You can order my book In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector from this site, using a credit card or PayPal. In Milwaukee, you can also find it at Woodland Pattern Book Center.
This year begins with some exciting news: The Milwaukee Anthology from Belt Publishing will be released in April. This latest addition to Belt’s city series includes my poem “On These Acres”. Stay tuned for updates about release events.
On December 18 I performed at the “Seasonal Sharing Event” at Milwaukee’s new film-screening, performance, artists-and-writers work space – NO Studios. “Socializing With A Purpose” is their watchword. Milwaukee is full of serious talent. NO Studios is a place where creative people encourage and inspire other creative people to bring their projects to fruition! They offer memberships at various levels. Look at their website and see what they offer.
Freesia McKee is a wonderful poet who relocated from Milwaukee to Florida last fall. She interviewed me about “In the Field” on her blog, which is well worth following. You can read it here. By all means bookmark her blog and follow it regularly.
There was another Draw, Write Here book release at Woodland Pattern on July 20. This book contains work that was created in response to the In Tandem Theater production of “The Outgoing Tide” earlier this year. See a trailer of the collaborators’ response.
Juneau Park Friends present Poetry in the Park one Tuesday a month from May through September. I was one of the featured readers on July 10th.
I wrapped up Memorial Day weekend at Bryon Cherry’s Jazz and Poetry Night at the Jazz Estate on Monday, May 28th. On Friday, June 15th, I was in Madison with various veterans of left wing political movements of the 60’s and 70’s. The authors on the program read from their works of history, memoir and poetry at Madison’s Room of One’s Own Bookstore. Information about the store and event is linked here.
Poetry I created during the Draw, Write Here collaboration “Objects of Desire”, is featured (along with my collaboration partner Thea Kovac’s artwork) in the inaugural issue of Milwaukee’s new online poetry journal In Want of Jasmine.
There was a release party for Draw, Write Here at Voyageur Books on the 19th of January, 2018. Poems that I created in this visual artist/writer collaboration are in the book, along with lots of wonderful work from others. Enjoy this video from the party!
My poem “Were You There?” was a 2017 finalist for Alternating Current’s Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem. (Note: due to continuous staff changes at this press, this poem, which was accepted for publication on DECEMBER 31, 2016 hasn’t been published yet. But, it’s in the book…
I told stories at Ex Fabula’s “Hidden”, “Change of Heart” and “Only in Milwaukee” story slams. I also had the privilege of joining Ex Fabula’s second class of Fellows. The Fellows program uses storytelling to encourage productive conversations about race, privilege and oppression. As part of the fellowship outreach, I shared a story at a workshop “White Fragility” that was presented by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.