As a journalist,
writer of poetry and critic, I've written for monthlies, weeklies, dailies and literary journals. I've covered marijuana policy, city planning and zoning, water rights, governmental gridlock, food policy and nonprofits' activities and much, much more.
As a poet,
I've published in journals well known and just launched. Over seventy of my poems have appeared in top national publications, including Boston Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, Yale Review, New England Review and other amazing places.
What informs my poetry:
The landscape of the American West, the idea of exile and a yearning to mesh identity with ever-shifting loci and culture. I've been a wanderer all my life. I'd write the photos of Ansel Adams crossed with Robert Frank, if I could.
What inspires my prose:
Unpopular views (I love a good fight), a feeling that the powers that be (of any party) don't necessarily have our best interests in mind, out-of-the-way people trying to build community in out-of-the-way places and citizens rising to action (after a healthy debate, of course).
The long-way-'round summary:
Father. Husband. Communicator for the University of Kansas. Former newspaper owner/editor. Former school counselor, former teacher. MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. BA in literature and creative writing from the University of Montana. Originally from Jefferson's Charlottesville, well traveled and married to the amazing Joni Lee.
Communications Professional at the University of Kansas
"I believe in continual growth. I was a teacher and counselor, I've worked every job on a construction site and numerous jobs besides... I keep coming back to writing, communications and journalism, however, and on the horizon I see myself
deepening my skills in photography and graphic design."
On-the-road-living-life-with-my-partner-Joni World Traveler