Cupertino Poet Laureate – 2018-2019

  It’s official! I’ve been named the 2018-2019 Poet Laureate for the City of Cupertino! I’m excited and honored to serve in this position for the next two years, and I look forward to the opportunities this will bring to meet community members and explore the power of poetry together.

Pondering Poetry: A questioning exercise (that may result in a poem!)

I like using the tag line “pondering poetry” because pondering is often how a poem forms: I sit (or walk or swim or run), asking myself questions about something or another (or sometimes¬†both something and another). When I answer the question, I try to think my answers in images. In other words, if I as…

From the Bookshelf: Habits of the Creative Mind

Habits of the Creative Mind (HCM) is written to be used as a college textbook, however it is not a typical college-level writing textbook by any stretch of the imagination and can (and should) be used by a wider audience. This new book (published in 2016) is based on five core principles: (1) writing is…

When the World Ends: Or, I Need a New Computer

The Death of My Dell (To skip to the “best laptops for writers” information, scroll to the end.) It was the 2015-2016 academic year. I was finishing my MFA program (no biggie), launching a platform, winning NaNoWriMo, writing my thesis, planning and organizing a remodel/addition project in the SF Bay Area (from Maryland), dealing with…

Fueling the Fires

When your work involves being creative, it can be hard to come up with new ideas day after day, hour after hour. To maintain a creative life, you need to feed your creativity. Visit new places, look at new works of art, eavesdrop on new conversations, read new books/articles/posts, try your hand at a new…

An Exercise in Perspective

One of the best things about being writers is that we get to play with reality. When we craft fiction, poetry, and even creative nonfiction, we can bend and twist the boundaries of our identity, the identities of our speakers and characters, and even the world around us. Of course, there are varying degrees of…