Recently Published Non-Fiction
"Legislators Miss the Mark with Police Reform"
In response to the massive protests against police brutality and cops murdering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), the Oregon State House of Representatives, along with many other jurisdictions, has proposed more than half a dozen bills intended to address the egregiously violent behavior by so-called "peace" officers.

The biggest problem with these types of legislation and/or policies is that they're built on the false premises that law enforcement officers obey the law and that if they just get more training their innate brutality and already criminal behavior will end. But police officers only enforce laws. They do not obey them.

Police reform requires starting over from the ground up. Anything less is just an adhesive bandage on a gaping, hemorrhaging, pus-filled wound. I explain why "Legislators Miss the Mark with Police Reform" on The Big Smoke.

"Protesters, Press, Police"
So-called journalists believe they're empowered to invade other people's lives and private property for their clickbait and sixty seconds of infotainment spotlight. They work for companies with right-wing, racist, misogynist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant agendas and do not care whose lives they destroy to get their "stories."

I analyze changes in journalism since I walked away almost four decades ago and explain how reporters sticking microphones and cameras in your face invade your privacy in my latest on The Big Smoke.

"Meet the New Boss ... Same As the Old Boss"
Despite four years of numerous analysts explaining in myriad articles, Twitter threads, YouTube videos, Facebook posts, etc. that racism is their primary reason for supporting him, there are still people insisting we need to "understand" why people vote for a white supremacist.

The problems in this country that feed white supremacy--racism, patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, misogyny, homomisia, transmisia, Islammisia, xenomisia--are systemic. "Meet the New Boss ... Same As the Old Boss".

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Recently Published Poetry
"Do I Pass?"
My poem, Do I Pass?, appears in Volume 4 of Outcast, a lgbtq+ literary magazine based in South Asia.

Outcast aims to bring about change by sharing stories, poetry, and art that start a conversation and providing a community for young people struggling with their sexuality so they will know they are never alone.
"Thin Blue Lie",
"Times that Try",
and "'Nice' People"
As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad, an anthology of poetry, prose, essay, and art inspired by the unprecedented events of the year 2020, includes three of my poems: "Thin Blue Lie", "Times that Try", and "'Nice' People". Embracing "fierce and raw creative works relating to life during the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter ... and the economic uncertainty and horror of the last eight months", As the World Burns packs the work of 114 writers and artists from ten countries and 30 states into more than 400 pages.

Both a story of survival and an act of resistance, dedicated "to those who have bravely fought the encroaching darkness in 2020 with their writing and their art", As the World Burns speaks, with many voices, to the damage wrought in these violent, fevered months. Let us to never forget or turn away from what is just, what is necessary, to keep light alive in this world."
"Normal Life" and
"Essential Services"
CHAOS A Poetry Vortex, an eclectic, eccentric, and unique collection of works by 104 poets includes two of my pandemic poems, "Normal Life" and "Essential Services".

You can listen to the virtual book launch with 35 of the poets reading excerpts from CHAOS A Poetry Vortex, dedicated to all the poets over the years who have brought CHAOS to the world.
"Activist Suite"
Portland Metrozine included a suite of my poems in the Summer 2020 issue.

The editors introduce "She Only Screams at Night", "Women's Lot", "#MeToo", and "Words Matter" with "Poetry as an activist's tool calling out the injustices of our time and giving voice to those otherwise silenced."

A growing online community, Portland Metrozine shares the ever-evolving literary work, visual art, and positive community vision of writers, artists, and deep thinkers from around the world.
"Pink Snow" and "Setting Sun"
Two of my shadorma, "Pink Snow" and "Setting Sun", appear in Volume 8 of Red Earth Review, a literary magazine published by The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program of Oklahoma City University.

Find "Pink Snow" on page 70 (page 77 in the document) and "Setting Sun" on page 71 (page 78 in the document).