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.

Coming up:

Last spring and summer, I participated in collaborations with Draw, Write Here!  I’ll read work from those collaborations at Voyageur Bookstore on January 19, 2018. That’ll be the release party for the book that compiles all the art, poetry and prose. Good stuff!

On January 22, 2018, I’ll be the featured poet at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn for Poet’s Monday. My book will be  available for sale then! If you don’t make it to Linneman’s, I’ll do a set on Tuesday, January 30th, at my neighborhood tavern/restaurant, the Riverwest Filling Station.

The annual Poetry Marathon at Woodland Pattern will be on January 27th. I will read early in the day, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon. Pledges help Woodland Pattern carry on their service to the creative community in Milwaukee.

Are you on Facebook? I’ve created a Facebook page “In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector” where you can find background information about poems in the book. You can also read or post reviews. Take a look.

News:

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.