Hello Portland, Oregon!

The wonderful Broadway Books is now carrying The Brightest Rock! Please patronize this crucial independent bookstore if you’re in the Portland area and looking for a copy! Thanks to Sally, Chris, and the whole crew there.

Stay tuned for readings and events in the Pacific Northwest.

Forthcoming: In EcoTheo Review: “Tree Meditation” (I know, such an original title…)

New Online: New lyric essay up on the gorgeous Split Rock Review, Issue 12. Go to read “From Water, Road and Rock” (or listen to me read it via the audio file!) and stay to read other prose and poetry, and view the beautiful images.

Check out two poems, “Old Pond” and “Below Shakespeare Arch,” in collaboration with photographer Marlayna Demond, published in The Light Ekphrastic Issue 34, May 2018.

Prayer for Solid Ground” in EcoTheo Review

New in Print: See my poems in Heron Clan VI : “Home Repair 2017 the New Regime,” “Complex Food Web, With Dog,” “Letter to John Donne,” and “Population Storm.”

Calling all Adirondack lovers! The journal Blueline included 4 of my poems in Vol. 39, 2018: “Oral History,””Cairn,” “Grogan Creek Falls,” and “The Eye Goes to School.”

The very fine and relatively new Timberline Review published “The Case for Ferocity” in Issue 6, 2018.

AUDIO POEMS! Two poems from The Brightest Rock, “Fourteen Stories Above a Light Rail Station, Denver” and “Aversions” are published in Summerset Review… in both text AND audio. Click the speaker to the right of the title to hear it in the voice of yours truly.

Past Readings

Rocks under the waters of Eagle Creek, below Punchbowl Falls, Oregon

Poetry in Plain Sight, Live!  — Winston-Salem, NC August 12, 2018
Carrboro Poetry on Your Plate — Carrboro, NC April 23, 2018
Sundry Poets at Quail Ridge Books — Raleigh, NC March 4, 2018
Poetrio Series at Malaprop’s Bookstore — Asheville, NC February 4, 2018
So&So Books reading series — Raleigh, NC November 15, 2017
North Arkansas State College — Harrison, AR November 2, 2017
City Lights Bookstore Coffee with a Poet series — Sylva, NC September 21, 2017
Visions International Reading Series — Garner, NC August 20, 2017
Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading — Chapel Hill, NC August 10, 2017
West Coast Book Launch — Portland, OR July 23, 2017.
North Carolina Poetry Society series at McIntyre’s Books — Pittsboro, NC, June 25, 2017.
Regulator Bookshop book launch — Durham, NC, May 18, 2017
Kakalak 16 — Charlotte, NC, December 3, 2016
RHINO anniversary reading — Raleigh, NC, October 16, 2016
Kakalak 15 — Charlotte, NC, December 19, 2015
Two Writers Walk Into a Bar series — Durham, NC, February 8, 2015


The Brightest Rock received Honorable Mention from the North Carolina Poetry Society in the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Book Award.

Why I Am Not an Evangelist” was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net by Summerset Review, a beautiful, readable online lit mag. Check out the Winter 2017 issue.

“Pond,” a short story by Slovenian writer Maja Novak, published in Two Lines Fall 2015 and translated with Hana Kovač, received a Pushcart nomination in 2015.

 The poem “Before Whose Feet” won second place in Kakalak 15.

Recent Publications

  • Blueline
  • Poetry in Plain Sight (poster)
  • Heron Clan V
  • Timberline Review
  • Cider Press Review
  • EcoTheo Review
  • Summerset Review
  • Rappahannock Review