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Atlas & Alice, again!

Online literary journals come and go. Beginning with fierce intent and clear vision, some fold before, or just after, the first issue is published. Glamorous from the outside, like owning a restaurant, perhaps, the issue-after-issue grind of details and timelines and personalities often turn out to be more than the founders bargained for, to say nothing of the pay.

While online journals don’t have the long history of print journals (or, often, the resources of university or foundation support), they offer a nimble counterpoint to print, publishing work that may be technically challenging or experimental before print journals can do so. When an online journal sticks around through all the challenges, it’s evidence of faith and grit and a sense of humor. Atlas & Alice has been around since 2013. They published my visual poems in 2015, again in 2021, and today Atlas & Alice is featuring one of my Emily poems on their website and on Twitter. I salute Benjamin Woodard and his editorial team and am honored to be included in their enduring vision.

Green Ink Poetry

on view at the Skagit Poetry Festival

This past weekend, for the first time in four years, the (normally biennial) Skagit River Poetry Festival brought together poets and poetry-lovers from around the region and around the world. In a series of panels and readings, participants get an intensive dose of poetry shared in a wide array of voices.

The La Conner, Washington, festival supports the work of the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, which provides instruction in poetry to teachers and students and brings high school students to the festival from school districts in Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. The first four sessions of panels and readings are for students, and the remaining events open to the public.

I was honored to be a presenter on five panels along with some truly stellar poets, and to exhibit my found poems alongside the stunning work of poet/photographer Lorraine Healy on the walls of Maple Hall, where the festival’s large gatherings are held.

The next Skagit River Poetry Festival is slated for 2024. Watch for it.

Corridor again!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a new zine, Corridor, which had published two of my found poems. Now Volume 7, the new edition of Corridor, has hit the coffee shops and other gathering places throughout the county. I’m grateful to be part of it.

The Journal of Radical Wonder

Turtle Island Quarterly

Many publications popping up at once… and I’m not complaining. My poem “If nothing holds, then begin anew” has just been published in issue 23 of Turtle Island Quarterly. Thank you to editor David Bogue and TIQ!

petrichor, again

Honored to be published for the third time in petrichor, now in issue 20 and previously in issues 5 and 15. (As a reminder, petrichor is that unique aroma of rain hitting dry ground.) Thanks, petrichor!


Dispatches from Quarantine

Some things just take a while. I submitted two poems to the online journal Dispatches from Quarantine back in February 2021. “The evolution, April” and “Surge” were published this week as Dispatch #081. Big thanks to Alexandra Kostoulas for seeing it through.


Impostor: A Poetry Journal has published one of my found poems in Volume 2, Issue 2, page 6. Always an honor to be selected. Big thanks to the editors, L.M. Camiolo and Coral O’Leary.

Aromatica Poetica, again

The online journal Aromatica Poetica, which celebrates the oft-neglected senses of smell and taste, has just featured five of my visual poems of scent. Another five were featured in April 2020. I’m so grateful to editor M. Leona Godin and her team at Aromatica Poetica for selecting and featuring my work.


Arteidolia, again

After publishing a batch of my found poems back in March, the editor encouraged me to submit to the special section, swifts & s l o w s. I did, and now five more found poems are published. Thanks so much to Randee Silv and Arteidolia!

Memorial Day

This cloth

This folding and refolding of clouds, this rippled quilt of sea
pulled to shore and away — this is not the work of a god I believe in,
only a cinematic trick, a way to speak of the unfathomable,
distract eye and heart from bodies bloodied and fallen
in a synagogue, at a concert — oh any place bodies can huddle
in a moment’s hope or grief. The cloth of us ripped and frayed,
every thread torn from itself, warp from weft. And still,
here is what we do: collect the threads, pick the strands of light
from darkness, hold the gnarled ball in open palms to gather
our tears and then, slow as autumn’s night absorbs light,
we begin to weave.

. . . . .

weaving by J.I. Kleinberg, “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” named for a poem by Dylan Thomas

poem by J.I. Kleinberg published in Clementine Unbound, February 2019


Peter Miller Books reminds you: there are just a few days left to see orchestrated light in the gallery. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm Pacific, with an extra hour (til 6:00pm) on First Thursday, June 2.

Peter Miller Books is located on S. Post Alley in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Call for details or directions: (206) 441-4114.

The show’s final day is Friday, June 3, 2022, and I’d be honored if you’d have a look before it’s gone.

opening night

Well, if yesterday’s interview with Paul Nelson wasn’t enough, here, finally, is the video of my talk at the opening celebration of my exhibit at Peter Miller Books.

I am very grateful to Luther Allen for steady hands behind the camera, and to Peter Miller and his team, Lillie and Casey. Unfortunately, Peter’s lovely opening remarks and my on-screen gratitude did not make it into the video.

Thanks for watching. The show remains on view through May, so I hope you’ll have a chance to see it!


A prolific poet, essayist, author, workshop leader, event maker, and founder/organizer of the annual Poetry Postcard Fest, among other things, Paul E. Nelson has conducted more than 600 interviews “with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure… & many others.”

In connection with my exhibit at Peter Miller Books and my long-time participation in the Postcard Fest, Paul invited me to be an interviewee. I am exceedingly honored to find myself among such luminaries. More on our conversation and a link to the (22-minute) video here.

a few pix…

Ended up with not a lot of photos from the two evenings of openings, but, in spite of 68,000 Sounders fans flocking to the stadium three blocks away one night and pretty miserable weather the other, they were wonderful events.

I am enormously grateful to Peter Miller and his resourceful crew, Lillie and Casey, and to Luther Allen, without whom none of the work would be on the walls (and for many other reasons). YouTube video link coming soonish.

Thanks, too, to my many dear friends who came from far and near, and to the affectionate support from family, friends, and community. And, of course, to the people behind the red dots (indicating a sale).

orchestrated light will remain on view through May 2022, Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm PDT. Please come by, bring friends, and allow time to browse in the bookstore. Peter Miller Books is on S. Post Alley between Main and Jackson in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

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