backstory

When asked, I tell most people I’m a writer, but more than anything, I’ve always been an observer and thinker who developed the habit of writing down thoughts related to those bits of life I take the time to notice.

I grew up on an old-fashioned family farm in the middle of Kansas, but now I live in Portland, Oregon, where I spend a great deal of my time farming my front yard. I do that partly to produce food for our meals (I try to eat something from the yard every day) and partly because there is little in life that brings me more pleasure than planting seeds and watching them grow.

I live with and love a good woman… creative, driven, helpful… who anchors me in this life lest, lost in thought, I drift into some other. For that… and so many other reasons… I am deeply grateful to her.

But getting back to writing, which is why this website exists at all, I should say that I’ve always written. When I was very young, it was letters. I had pen pals galore. I loved writing letters, but I especially loved getting letters back.

During high school, as my letter writing began to fade (sadly), I made a new discovery… a life-changing discovery… poetry. And in that brief eternity of illumination, standing at the doorway opened by a few unassuming lines from Sidney Lanier, I fell. Perhaps into love, but certainly into myself. And my fall picked up speed during college. I fell into poetry with my whole heart and mind and spirit. My attempt to live a poetic life consumed me… almost literally. But eventually I recovered enough to make it through school… studying creative writing.

After college I got a job as a business writer to pay for my life and my family. By now, I think I have written in virtually every format used by American business, from speeches to scripts to brochures and magazines to interactive media. I don’t know if that’s good or not, but it was interesting, enabled me to travel extensively, and forced me to become versatile and learn to meet deadlines.

More recently, I have renewed my relationship with more personally fulfilling writing… and with daydreaming. As one might expect, the roots of my effort are not visible, but some of the fruit can be found on this website. I am happy to be writing, which is fortunate, because I can’t seem to stop it from happening.

Highlights & Awards

Conference Director: 2016 Willamette Writers Conference

First Place – Poetry: Theme Category – Oregon Poetry Association, Fall 2015 Poetry Contest

Communications Director: Willamette Writers Board of Directors

Poetry Editor: The Timberline Review

Blogger – Oregon Agriculture: Mother Earth News Website

Non-Fiction Book: Planting A Future: Profiles from Oregon’s New Farm Movement / Yulan Studio 2014

Non-Fiction Book: Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners from Oregon’s Wine Country / History Press 2013

Semi-Finalist – Screenwriting: Willamette Writers FilmLab

Second Place – Poetry: Kay Snow Writing Contest

Best of Portland Screening – Screenwriting: 48-Hour Film Project

Third Place – Screenplay: Kay Snow Writing Contest

Poetry Collection: Repairing Shattered Glass / Yulan Studio 2010

First Place – Poetry: William Herbert Carruth Memorial Poetry Competition