In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector is available now. This book’s been nearly 20 years in the making. You can order it from this site, using a credit card or PayPal.
Events & Updates
In April – National Poetry Month – I’ll be reading at the East Library and St. John’s on the Lake. I’ll also join the annual Earth Day celebration at the Urban Ecology Center. I plan to attend the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Conference in Oshkosh, and will sell books there at the book fair.
January was busy. There was a release party for Draw, Write Here at Voyageur Books on the 19th. Poems that I created in this visual artist/writer collaboration are in the book, along with lots of wonderful work from others. I was the featured reader at Poet’s Monday at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn on the 22nd, participated in the annual Poetry Marathon at Woodland Pattern Book Center on the 27th, and did a short set for Open Mic night at the Riverwest Filling Station on the 30th.
Are you on Facebook? I’ve created a Facebook page “In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector”(@autobiographyofaninspector) where you can find background information about poems in the book. You can also read or post reviews there. I’ve also created a page on Goodreads, where you can ask questions, or post reviews about “In the Field”. Please visit!
My poem “Were You There?” is a finalist for Alternating Current’s Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem. It will appear on their site in 2018, and it’s also in the book. Another poem in the book – “Olive Hill” – is a semi-finalist for the Alternating Current Press “Luminaire Award for Best Poetry“. It will be linked to The Coil some time in 2018.
Enjoy a video of “Objects of Desire”, the August 27th Draw, Write Here performance at In Tandem Theater. An earlier video produced by Draw, Write Here documents an artist/writer event at Voyageur Bookstore in May 2017.
Two poems – “After the Wedding Party” and “Too Long to Stop Now” appear on Full of Crow, a poetry website.
Three of my poems are included in “Permeable to the Year”, a poetry anthology compiled by The Subtle Forces (Anja Notanja Sieger and Freesia McKee). I read them on Riverwest Radio on Tuesday, May 30th, and you can listen on this link.
Two previously published poems are now linked to the “Community” page of Digging Through the Fat, an online digest.
I told stories at Ex Fabula’s “Hidden”, “Change of Heart” and “Only in Milwaukee” story slams this season. 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.