I recently participated in two literary readings: Flipside Fest in September and the Death Rattle 9th Anniversary Showcase in November.
Recently, I visited Muir Woods National Monument, one of the last surviving old-growth coastal redwood forests in the world. I’ve been fascinated with old-growth forests since I was an Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service at an old-growth Douglas fir forest in southwestern Oregon.
The monument was named for John Muir, an American conservationist, and a personal hero. Coastal redwood forests like this boast the world’s tallest trees. The tallest redwood in the park is a mere 258 feet. That’s over three blue whales (our largest animal) stacked end-to-end.Continue reading
Last month, I and my partner had the opportunity to do habitat restoration for the city of Boise by planting seedlings in Fort Boise Military Reserve Park and along the Boise River Side Channel.Continue reading
In both September and March, I participated in Storyfort, a literary festival, and one of the “forts” of the Treefort Music Festival here in Boise, ID. In this post, I share photos from five readings and panels.
Poetry & Mimosas | Storyfort 2022
I read at the Poetry & Mimosas event on March 27th at the Owyhee Hotel for Storyfort 2022. The other featured readers included Emily Pittinos, Amy Pence-Brown, Jonathan Warren, Rise Collins, Benjamin Schmitt, and Daphne Stanford.
Pacific Northwest Poets Showcase | Storyfort 2022
I read at the Pacific Northwest Poets Showcase on March 26th at Guru Donuts for Storyfort 2022. The other featured readers included Benjamin Schmitt and Daphne Stanford.Continue reading
I was on a panel held at FireFusion Studio that discussed the intersection between music and poetry. The panel, Sound & Vision: Poets & Musicians on the Art of the Lyric, was hosted by poet Adam O. Davis. The other panelists were poets Tessy Ward and Aaron LoPatin.
Part One: Musical Rests and Pauses in the Poetry of Cathy Park Hong and De Leon Harrison
One idea I focused on was tonal “clouds” and the use of in-line pauses in the musical performance texts of Cathy Park Hong, De Leon Harrison, and others.Continue reading
For the past three months, I have been IDing native wildflowers on Mores Mountain in Bogus Basin and Boise National Forest. Mores Mountain is known for spectacular views and incredible wildflower displays, the best I’ve seen in the Treasure Valley. I thought I’d share some of the flowers I saw on the trails in May, June, and July.Continue reading
This May, I read at an event at KIN that showcased art, music, and literature from the 60+ awardees of grants from the Treasure Valley COVID-19 Cultural Commissioning Fund. I read some pieces from my Surel’s Place Residency.Continue reading
In August, I got to be an Artist-in-Residence at Surel’s Place, an art center in Garden City that hosts artists from around the world.
The center was originally the home of Surel Lee Mitchell, an Idaho-based visual artist who helped create the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District.Continue reading
This July, I read poems from a project about COVID-19 and the Second Plague Pandemic (1347-1700) in the Bloom Reading Series for Storyfort at the Idaho Botanical Garden.
The project, which tells the stories of impacted individuals through primary and secondary sources, is funded by a grant from the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund.Continue reading