This month, I went on a (socially-distanced) hike on Bogus Basin and Schafer Butte. During the hike, I was able to identify 15 species of wildflowers, including a couple that were new to me.Continue reading
Reading | Surel’s Place Valentine’s Day Show
Reading | Ming Studios & Oregon Caves National Monument
This week I got to read multidisciplinary poetry about Oregon Caves National Monument as part of Ming Studios 7 o’clock performance series.
Reading | Death Rattle Writers Festival
This month, I got to participate in Death Rattle Writers Festival.
Residency | Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area AiR
This summer, I was chosen by the Bureau of Land Management as the 2019 Artist-in-Residence for the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA).
The NCA contains the largest concentration of nesting raptors in North America, and one of the largest concentrations of nesting prairie falcons in the world. It also boasts the highest recorded density of ground squirrels, which is why so many raptors nest there.
For the residency, I wrote poetry about the sagebrush steppe ecosystem along the Snake River and the birds of prey that live there.
Residency | Oregon Caves National Monument AiR: Old-Growth Forest [Part 2]
In May, I got to be an Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service for the second time. I spent two weeks writing poetry about Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve’s old-growth forests and stunning cave formations.
The preserve is situated in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, a world biodiversity hotspot that boasts nearly 70,000 species.
Residency | Oregon Caves National Monument AiR: Cave Formations [Part 1]
Last month, I got to be an Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service for the second time. I spent two weeks writing poetry about Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve’s old-growth forests and stunning cave formations.
The cave at the monument is a type of marble dissolution cave. Acidic rainwater flowed through blue-veined marble to create it.
Reading | Voices for the Earth at Boise State University
Last month, I got to help plan and host an Earth Day Poetry Reading as part of the BSU Department of Sustainability’s Earth Week 2019.
I was joined by Kat Davis, Lisa Hecht, and Pei-Lin Yu in planning and hosting the event.
Oregon Thundereggs at Richardson’s Rock Ranch
Recently, I spent a weekend outside Bend, Oregon. I dug for Oregon Thundereggs, which are Oregon’s state mineral.Continue reading
Lava River Cave (Newberry National Volcanic Monument)
This weekend, we spent an afternoon exploring Lava River Cave at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument on a trip to Bend, Oregon.
This mile-long cave is the longest lava tube in Oregon. It was originally discovered by settlers in the late 1800s.
The entrance to the cave is quite bright, but you quickly descent into total darkness.Continue reading