50 Books I’ve Loved (in no particular order)

1.  Browngirl, Brownstones – Paule Marshall 2.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith 3.  Segu – Maryse Conde 4.  The Secret of Gumbo Grove – Eleanora Tate 5.  No Easy Place To Be – Steven Corbin 6.  Long Distance Life – Marita Golden 7.  Sweet Whispers Brother Rush – Virginia Hamilton 8.  Assata [...]

My Vivid Imagination Paints You, Instead, Grey

Why, yes, another poem! **curtsies** This is from a chapbook-on-hard-drive known as Invitations Not To Be Denied.  I'll show it to y'all one of these days, but for now... MY VIVID IMAGINATION PAINTS YOU, INSTEAD, GREY Your breath in the morning—sour milk like a baby we knew would never happen but dreamt library cards and [...]


I have the opportunity to travel to Denver, NYC, L.A. and Paris in the next two (2!) months to present my creative work and I couldn't be more excited or anxious--like anxiety anxious but in a good way-- and of course humbled.  I can't go to all the conferences not only because three of the [...]

Start Here

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White (1952) I had to read this novel as a kid and of course, we watched the movie on the big projector in the school gym as the capstone to the unit.  Those were the good old days.  If you've never read the young adult novel, it's worth your afternoon.   [...]

Monthly Meter: November

fellowship/publication submissions: 3  fellowship/publication acceptances: 0 fellowship/publication rejections: 5 (+1 we don't like the rest of this s*?@ but we think we're kinda feeling this one piece.  Let us check it out a li'l longer. Yeah, it's a new kind of rejection for me too--or is it an acceptance?  I'm going with acceptance, like a  [...]

Monthly Meter: October

fellowship/publication submissions: 0 fellowship/publication acceptances: 0 fellowship/publication rejections: 2 books: 0 Secret Shame: 1.  This month's meter.  2.  My truck is still dingy and the tires need air. Mantra of the Moment: All things are in perfect order.

There was no title

...and in October of 2002 when I wrote it, I can assure you that this man did not exist (erehem, in this form). So why is this not-so-great snippet worth a mention? Well, from at least 1998-2000 (the MFA years) I was mostly strictly and defiantly autobiographical in my writing. My thesis advisor (bless the [...]

Monthly Meter: September

fellowship/publication submissions: 9 fellowship/publication acceptances: 1 fellowship/publication rejections: 4 books: The Art of the Poetic Line - James Longenbach The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz Secret Shame: Diana's Bananas--they look a little lewd (or maybe that's just my Freudian foolishness) but they taste so good! And my dingy truck--when did I become one of [...]

Monthly Meter: August

fellowship/publication submissions: 8 fellowship/publication acceptances: 0 fellowship/publication rejections: 3 books: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man - James Weldon Johnson *Coming Home - Stacy Hawkins Adams Jonestown: A Vexation - Carmen Gillepsie The Onliest One Alive - Catherine (Hyacinth) Thrash as told to Marian K. Towne *Kindred - Octavia Butler Secret Shame:  1.  Popcorn for [...]