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Current Reading List

  • James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time
  • W.E.B. DuBois: Black Reconstruction: 1860 - 1880
  • Edwidge Danticat: Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
  • Laurent Dubois: Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution
  • Laurent Dubois: Haiti: The Aftershocks of History


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I write therefore I am. My six-word memoir? Teetered on the precipice then jumped.


My writing—poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction—shapes idea and image into language and form, a journey to my river of truth.

I grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now live near the mighty Columbia in Portland, Oregon. I attended Oberlin College, Cornell University, and have an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from SUNY at Binghamton.

My writing’s received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship; my most recent chapbook is Eternity a Coal’s Throw. I've had a story and a poem nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A complete list of my publications is at


Reading, writing, not arithmetic. The nerdy art and craft of poetry. Walking and yoga. Street fairs, parades, and disco. Movies in real theatres. Theatre on real stages. Art in real galleries. Lovely meals in real restaurants. Bob Dylan as DJ on Theme Time Radio Hour. All kinds of music especially 1930s jazz. Blue-eyed half-Siamese cats. Venice, Italy! Photo: The Louvre, Paris, France, September 2010