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.

2018 Events & Updates

End your Memorial Day Weekend at Bryon Cherry’s Jazz and Poetry Night at the Jazz Estate on Monday, May 28th. I’ll be sharing the stage with other poets there. The set runs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. On Friday, June 15th, I’ll be in Madison with various veterans of left wing political movements of the 60’s and 70’s. The authors on the program will be reading from their works of history, memoir and poetry. It’s at Madison’s Room of One’s Own Bookstore. Information about the store and event is linked here.

Juneau Park Friends present Poetry in the Park one Tuesday a month from May through September. I’ll be one of the featured readers on July 10th!

In April – National Poetry Month – I read at the East Library and St. John’s on the Lake. I also attended the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Conference in Oshkosh.

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.

My poem “Olive Hill” is now online on The Coil.  “Olive Hill” – was a 2017 semi-finalist for the Alternating Current Press “Luminaire Award for Best Poetry“.

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!

In January, 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!

2017

My poem “Were You There?” is a 2017 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.

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.

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.