You can order my book In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector from this site, using a credit card or PayPal. Thanks to the end of Open Mic events due to COVID, I’ve reduced the price to $15. In Milwaukee, you can also find it at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
So, the Plague Year 2020 is over. Enough said… However, it was a good year for me as a writer. In April, I signed on to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s “Big History is Happening” project. The Society is collecting journals and other documentation of life during COVID from Wisconsin residents. I started keeping a journal and haven’t stopped yet.
I participated in five collaborations, already noted and linked below. First: Draw Write Here’s Chocolate Unplugged, right before everything hit the fan! Then, NEA’s Big Read Zine project, and three phases of “People’s History of the Pandemic”. Visit Draw Write Here!’s Flowpage to view the E-Books created by the collaborators.
I found a publisher (AsItOughtToBe) who’s seen fit to publish five of my poems! Tiny Seeds also published a poem, and Zingara Poetry Review has accepted another one to appear in July 2021.
I continued to blog for Ex Fabula. And, despite the fact that the Zablocki VA Medical Center closed to visitors and volunteers in early March, I conducted phone interviews with several veterans, for the My Life My Story program. Incidentally, My Life My Story has a podcast now.
My poem “Brother” appears in Lunch Bucket Brigade Zine #3. Next up, a Zoom Book Reveal of “People’s History of the Pandemic, Civil Rights and Going Postal”, on January 23.
Then comes the annual Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon. Much modified this year since we can’t stuff ourselves into Woodland Pattern in person… I’ve made my five-minute, 11 second video for the virtual event and I’m seeking sponsors. You can use the link above to sponsor me, so Woodland Pattern remains a super-spreader of poetry.
Another poem is live on AIOTB – “1968, 1969, 2018, 2019: The Fifty-Year Anniversaries Are Almost Over”
“A Horse Named Can-Ball-the-Flowers” is live on AIOTB!
Draw, Write Here has been at it again! The e-book I collaborated on, “Peoples History of the Pandemic: When Reality Hits” was revealed via Zoom on August 22. Enjoy Trailer #1 and Trailer #2. I’m really proud of the work I did with artist Jeanne Bril. You can view the entire book here and I’d love you to see it. In October the “Peoples History of the Pandemic, Civil Rights edition” will be forthcoming.
My poem “The Old Ways” is now live on AIOTB (As It Ought To Be).
This summer, I participated in the NEA Big Read Zine project. Together, we read Stephanie Burt’s book, Advice From the Lights. I contributed a page to the zine, which you can see on the “Collaborations” link.
And now, also from As It Ought to Be, “A Song for Noise”.
My poem “A Song for Harvest Spiders” has been published by As It Ought to Be, an online journal!
Encouraged by Anja Notanja Sieger of La Prosette, and poet and filmmaker Kristin Peterson Kaszubowski I submitted a monologue for Medusa Monologues. My piece “A Relationship to Things” – directed by Anja and acted by Judy Pirelli-Wamberg was set to be performed March 12-16 when COVID-19 intervened. The intrepid producers gathered the cast on what was supposed to be dress rehearsal night, and worked with NO Studios to produce this live stream of the show. It’s great! Enjoy.
My poem “Understanding Risk Factors So You Can Control Them” appears online in Stickman Review.