Ecotherapy reminded me of my childhood, where I was used to fields and red barns. I don’t think that life is simpler than an urban one. Yet it is closer to nature and with less manufactured things around you. It is healthier and if you strive to be one, it does help you to be a poet.
On July 13th and 20th, I am facilitating a poetry workshop in Winneconne, WI. Its sponsored by the Museum of Writing Instruments and they have this interesting idea of combining poetry with calligraphy. The person in charge emailed me this: "A few people at the calligraphy session were wondering if you'll give them a subject … Continue reading Poetry is Not Intimidating
Poetry is the world through the poet’s eyes.
The Lakefly Writers Conference is my favorite weekend of the year. A few years ago, members of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club (which includes me) was given the challenge of creating a conference for writers. With the support of the Oshkosh Public Library and the partnership with the Wisconsin Writers Association, we were able to … Continue reading Its Lakefly (Writers) Season
I wanted to write a poem about what Oshkosh has given me. Gratitude is always important.
My publisher wanted a dedication for my book. I jumped at the opportunity. Here is that dedication: To my wife, Linda, and my children, Kristen, Morgan, and Sawyer. They give me a warm, full life that inspires me to write that also includes two beautiful grandsons, Aiden and Callan. However, this is the dedication I … Continue reading Changing My Dedication
My novel comes out next month (December 2021). I worked hard to be vulnerable and put my own pain into my character. Now that is so close, I am worried how friends and family will perceive my main character as me. The character, Mikey Haskell, does some terrible things. Will they think that I wanted … Continue reading Shattered- A Novel
A book or an article about Oprah’s life would be an important read. But a poem that goes through the emotions someone has towards their abuser is immediate and powerful.
That goal of getting into that publication spurred my imagination to recollect my important memories
In September of 2021, I was named the Poet Laureate of Oshkosh.