• Poetry & Other Writing

    Directions for a Writer

    Honored and excited to learn that my poem “Directions for a Writer” has been selected for inclusion in The Passed Note! Thank you so much to the editor, Pushcart Prize nominee Stephanie R. Johnson, for choosing my work for their Issue 7, June 2018 edition. Directions for a Writer Run hatless out the door. Burn your tongue with all the words the songs the soft sounds of awe. Fly far and high. Circle your center. Be still and know you are the question you are the answer. Fill yourself with wonder. Let it spill over your rim flood down your skin send chills dancing. Lean back under the arch of…

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    Poetry Reading at Traditions Cafe in Olympia, Washington

    This was my first time reading at the monthly open mic at Traditions Cafe in Olympia. Yes, we’ve lived here for almost two years now, but what with one thing and another… Anyway, the poetry flowed from deep-voiced seriousness to slam to sensual to Palestinian. I was touched that strangers came by our table after I read to tell me how much they liked my work. Some even stayed long enough to ask deeper questions. I joined the Olympia Poetry Network, paid my dues, and plan to make a habit of showing up every month to read. Profound thanks to Dick Meyer, for creating such a welcoming space for creativity…

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    Poetry Reading at Ford Food & Drink in Portland

    I was honored to be invited to read at this August 26th event, which featured VoiceCatcher Spring ’17 poets. Suzanne Sigafoos was the host for the event and the readers were: Adrienne Asher Sara Bednark Margaret Chula Donna Prinzmetal Barbara Sheahan Arzt My poems are included in the link, below— VoiceCatcher reading at Ford

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    As Heavily as Ripe Pears

    My poem “As Heavily as Ripe Pears” was published in the Spring 2017 edition of VoiceCatcher. The editor’s praise was generous: “It’s been a very long time since I read a poem as beautifully erotic as this one, erotic in a way that is vital, sound and glorious. Erotic in the light of day, erotic at midnight, and sensuous to the max. In my early reading, I wrote to the other editors: “…this poet may succeed in summoning Aphrodite to earth by use of the third stanza of this poem.” What a celebration this is.” As Heavily as Ripe Pears We kiss and tumble into tangled sheets unsure which tingling body…

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    I Write A Food Blog, Too

    My food blog, Blackberry Season, is an exploration of both ordinary and special occasion recipes. Most are low-carb, many are vegan, some are ovo-lacto vegetarian, and most are also low fat/low sodium. Many omnivore recipes have vegan alternatives. Low-carb doesn’t mean “no-carb”—but some are very low, while others are lower than their commonplace cousins, though still only for special occasions. There are even some unabashedly sugary recipes that snuck in. The name of my blog, Blackberry Season, came about because I was born during blackberry season, and my summer memories are filled with recollections of dusty trails, mounds of thorny thickets, and fingers and lips stained red with the sticky juice of stolen berries.…