Welcome ..... you may have clicked your way here because you read my books, or you’ve been reading my work in magazines and anthologies, on paper and online. Maybe you know about my motherhood research. Maybe you've heard I'm a member of Chicago’s pre-Roe abortion underground, called JANE.  Perhaps you’re looking for my book about Grace Paley and other writing.  You can read a poem, essay or story right now, listen to me read at SoundCloud or Oregon Poetic Voices, or watch a video of my reading at the Pond House.  To find episodes of my KBOO Community Radio show - "Poetry and Everything" - click here.


This month's Poetry and Everything show will feature Natasha Saje, a poet and essayist who lives in Utah, visited Portland, and came to KBOO to talk into our microphone. Join us on KBOO Community Radio Monday, July 24 at 10:00pm or, after that, listen online anytime from anywhere: KBOO.  If you missed Claudia Savage in June, you can find her there.

On June 1, 2017, I read at the Astoria library at 6pm. Astoria is one of my favorite places in Oregon, including as it does the great river, the great bridge over the river, a great history of labor organizing, and a short hiking trail that leads to an undeniably great 300 year old Sitka spruce. I read some earlier work and poems from my new book, Announcements from the Planetarium (see next entry for relevant, albeit over-excited, text + a link to a page with excerpt, blurbs, commentary and cover image).

On June 7, 2017, my new poetry collection, ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PLANETARIUM, had its first Portland reading at Broadway Books at 7pm (1714 NE Broadway, my local).  The book was published by Oregon's Flowstone Press, a new poetry imprint of Left Fork, and the editors/publishers - writers Michael Spring and Ryan Forsythe - were there too, along with a surprise guest.  Yes, there was reading and talking and dairy cows and purple broccoli and rose petals - no, wait; I got carried away because I'm happy about this new book (though rose petals were indeed possible - this was Rose Festival week).

On July 20, 2017, I was one of the featured readers in Dan Raphael's FoPo series at Backstory Books in Portland (6010 SE Foster Road); I read poems from the new book - Announcements from the Planetarium (see June 7 for link to the book) and the title poem from WHAT IF YOUR MOTHER (because it's necessary).  The other featured reader was excellent Portlander Josh Lubin - check him out, for sure. 

On September 10, 2017, I'll be reading with Constance Hall (known mysteriously and charmingly as "M") in Portland, Oregon in Leah Stenson's monthly series hosted by Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue.  Constance and I will read at 7pm; open mic readings will begin at 8, after a break to kibitz and sell/sign books.

On October 2, 2017, I'll be reading with Amy Miller and Michael Spring in the Free Range Poetry series at a branch of our excellent county library in NW Portland.  This is a reunion for the three of us; we read together last year in Ashland.  More details tba.

On October 5, 2017, I'll be reading in the Guest Author Presentation Series at the J. Conrad Dunagan Library of the University of Texas, Permian Basin campus, in Odessa.  Even though we'll be surrounded by oil drilling, not cowboys, I'm hoping Lyle Lovett shows up.

On November 6, 2017, I'll be reading in The Striped Poets series at the Rainbow Cafe in Auburn, Washington.  More details tba.

On April 12, 2018, I'll be a featured reader in the Ghost Town Poetry series at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington.  More details tba. 

On April 15, 2018, I'll be a featured reader in the Pregrine Series curated by Joan Maiers.  3pm - more details tba.

On June 13, 2018, I'll be a featured reader in Milwaukie's Ledding Library Pond House series.  More details tba.

Listen to an interview at THE ABORTION DIARY podcast - Melissa Madera’s valuable collection of first-person stories. We talked for a long time about many things (Chicago's underground abortion service, my own abortion, lots more) and she did a great editing job. 

Listen to me tell a story at BEAR WITNESS, the show produced by Erin Yanke and Moe Bowstern at Portland’s Jack London Bar.  That event was the first time I included my cancer experience in my art, and I'm happy to say it went well.  Listen to this audio clip, hosted by Portland’s KBOO Community Radio; it includes Moe’s brief intro and her seriously, usefully thoughtful words at the end. 

For info about + links to my recently published work in journals and zines, online and on paper, check out Selected Works.

And - you must remember this ........ Shop at your local, independent bookstores; support the reading and writing community you love.  In Portland, Oregon, amazingly and luckily, there are several good ones - including my local, Broadway Books.