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Monday, July 11, 2016

Bear with Me

I'm getting ready for my trip to Alaska, my artist-in-residency at Denali National Park and Preserve from August 9 - 19. If you happen to be in the vicinity, I'll be doing an outreach program open to the public about strategies for nature writing on August 18, from 3:00 pm. Please come and join us if you can.

Along with reading about Alaska and the park, here's something I've been doing to prepare for the trip: watching this brown bear cam in Katmai National Park in Alaska (nowhere near Denali, but lots of fun). The salmon are swimming upstream, and the bears are there to take advantage. So far, our family has watched mothers and cubs, seen mating, and fighting, along with regular feeding behavior. And there are bears almost at any time we check, up to nine bears at once. Give it a try! It's quite addictive.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Relief Map

My poem The Relief Map Fails to Relieve, included in the latest issue of the Valparaiso Poetry Review, took a little longer to place than others have taken. I really believe in this poem, and was so gratified when editor Edward Byrne did too.

I love VPR every issue, and this one is no exception. Byrne's eagle eye also found terrific poems by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Veronica Kornberg, Susan Terris, Athena Kildegaard, Carol V. Davis, and others. If you are in need of a poetic treat, this is the place to satisfy your craving.