In this life we have to claim the life we want. Writing it out gives a clearer picture.
I am honored to hold the title Poet Laureate of Oshkosh. However, I know the role was not created to celebrate my poetry, but to foster poetry in Oshkosh. I read poetry and I write poetry. But I never really tried to celebrate it. So this role has helped me to examine the value of … Continue reading Writers Impact Now
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
. True poetry begins in taking away words and rearranging the remaining ones.
A person that does it should be cancelled. But should a character in a book?
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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.
In September of 2021, I was named the Poet Laureate of Oshkosh.
A long time ago, I wrote a manuscript about a comic who comes to believe he is an animal. I wrote it in first person. Since then, I have matured as a writer. Gotten better. I attained new tools. In this case I'm talking about the Prowriting Software. Yet I could not attack my manuscript. … Continue reading Revising Your Baby