In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector is available now. You can order it from this site, using a credit card or PayPal. In Milwaukee, you can also find it on the shelves at Woodland Pattern Book Center and Little Read Book in Wauwatosa.
2018 Events & Updates
Freesia McKee is a wonderful poet who relocated from Milwaukee to Florida last fall. She interviewed me about “In the Field” on her blog, which is well worth following. You can read it here. By all means bookmark her blog and follow it regularly.
There was another Draw, Write Here book release at Woodland Pattern on July 20. This book contains work that was created in response to the In Tandem Theater production of “The Outgoing Tide” earlier this year. See a trailer of the collaborators’ response. Juneau Park Friends present Poetry in the Park one Tuesday a month from May through September. I was one of the featured readers on July 10th.
I wrapped up Memorial Day weekend at Bryon Cherry’s Jazz and Poetry Night at the Jazz Estate on Monday, May 28th. On Friday, June 15th, I was in Madison with various veterans of left wing political movements of the 60’s and 70’s. The authors on the program read from their works of history, memoir and poetry at Madison’s Room of One’s Own Bookstore. Information about the store and event is linked here.
Poetry I created during the Draw, Write Here collaboration “Objects of Desire”, is featured (along with my collaboration partner Thea Kovac’s artwork) in the inaugural issue of Milwaukee’s new online poetry journal In Want of Jasmine.
There was a release party for Draw, Write Here at Voyageur Books on the 19th of January, 2018. Poems that I created in this visual artist/writer collaboration are in the book, along with lots of wonderful work from others. Enjoy this video from the party!
In January, I was the featured reader at Poet’s Monday at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn on the 22nd, participated in the annual Poetry Marathon at Woodland Pattern Book Center on the 27th, and did a short set for Open Mic night at the Riverwest Filling Station on the 30th.
My poem “Were You There?” is a 2017 finalist for Alternating Current’s Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem. It will appear on their site in 2018, and it’s also in the book.
Enjoy a video of “Objects of Desire”, the August 27th Draw, Write Here performance at In Tandem Theater. An earlier video produced by Draw, Write Here documents an artist/writer event at Voyageur Bookstore in May 2017.
Three of my poems are included in “Permeable to the Year”, a poetry anthology compiled by The Subtle Forces (Anja Notanja Sieger and Freesia McKee). I read them on Riverwest Radio on Tuesday, May 30th, and you can listen on this link.
I told stories at Ex Fabula’s “Hidden”, “Change of Heart” and “Only in Milwaukee” story slams this season. I also had the privilege of joining Ex Fabula’s second class of Fellows. The Fellows program uses storytelling to encourage productive conversations about race, privilege and oppression. As part of the fellowship outreach, I shared a story at a workshop “White Fragility” that was presented by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.