about

I write poems about where I am. The West Central neighborhood in Spokane is where I have been since 2008, and where I will probably always be. I teach creative writing, editing, and book design classes at Whitworth University. I also serve on the board of directors for Project Hope Spokane, an urban farm job-training program for West Central and Emerson-Garfield youth.

In October 2013, I was appointed Spokane's first Poet Laureate. So I do that. I also serve as editor-in-chief of Rock & Sling, a literary journal, and I'm the publisher of Sage Hill Press.

Things I value:

  • Community
  • Good design
  • Typography
  • A dearth of adverbs
  • Good food
  • Salt
  • Vinyl
  • Banjos, mandolins, fiddles
  • Spokane
  • Passionate artists
  • Hippies
  • Bacon
  • Jesus
  • Chickens
  • Gardens
  • Mountains
  • Elk
  • Rivers
  • Rail-travel

A Story

I'm still trying to decide what story goes here. A North Dakota story? A family story? A neighborhood story? A backpacking story? A story about my wife? About my household (we've got a big community in our house)? A funny story; sad story; endearing story; tragic story? Not sure yet.