Old-Growth Coastal Redwood Forests Of Muir Woods National Monument (Northern California)

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.

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Readings and Panels | Storyfort 2021 & 2022

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.

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Sound & Vision: Poets & Musicians on the Art of the Lyric | Storyfort Panel 2021

In September, I participated in Storyfort, a literary festival, and one of the “forts” of the Treefort Music Festival here in Boise, ID.

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.

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Wildflowers of Mores Mountain | Boise National Forest

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.

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Reading | Bloom Reading Series at Idaho Botanical Garden

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.

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