Brenda Hillman Interview (Letters on Fire)

Brenda Hillman Interview (Letters on Fire)

I caught up with Brenda Hillman at her Northern California home August 4, 2017, and we had a lively discussion about her last book: Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. In the first segment she discussed her twenty year effort to write books about each of the...

Earshot Jazz Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal

Earshot Jazz is in full swing, no pun intended. Seattle’s long-running annual festival is an orgy for the ears and soul and I missed most of the Thelonious Monk @ 100 events, which is a shame, but poetry festivals do take a lot of my energy. Bhakti and I were...

Launch of 56 Days

The anthology 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards is out in the world and the three co-editors were among the poets reading from the book and discussing their practice of creating, composing and mailing poetry postcards. Ina Roy-Faderman, Judy Kleinberg and your...

Why Cascadia? Why Poetry?

I am re-publishing this on the day of the 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival in Tacoma, WA, at the Washington State History Museum.         SCHEDULE            REGISTRATION. Why Cascadia? Why Poetry? “Man is estranged from that which he is most familiar.” – Heraclitus...

Death Rattle, Day One

This I posted on Facebook, but thought I should post here: The Death Rattle Writer’s Festival Day One happened and Janet Holmes had the highlight, for me, a touching poem about grieving the loss of her late husband. Nothing sentimental or maudlin. How poetry can...