In the early 2000s, I was feeling like something in my life was lacking. I was in the midst of a great career as a hotel manager; a career that kept me very busy, but I still felt like something was missing. After considerable inward reflection, I realized that I had no outlet for my intense creative expression. I tried several methods of expression, including art and music. After a year or two all I had to show for it was a good deal of high school-level art, and several guitars that went unplayed. I needed something else.
I tried to tinker around with my sci-fi novel, but was frustrated because I didn’t have the attention span to write much at a sitting. I realized I had a considerable amount of personal observations that wouldn’t fit in my book, nor did they seem at home trapped within the confines of my journal. It was then when I re-considered poetry as a form of artistic expression.
I dabbled with poetry a bit in college, but the results were less than stellar. I tried again, slowly at first, and discovered that I was not only pretty good at it, but I really enjoyed writing poems. Over the next three years, I wrote over 700 poems…and stopped. I guess, at the time, I had emptied my head of poetic observances and returned my attention to writing my sci-fi book.
Knowing I had to do something with that treasure trove of poems, I picked some of my favorites and, in 2004, published my first collection entitled, Anything but Dreams. One of the most frequent comments readers of the collection had was that it was, “poems for people who don’t poetry.” People also enjoyed how I was able to take casual everyday occurrences and observances and turn them into thoughtful, artistic word forms.
On August 29, 2011, Garrison Keillor read my poem, “Riding The Red Line” on his NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac. I listen to NPR and The Writer’s Almanac every morning, so to hear one of my poems being read by Garrison Keillor, of all people, was quite an experience.
In January of 2012, I picked up the pen again (so to speak, since I write almost everything on my computer), and started writing poetry after a seven-year absence.
In December of 2012, I published Lost In Thought, a poetry collection comprised of the remainder of my unpublished poems written in the early 2000s.
I followed that collection up with Trying Not To Blink in January 2013; a book containing all 160 poems I wrote in 2012.
2014 saw the release of my 2013 collection, The Entire Universe, my largest poetry book to date with 265 selections.
In May of 2015, I released my 2014 collection, The Taborist, containing 112 poems.
2016 saw the publication of Cascadia’s Fault: 2015 Poetry Collection with 101 poems.
In 2017, my newest release, The Ocean Above: 2016 Poetry Collection with 70 poems was published.
Thank you, and enjoy!