Love, romance, and tango shine a glittering light through this month that can be so dismal in northern latitudes. For the fourth year in a row, I plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day (and my husband’s birthday) dancing at Portland’s Valentango 2020 festival. To share the love, I’m giving away copies of my book, From Here […]

Among all the disasters and tragedies afflicting our world, the fires in Australia bring me to tears, my cherished memories of places half-a-world away now overlaid with videos of exploding eucalyptus forests, desperate firefighters, and animals with their paws burnt off. If you haven’t heard the gruesome statistics, ecologists based at the university of Sydney […]

In this time of political madness, nothing is more soothing to me than to take refuge in one of our Central Oregon independent bookstores. We’re rich in this region with Roundabout Books in Bend’s NW Crossing, Dudley’s in downtown Bend, Herringbone in Redmond, and Paulina Springs in Sisters. I have enormous respect and gratitude for […]

Fiction writers, story weavers, dream for everyone. A person not allowed to dream gradually goes mad; a world without dreams would be unlivable. We need dreams of beauty and love and kindness, humor, excitement, and mystery––even nightmares––to thrive. As a writer, I dream into the concurrence of the beautiful and the terrible, how it’s possible […]

My friend, Krayna Castelbaum, and I both write. I produce novels with hundreds of pages, Krayna, poems, sometimes only a few words, all the more precious for the books she makes to share them. With her own creative alchemy, Krayna transforms tea bags––yes, tea bags––into magical embodied poems, words inseparable from the substance of their pages. Holding one […]

Virtual reality, algorithms, blockchain, metadata, going wide, artificial intelligence and machine learning––doesn’t sound like the lineup for an authors’ conference, does it? Maybe not ten years ago, or even five, but if you stand still, WHOOSH, you’ll see the world changing so fast the faces blur. I recently spent a spring weekend at the Chanticleer Authors’ […]