldn’t imagine or even fathom.  And they live in my town.  It’s weird, man. I could see them buying eggs or something, and then in their brains, they’re probably coming up with these poems–not just any poems, but THESE poems–these Maya Jewell Zeller and Kathryn Smith poems.

In the spirit of ripping the Band-Aid off and getting back to blogging, I will now share links to amazing poems of all the writers I’ve had the privilege to read with during the past year, either on the Sinkhole Tour promoting After Our Departure from Sage Hill Press, or when releasing The Meanest Things Pick Clean from Floating Bridge.  I love the work of these poets (and one fiction writer–don’t get cranky, Leyna).  I can’t get enough of all of them.

Katy E. Ellis

Tim Greenup

Leyna Krow

Kathryn Smith

Alex Vigue

Maya Jewell Zeller

Ellen Welcker

Also, as a bonus, and to get the year started off right, here is a picture of a dead tree I took in Kansas in December:


The Sinkhole Book Tour and my forthcoming chapbook from Floating Bridge Press

4 Aug

I’m smack in the middle of the Sinkhole Book Tour this summer with fellow Spokane writers Leyna Krow, Ellen Welcker, and Tim Greenup. Jon Merrell, a Spokane artist and a good friend of mine, designed our amazing book tour poster:

Sinkhole Poster 12×18

As if this fabulous news wasn’t enough, I’m experiencing an embarrassment of riches, and also have a chapbook forthcoming from Floating Bridge Press . I love this Washington press, and couldn’t be prouder to have them publishing new work from me, and to be taking part in a release reading at Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle in October (details to follow).

Northwest of Nashville at The Bartlett with Emily Gwinn

24 Apr

Northwest of Nashville

I’m really excited about reading for Northwest of Nashville with Emily Gwinn.  Emily and I will be reading some of the long poem “Frankie and Johnny: A Haibun” from our collaborative manuscript Additional Lyrics, performing the work with several groups of very talented musicians.  Additional Lyrics was recently a finalist in the White Stag Publishing book contest.  Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8pm tomorrow night! (4/25)

Pub Day for After Our Departure

26 Oct

My book After Our Departure comes out from Sage Hill Press today!  You can find it in bookstores in the Pacific Northwest, and around the country, or you can order a copy online:


After Our Departure book release and reading, 7:00pm on October 26th at Auntie’s bookstore (402 W. Main Ave.) in Spokane, WA.

9 Oct

I am delighted to announce that After Our Departure will come out from Sage Hill Press on October 26th, 2016.  There will be an event at Auntie’s bookstore in Spokane that evening.  I’ll read from the book, copies will be available for purchase, and I’ll be signing them.

A few limited edition broadsides of poems may be available, as well, designed by my collaborator, the phenomenally talented Lindsey Merrell.  Some of our collaborations also went up at Duende recently, if you’d like to check them out.  Lindsey also designed the book cover.  You can (and should) follow her on Twitter: @wondrousprint

Powder Horn Prize from Sage Hill Press

7 Mar

I was absolutely delighted to learn that poet Nance Van Winckel has chosen my manuscript After Our Departure as the winner of the Powder Horn Prize from Sage Hill Press!  The book will be published at the end of 2016!

Sage Hill

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