October 2022

View from my office, St. Olaf College

This update follows months of transition. From remote living back to in-person activities and teaching, from prairie to mountains back to prairie, and now summer turning to fall. I’m not the kind of gardener who covers the tomatoes and mums and marigolds to prolong them. I admire that care and dedication. But, I just let go, like the woods and the prairie, even though the morning after a killing frost is hard to face. Brown edges and dull colors. Then neighbors are out stringing lights, and a different sense of day and night and color emerges.

Through these transitions, some new poems and essays are making their way. I’m grateful to journal and book editors who have weathered surges in submissions, backlogs, canceled readings, delayed printing, and overall disruption.

The Fall Anniversary Issue of Stirring is now available, including my poem “Small Bones.” The features and artwork are stunning. Please take a look.

Bellevue Literary Review‘s issue 43 just arrived from the printers, and I’m to looking forward to reading. This journal feels like a welcoming home to me as my interests and research move more into a blend of humanities, art, and science. My essay, “What Anna Ludwig Saw,” looks into the history of xrays in context of my treatment for a broken hand.

Later this fall, another essay and new poems are forthcoming. Please check back. Here’s to transitions, letting go, and discovering what remains.