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 me 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 Portland poet Jen Coleman. Join us on KBOO Community Radio Monday, September 25th at 10:00pm or, after that, listen online anytime from anywhere: KBOO. If you missed Dan Raphael in August, you can find him there.
My new poetry collection, ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PLANETARIUM, came out on April 23rd - we chose Shakespeare's birthday for pleasure and good luck. The book was published by Oregon's Flowstone Press, the new poetry imprint at Left Fork, created by the dynamic duo of publishers/editors Michael Spring and Ryan Forsythe.
On September 10, 2017, I'll read with Constance Hall (known mysteriously and charmingly as "M") in Portland, in Leah Stenson's monthly series hosted by Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue. Constance and I read at 7pm; open mic readings begin at 8, after a break to kibitz and buy/sign books.
On October 2, 2017, I'll read with Amy Miller and Michael Spring in the Free Range Poetry series at the NW Library in Portland (corner of NW 23rd and Thurman). This is a reunion for the three of us; we read together last year in Ashland. The event begins at 6pm; sign up for open mic is at 5:45 pm. Amy, Michael and I read after the open mic readers.
On October 5, 2017, I'll read 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 lots more oil pumps than cowboys, I'm hoping Lyle Lovett shows up.
On November 6, 2017, I'll read in The Striped Poets series at the Rainbow Cafe in Auburn, Washington. More details tba.
On November 30, 2017, I'll be one-third of November's trio of poets at Another Read Through, one of Portland's excellent independent bookstores. The store is at 3932 N. Mississippi Avenue; the show starts at 7pm - more details tba.
On April 12, 2018, I'll read in the Ghost Town Poetry series at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington - more details tba.
On April 15, 2018, I'll read in the Peregrine Series curated by Joan Maiers. 3pm - more details tba.
On June 13, 2018, I'll read 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.