Ice Cream Poems in time for summer!

              Right as summer arrived, the anthology ICE CREAM POEMS: reflections on life with ice cream, edited by poet Patricia Fargnoli, was published by World Enough Writers an imprint of Concrete Wolf. My poem “Ice Cream Cravings” is included in this excellent anthology. With 125 …

Seattle Poetic Grid!

                What is the Seattle Poetic Grid you might ask! Poet and writer Claudia Castro Luna was the first Seattle Civic Poet and during her two year tenure she did several projects city wide to promote poetry. Her final project is an electronic map of …

Update on Postpartum & Reading in Everett

          In my last blog (News page) I reported that I was in a fog of book birth postpartum depression. I’m still in that fog, but my sleep has been improving, so now with full nights of sleep I’m beginning to see some light. It’s been a …

Book Birth Postpartem Depression

Having a book is a strenuous experience. It seems a good thing to celebrate and it is, but publishing a book is in many ways like having a baby, it means distortion, labor pains, anxiety, and depression can be part of the process. When the book is birthed it is out …

New Book Celebration Reading! Truth Be Bold

On Sunday April 9th at Hugo House (1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA), from 4 to 6 pm, I will celebrate the release of my third collection of poetry, Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS. This book explores coming out as a long term survivor, the work I did …

AWP17 in Washington DC

        This year was the 50th Anniversary of AWP, in Washington DC! Quite an accomplishment for any organization to have survived and thrived half a century. I apologize for this rare long post, I have made it as brief as possible trying to capture my experience. My …

Writing Summary 2016

2016 was a busy year. After a long hiatus from the business side of writing, it was time to submit my writing again. After several invitations to submit a full size manuscript, to the press that published my chapbook in 2007, I  pulled together my HIV/AIDS poetry, including new poems I wrote in 2015 inspired …

Bold Truth is Necessary in a Post-Truth World

          In December scientists gathered at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco to protest President-elect Trump’s selection of climate-change deniers to major government positions. The incoming administration will destroy their work, be detrimental to the health of our planet, and cut funding. Peter Frumhoff from the Union of …

Green Witch with AIDS Accepted for the HIV Here & Now Anthology!

              My poem, Green Witch with AIDS was selected for the HIV Here & Now Anthology by editor Michael J. Broder (due out in 2017). Prior to that it was published first at The Unprecendented Review, then on the HIV Here & Now Poem-a-Day project. In fact, …