- Nov 3 North Dakota Book Festival — Ellendale Opera House
- Sept 26 ND Country Woman Awards — Heritage Center/Museum, Bismarck
- Sept 21 Invited Reading, Assumption Abbey — Richardton ND
- Sept 10 Public Reading — Ferguson Books, Bismarck
- Aug 20 Off the Shelf Book Club — Bismarck
(Footnote: I had the best time discussing poetry with the “Off the Shelf Book Club” recently. I welcome invitations to other book clubs and writer’s groups in the future.)
From the time we studied word origins in school, I’ve been fascinated with puzzling words together and the fusion of words on the printed page—their mouth-feel, their musicality, and the magic that can be created within the frame of white space. Poetry seems the perfect art form to bring it all together.
Growing up in western North Dakota, I feel deeply connected to our history, the poignant subtleties and often harsh life on the high plains and short grass prairies. Those ties to peoples, landscape, and the realities of our changing cultures and economies that make up the “New American West” creep inexorably into my writing.
Most poets hope their work carries a universal thread of humanity to readers. My goal is to speak to that shared core within others who may or may not call this place home and to show this region as much more than fly-over country. This is the heart of a continent.
My first chapbook, Destiny Manifested, was awarded the inaugural “Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Prize” by North Dakota State University (NDSU) Press and the “2019 Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite.” It’s now available from Amazon and the online store: NDSU Press/Shop Now You can also find it on Goodreads.
You can reach me dakota923 at hotmail dot com
Most of all, I love living on the edge of the Badlands.
Here, life is sweet and the sweet crude of oil production
is both sweet and crude. More on that in my chapbook.