Dec. 31, 2019: Where has the year gone by? So much has happened! I’ll use my busy-ness as an excuse for the lack of recent posts. Well, let’s do some catching up. We’ll start with the latest and work our way back:
I’m humbled and honored and thrilled that my poem “Welcome the Stranger” appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of The Paris Review!
My book Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air was named one of five finalists for the Eyelands Book Awards in the category of published short-story collections.
My poem “After Blackberry Picking,” which originally appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, was selected for inclusion in the anthology Rewilding: Poems for the Environment, due from Flexible Press in 2020.
On Oct. 24, I read my work at an ARTscend reading, in honor of the highest peak in Oregon’s Coast Range, long a sacred site to the First Peoples of this region, and still an important place to the ecology of Central Oregon today: Marys Peak. The rest of the lineup was absolutely terrific: Ingrid Wendt, Anita Sullivan, Meredith Jacobson, Maria Renee Johnson, and Charles Goodrich (whose work was read by Alex Diaz-Hui). I had the privilege of being able to introduce Charles and read one of my own poems, “Uplift and Creekfall.” A chapbook of our work was produced and available for attendees of the event. In addition to the writings of those mentioned above, it includes photos of nine of the art pieces from the previous year’s ARTscend Marys Peak project.
A poem of mine was put to music by a brilliant composer and pianist, Steven Luksan! He chose my poem “On Christmas Eve” for a new song cycle titled “Sea Songs” for voice and piano, performed in its world premier as part of a spring concert program called A Love Song to the Salish Sea on May 18 in Des Moines, WA. For this song cycle, he also wrote music to lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robinson Jeffers, Sara Teasdale, and Carl Sandburg. I heard a recording of my poem, and all I can say is, “Wow!” Luksan has written a perfect setting for the poem—wistful, haunting, entirely reminiscent of a meditative walk along a Pacific Northwest beach. Mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger sings it beautifully.
I had two poems accepted by Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments and a personal essay about my time in Kazakhstan, “More than Tenge and Tiyn,” accepted by Silk Road Review.
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