Only Flying

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Only Flying is a collection of surreal free verse and prose poetry that celebrates transformation and paradox, exploring both the silence of the seeker and the outrageous wilderness of the imagination. Thematic threads like rebellion, enlightenment, risk, courage, love, loss, and triumph dance to life with pictures that swing from dark to light, surreal to whimsical, and strange to familiar. There are intimate goddesses here, black widows, buddhas, alley cats, a kangaroo, and magic pants—blacklight-blue Hendrix flares that hang from a fire escape, just waiting for the right person to jump up and steal them. That person is you.

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“The Homes of Birds” wins Colorado Hearts and Minds Poetry Contest

I’m excited to share that my narrative poem, “The Homes of Birds,” was a first-round winner in the 2022 Colorado Hearts and Minds Poetry Contest, a statewide competition that featured entries from 46 different counties. The poem, originally published in 2020 in the anthology A Walk with Nature, also won the 2020 nature writing contest at A Story in 100 Words and is featured on the Nearby Universe website here.

“It Takes More Sparrows” and “Just a Story” in Lamplit Underground Magazine

I’m so proud to have these two surreal pieces in the new issue of Lamplit Underground Magazine! One is the true story of a dream I had last year that I would die by gunshot; the other, a poem, imagines ten thousand sparrows flying with strings on their necks, carrying a piano closer to home. I didn’t think of either of them as protest pieces, but in this collection, at this moment, they feel that way. Read them here: Lamplit Underground Vol. 7: Burial at Sea