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.
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.
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.
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.