Reprint: The Fall 2021 issue of the quarterly Stone Gathering anthology will reprint “The Off Season,” which first appeared last December on SWWIM (see below). Keep an eye out for it!

I’m grateful to the wonderful Broadway Books in Northeast Portland for carrying The Brightest Rock. Please patronize this crucial independent bookstore by ordering online, or picking up in person if you’re in the Portland area! Thanks to Sally, Chris, and the whole crew there.

Other poems are forthcoming in Halcyone, Cold Mountain Review, Psaltery & Lyre, Blue Heron Review, EcoTheo Review.

New Online: At Sulphur Surrealist Jungle: “Brutal Oatmeal” (erstwhile title of my first manuscript)  and “Family Vacation” and “Eye of Night and Firefly Dogs.”

The Off Season” appeared Dec. 7, 2020 in SWIMM Every Day, which supports and celebrates women-identifying writers. Check out their daily poem!

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. The editors nominated my piece for The Orison Anthology — an annual collection of spiritually-engaged writing

New in Print: In An Anthology of Pandemic Poems, by the Oregon Poetry Association: “Hike in a Time of Pandemic.”

Gargoyle No. 73 is out as of February 2021 with my poem, “After Giving Up Wine for Two Months, and Other Alcohol, Too,” which is a poem about dandelions.

See my poem, “Doing Violence to the Language: Mountaintop Removal”  in the (sadly) final issue of the powerful little annual Hubbub, It’s been a good run of 34 years.


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

Inaugural reading for Vol. 1 Issue 1: Hearth & Coffin – online, April 2, 2021
Cirque #21 — online, January 12, 2021
Cirque #20 — online, July 16, 2020
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 — 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

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