Come down to the White Squirrel Bar in Saint Paul, MN on Wednesday, January 31, for poetry and a great time! 7:00 pm. Free!


July 6

Just announced: A reading on July 20 at the Anoka County Library in Blaine, MN. See the Readings & Events page for details about past and upcoming readings.

April 11

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library have posted written interviews with each of the Minnesota Book Awards finalists in poetry on their blog. See mine here.

April 10

I was able to talk to Cathy Wurzer on Minnesota Public Radio about Real Work and to talk about my love for poetry during National Poetry Month. We ran out of time for me to read a favorite poem but here is a recording of my reading Gerard Manley Hopkins's "Inversnaid."

February 16

I am newly listed in the Minnesota Writers Directory!

January 28

Real Work is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in poetry. Winner to be announced at the awards ceremony on May 2.


December 27

January may still seem far away but this event is coming up:

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis. With Peter Campion and Connie Wanek. 7:00 pm. In-person event. Free and open to the public; however, the bookstore requests you register to reserve a seat.

November 10

Tomorrow is the official Real Work book launch reading and party! With Briam Baumgart and Donna Isaac. Friday, November 11, 7:00 pm at Eat My Words Bookstore in Minneapolis.

October 4

I will be at the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday, October 15, from 1:30 to 2:00. I will be at the Nodin Press booth and will have copies of Real Work available.

October 1

Real Work is at the press and you can find out more about the book at Itasca Books.

September 5

Real Work is on track to appear in mid-November.

August 16

Just confirmed: I will be reading at Duluth Public Library on Friday, November 18, at 2:00. This is an in-person event but I hope to videorecord it and post the video afterwards.

February 28

My debut poetry collection, Real Work, will be published by Nodin Press in fall of 2022.


November 9

After being posted from April, the reading "Home (Finding, Leaving, Reimagining)," with Stanley Kusunoki, Sagirah Shahid, and Bryan Thao Worra took place on November 9. The event was osted by the Saint Cloud State University Creative Writing Department. 

April 26

The reading for tonight is cancelled but not cancelled: We will reschedule for fall 2021 with the same lineup and hope you will join us. New date TBD. Please check back for updates!

April 12

Please note that the poetry reading originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, April 26. Please hold space for Duante Wright and his family. Please do whatever you can to create equity and justice in this country.

April 9

My interview with Irish poet Paula Meehan will be republished in the 25th anniversary issue of New Hibernia Review.

March 20

Recently announced: I have organized a poetry reading, hosted by Saint Cloud State University, in honor of National Poetry Month. The date is April 12 and the details on my Readings page. Free and open to the public!

February 12

Three new poems now appear in The Wild Word, based in Berlin. The team does really lovely work.


April 6

My chapbook, Fish & Wildlife, is still in print and available from me at readings or from Finishing Line Press.

You can order online. Finishing Line Press also accepts orders by mail with a check or money order. 

April 1

Though literary readings are on hold throughout the Twin Cities, this spring I have two poems forthcoming in print: "Whetstone," in Cottonwood, and "Where Rivers Meet," in Blueline. Dates TBD.


May 20

My poem "The Fox" has gone live. Go to Up North Lit's Spring 2019 issue for text and audio of the poem. Up North has been a pleasure to work with.

April 29

I have now read my poetry in three different states, thanks to the editors of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Anthology and the UntitledTown Literary Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I will have to stay longer in Green Bay next time I go.

March 31

While I prefer to support small presses and Fish & Wildlife is available directly from Finishing Line Press, my chapbook is also available on Amazon.


November 16

I have been awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for 2019. This is my first Arts Board grant. I will work on completing my book-length manuscript and seeking publishers for it and also plan public readings in both the Twin Cities and Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

September 30

Not only do I have a newly published poem in the beautiful journal Split Rock Review. I am in the Contributor Spotlight this week. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to write about how a poem came to be and have it published. There is an audio recording of me reading as well. I hope you enjoy my poem "Driftless."

July 7

I am thrilled to have a reading coming up in my home town, at my favorite bookstore from my youth. Please join me at Grass Roots Books and Music in Corvallis, Oregon if you are in the area on August 30, 2018.

June 1

My chapbook, Fish & Wildlife, is now in print and available from me or Finishing Line Press.

You can order online. Finishing Line Press also accepts orders by mail with a check or money order. 

If you prefer to order by mail, download and fill out this order form.

This is, as the title suggests, a book of nature poems, but not poems that romanticize or sentimentalize nature. There is a fierceness to them, and moments of fear and awe as well as of beauty.

More broadly, I consider this collection to be about What Is Worth Saving in our world, especially during this time of overturning of environmental regulations and shrinking of national parks and other public lands.