Entries Categorized as 'poetry'

Where did you shop and what did you buy on Save a Book Day?

June 27, 2011

Saturday was “Save a Bookstore” day and I did my part. By the way, did you know Save a Bookstore Day was started by literary agent Kelly Sonnack— of the Andrea Brown Lit. Agency– who has taught workshops at San Diego Writers, Ink? Anyway I went to The Grove Bookstore in South Park San Diego […]

Brown Bag Tuesdays

June 9, 2011

Tuesday I returned (at long last!) as co-host to San Diego Writers, Ink’s Brown Bag Drop-in Writing Group. I host it every other week but had taken a leave due to my teaching schedule last semester. The premise of BB is simple: you come in, I read a prompt from my black box of prompts, […]

Summer Trips

May 19, 2011

I have just one more day of giving final exams– next Wednesday– and then my summer begins. Summer, for me, equals: finishing current draft of novel (updates to come) reading (my book list to come) movies (what’s a summer without movies?) making stuff (did I mention I’m going to take a class on how to […]

Gold Everywhere

March 22, 2011

Here are some quick updates of this past week. Finished Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. I loved the information about Egypt and Cleo and Mark Antony, but I was missing dialogue (the book is serious nonfiction). Still, Schiff impressed me with her knowledge and Cleo impressed me with her sheer tenacity. My office at home is […]


February 11, 2011

I’ve been wanting to show off one of the gifts I gave Ted for Christmas. I found this beautiful white deer at Mixture, a store in downtown San Diego that has all kinds of nifty things. It’s displayed and sold as a jewelry holder, but Ted doesn’t wear any jewelry except our wedding rings so […]

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte My mother was not impressed with her beauty; once a year she put it on like a costume, plaited her black hair, slick as cornsilk, down past her hips, in one rope-thick braid, turned it, carefully, hand over hand, and fixed it at the nape of her […]

Hemingway’s Shoes

December 3, 2010

I don’t know how I came across this– oh yes I do, I was procrastinating doing my work– but I love that someone is hawking Hemingway Shoes. Not his actual shoes, unfortunately, but shoes ‘inspired'(?) by Ernest Hemingway. The Ernest Hemingway Collection is made up mostly of loafers… Then of course I looked online for […]


July 9, 2010

Today I head out to Northeast Oregon for a writing conference and retreat at Fishtrap. I’m one of the five fellows (that sounds funny… but I mean myself and four others have a fellowship for the week)– and I’ll be taking a writing seminar/workshop/class three hours every morning with the writer of one of the […]

WS Merwin named U.S. Poet Laureate

July 1, 2010

Awesome news. WS Merwin is such a sweet, spiritual man–a Buddhist and Environmentalist– who lives in Hawaii. (pic from Univ. of Arkansas Daily Headlines). And, he’s 82! Today NPR interviewed him (click to listen) for just a couple of minutes and he read this poem, so tiny and beautiful: Separation by W. S. Merwin Your […]

Peter Orlovsky, 1933-2010

May 31, 2010

Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg 1956 My favorite postcard of all time.I think I bought it when I was about eighteen or nineteen, as a sensitive young gayboy in San Diego. Peter Orlovsky (on the right) was incredibly beautiful and also a writer, but definitely inspired some incredible poems by Ginsberg, his partner of 30 […]