Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

I’m re-launching my online presence, which includes this updated WordPress website, regular blog posts, and an enhanced, twice-monthly newsletter. The newsletter is the result of a brainstorm I had during one of my nine-hour drives between Oregon and California this fall: poetry books need more reviews! I used to review books of poems quite often, Continue reading Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

Philip K. Dick, The Exegesis, and Letters from a Dead Grandmother

One day during our most recent family vacation, my son pulled The Exegesis, by Philip K. Dick, off the shelf of a bookstore in Santa Cruz. This strange and visionary book became the unlikely diving board for my latest project, a book based on letters my maternal grandmother wrote in Germany during World War II. Continue reading Philip K. Dick, The Exegesis, and Letters from a Dead Grandmother

Art Camp for Girls Answers a Critical Need

Photo by Danny Gregory. Today I’ll talk about why we decided to make our camp just for girls.   Media Poetry Studio is designed as a female-only camp. We want the girls in our camp to be center stage, without gender-based competition. According to The Girls Middle School in Palo Alto, “girls routinely are called upon less, Continue reading Art Camp for Girls Answers a Critical Need

Summer Camp for Teen Girls Combines Poetry and Film

  When I read that high-tech companies in Silicon Valley employ vastly fewer women than men, I felt angry and disappointed, but not surprised. It takes a certain amount of fatalism to survive in a world where inequality is the norm.   My fatalism changed to enthusiasm as the result of a conversation I had Continue reading Summer Camp for Teen Girls Combines Poetry and Film

Author Interview: Lisa Francesca

    Lisa Francesca is the author of The Wedding Officiant’s Guide, How to Write and Conduct a Perfect Ceremony (Chronicle Books). With Lisa’s guidance, you will learn everything you need to make a wedding unforgettable for two people in love. Lisa delivers valuable how-to information, including advice on not being a wise guy during Continue reading Author Interview: Lisa Francesca

Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

  Why Recycle? It’s a good thing my grandmother decided not to make lamps from the spent brass shell casings she found near her cabin in the Mojave Desert, a few miles from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. She had quite a collection built up before a friend told her that some of Continue reading Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

  I own more books than I know what to do with. I trip over them, kicking them across the floor; I find them in the dust under the furniture (“so that’s where Lord of the Flies went!”) I had a Kindle for a while, thinking it would help reduce my piles of books, but Continue reading Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life