My poem, “Solstice through Aperture,” wins statewide poetry contest

(scroll down to watch/read) I am struggling with this blog post. I’ve been wanting to make an important announcement for more than a month now, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. How do you announce you won an award without coming across as bragging? It’s kind of impossible. The truth is I…

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Costa and the Honeys do the Safety Dance, COVID version

The Alaska State Folk Festival was canceled this year, but weird is still alive. Wednesday, April 15, would normally mark the day that Collette Costa and her band the High Costa Livin’ would bring down the house on the Folk Fest main stage with back up dancers, Off the Hook Honeys, throwing down the moves.…

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Plum Tree Tavern literary mag shares some of their favorites

You can imagine my delight when Plumtree tavern literary magazine sent me an email to tell me that they included my poem as one of the selected favorites from the past year. And lo and behold, mine was listed first! I wrote this poem during a walk on one of the coldest, driest days of…

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about Summer

Summer teaches Spanish in Juneau, Alaska, where she lives with her commercial fisherman husband and two semi-feral children. She’s not sure how they came to be that way, but let’s just say that the pinecone never falls far from spruce tree. (Until, of course, a squirrel piece-meals it much like Summer eats a blueberry muffin.…

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If John Muir Were a Girl

At the edge of the gumdrop forest waits a door to swallow her whole deep, deeper down the rabbit hole she hopes to lose her mind or find her soul or a better way back than before. Perhaps chance upon a homeless camp tarp and dust pan, flash backs to that woman & those men…

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Tidal Echoes 2020 edition makes for the perfect quarantine reading

Oh my gosh you guys, I don’t usually talk like a valley girl, but when I do it’s because I am immensely impressed. The latest edition to come out of University of Alaska Southeast, Tidal Echoes 2020 is the most stunning literary magazine I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Leafing through the gorgeous prose…

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Love & other hard things

One out of seven jobless, Venezuela size statistics, but the Tongass is alive, listen—   the wilderness so thick, I could lean into this. No helicopters to spoil, and there’s a part of me   that likes to do hard things— like fool myself into jumping off this cliff sixty feet   into the drink,…

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Tidal Echoes virtually launches a new collection of literature & art

This year Tidal Echoes, founded by University of Alaska Southeast, virtually launched their annual showcase of literature and the art. For their first Author Poetry Reading, the magazine asked me to read my poem, “Letter to the Universe,” a poem for girls everywhere. Diane DeSloover also reads her poem about the first time she watched…

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