Author: Poetry and Fiction
While an undergraduate, I had two minors: english and sociology. This was my attempt at remaining human while studying the inhumane nature of experimental design. As much as I love and admire B.F. Skinner, I too had to embrace Walt Whitman to save myself. But before Whitman there was Robert Frost. He was the beginning. The attraction didn't last long, but it left me wanting more. Even though I moved on rather quickly into Whitman and Roethke, it was the cadence and language of Frost that caught me off guard. One must acknowledge where they came from in order to appreciate where they are going.
My book was self-published. I made no attempt to seek out a publisher. It was an homage to my father and my sister, but also a nod to Whitman himself. He had the courage and moxy to self-publish. I would never put myself at his level in any way, but it made me feel good to do it. Whitman published Leaves of Grass to change America. I published Each Morning to deal with my grief. It was written in honor of my father and my sister after they passed away.
I enjoy poetry and read it as much as possible. It mostly is done in the morning. I reread the works I know the best. I reread them to keep myself in the right state of mind. I need them close to me. I need the process as much as I need the work.
In regards to fiction, my poison is the short story (novella). I treat this as I do my paintings. I have no use for others categorizing my work. I have had a few editors tell me where I should publish and how I should write, but I didn't take it well. I prefer to talk to other artists. I feel comfort in the company of creatives. I prefer workshops and artist groups.
My favorite writer is Edgar Allan Poe. I also enjoy the works of Tony Hillerman and Ernest Hemingway. I came upon Hillerman's work as my first attempt at a novel fell apart. My infatuation with Native American folklore got me in trouble while in a creative writing class my junior year. Tony Hillerman made it seem approachable. At the time, I realized what I wanted to do and what I could do were far apart, so I left it alone.
My evolution went from the following: Robert Frost, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Theodore Roethke, Flannery O'Connor, HP Lovecraft, and Tony Hillerman.
It took time for me to gather the courage to publish my work again. I am entering the arena one more time.
My latest published work came this past fall in 2016 in the NAMI Advocate Fall issue.