Recently Published Non-Fiction
"Protests, Politics, Possibilities"
The political winds have shifted since Portland's May 19th mayoral primary. Now, the top vote getter is the underdog. But, the other name on the ballot could be a spoiler. I examine the dynamics on The Big Smoke.

"Racism Over Reform"
Oregon elected officials and law enforcement use the failed Proud Boys attempt to stir up trouble Saturday, September 26, as an excuse to remove restrictions on violence against Black Lives Matter protesters, brutally attacking them and, once again, choosing "Racism Over Reform".

I report on how police ignore white supremacists' law breaking while violating protesters' First and Fourth amendment rights on The Big Smoke.

"Peaceful Protests"
Mostly white regional elected officials, the white editorial board of the biggest newspaper in Oregon, and numerous mostly white-owned businesses have called for an end to the violence on the streets of Portland, Oregon. But, nowhere, in any of their documents, editorials, statements, or letters do any of these people acknowledge that night after night, the primary perpetrators of violence wear the uniforms and badges of the Portland Police Bureau.

As Black Lives Matter protesters try to navigate peacefully in the streets of Portland, the rules for doing so are constantly shifting based on the whims of the system they seek to reform, and police continue to meet "Peaceful Protests" against police brutality with police violence.

The Big Smoke is "a capital city for the 21st century in America. We're all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they'll love."

Recently Published Poetry
"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.
"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).
"Human Concerns"
The fourth annual Parks & Points & Poetry 2020 poetry series includes my poem "Human Concerns", which contrasts pandemic panic with swampland serenity.

Created by Amy Beth and Derek Wright, Brooklyn-based writers and outdoor enthusiasts with a great appreciation for shared public lands, Parks & Points & Poetry 2020 publishes personal essays and poetry about national parks and other public lands. They host an annual spring poetry series in conjunction with National Poetry Month and publish the winners.
"Dear Facebook"
Ever wonder about the pages Facebook suggests you "like"? It's not really difficult to figure out, if you think about it. My poem "Dear Facebook" laments the social media site's use and abuse of algorithms. Cirque, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, included it in the 10th Anniversary issue.

Published in Anchorage, Alaska, Cirque includes work from writers living in the North Pacific Rim: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Yukon Territory, Alberta, British Columbia, and Chukotka.

Find "Dear Facebook" on page 63 (page 65 in the document).
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