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GRATITUDE DIARY
POEMS
available  fall 2024

 

I am excited my first poetry book,

GRATITUDE DIARY,

is making its way into the world.

 

My entire working life, I have been writing on assignment;

GRATITUDE DIARY (Main Street Rag)

is the first book I assigned myself.

 

As the previewers would tell you,

the title can be misleading because

the book addresses how hard the work of living can be.

Organized by the ten stanzas of a poem by the same name,

the entries progress through themes of loss,

redemption,

and illumination.

 


At this point, most of my focus is on producing poetry; however, even at my age I am considered an emerging poet, and it's a way of living, not an actual living. To that end, you'll find me writing and editing for educational publishing outlets and clocking in as a part-time reporter for Courthouse News Service. As for interests, they tend to dovetail. I belong to a number of writing and study groups. I am a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Freelancers Union, League of Women Voters, and Academy of Poets, in addition to the Authors Guild. My volunteer work includes helping young writers and supporting the arts.

Thanks to the following journals, anthologies, and venues and their editors, readers, and producers for giving these poems a way into the world:

 

 

CALIFORNIA FIRE & WATER: A CLIMATE CRISIS ANTHOLOGY

"How to Read the Summer Sky"

CATAMARAN

"Projection" (Honorable Mention for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, National League of American Pen Women)

COFFEE-HOUSE POETRY

"Secret Baptism" (Commended for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize)

COMSTOCK REVIEW

"Now Appearing"

CRAB CREEK REVIEW

'"Filmishmish" (Semifinalist for the Crab Creek Poetry Prize)

FOUR STRING COLLABORATION: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY 

"Storms Offshore"

MONTEREY POETRY REVIEW

"The Glimpse"

MUDFISH LITERARY JOURNAL

"The Movement of Clouds in Terrestrial Hours"

ODDBALL MAGAZINE

"Harbinger"

PHREN-Z

"Outside, Inside"

"She Leaves"

"Spoon"

"Tell Us about the War, and Love, Miss Dickinson: The Dead Poet's Exclusive Interview with NPR"

"Through Knotted Pine Walls"

"Toast"

POETRY NORTHWEST

"Here, in" (Finalist James Welch Poetry Prize)

PORTER GULCH REVIEW

"To Find Meaning" (Winner Best Poetry Submission)

PUBLIC POETRY: HABITS; THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY

"Gratitude Diary"

RATTLE

"Spring"

RED WHEELBARROW

"The Birds" (Semifinalist for the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize)

RIVER HERON REVIEW

"Bodies of Water" (Finalist for River Heron Review Poetry Prize)

SAN DIEGO POETRY ANNUAL
"Animals" (Honorable Mention for the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize)

"Cheating on Henry Miller" (Honorable Mention for the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize)

SCHUYKILL VALLEY JOURNAL

"All the Rooms"

SCRIBBLER

"tl;dr (too long didn't read)"

SLAB

"End of Day" 

"We Once"

SLEET MAGAZINE          

"Disembodied"

SOUTHERN HUMANITIES REVIEW

"Body" (Finalist for the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize)

SPILLWAY 29

"To a Dear Friend in a Year of Losses"

SPLIT ROCK REVIEW

"Transplants" (Nominated for the Orison Anthology)

STONECOAST REVIEW

"The Fruit"

SYNKRONICITI

"Broken Skies"

"Languishing"

"Return of Coyote"
TAR RIVER POETRY

"The Fair Condition of the World"

THE JOURNAL OF UNDISCOVERED POETS

"Where Would We Be Without Blue"

THE RAVENSPERCH

"In Turn"

"Report from a Coastal Patio"

WEST TRESTLE REVIEW

"Infinitely Stranger"
WHAT ROUGH BEAST

"Blame the Moon"

WHITE STAGE PUBLISHING: AERATION

"Body Count"

"Evidence"

"What the Months Have Taught"

WHITE STAGE PUBLISHING: GROUNDING EARTH

"Bear Hunt"

"Bearings"

"Next Planet"

WRITTEN HERE AND THERE: THE COMMUNITY OF WRITERS POETRY REVIEW 2021

"Associating with Roadkill" 

ZOETIC PRESS: NONBINARY REVIEW

"Preserving Lemons"