Poetry & Timing & Luck & Stars & Gratitude

A dear friend still wants me to tell her the time I was born so that she can do my reading. I hate to avoid the question, but I avoid all things hocus-pocus. This is weird for a life-long relatively devout Catholic to say, I know. Hocus-pocus is essential to our...

Starting with a Line from Patti Smith

(The Year of the Monkey, Bloomsbury Pub.) In the center of February — or was it March? I cannot tell from this vantage point, but it was the middle point of a month, a segment of time that can seem rather long depending on what you are waiting for: an exam result, a...

That’s Life

No, I’m not crying because I’m waiting for my own spinal tap results. I don’t cling to life that much. But I know he does. Most people I know have a Velcro-like attraction to life as if we didn’t know this is all temporary. Maybe we...
We Did It!  MFA.

We Did It! MFA.

On Thursday, June 11, Jaclyn Costik and I, defended our manuscripts, “And Otherwise Defective,” and “Kadenz,” respectively.  A few hours later, we held a virtual public reading. Well over 50 people attended the reading via Zoom and participated in the Q&A at...

Time to Revisit Pittsburgh

Compared to my first residency, I returned to Pittsburgh this time feeling more confident that I knew what I was doing. The agenda was packed and I was determined to get the most out of each day. Once A Mentor, Always A Mentor I got to work this semester in a very...
It Was Time (to go back to Dublin)

It Was Time (to go back to Dublin)

I flew across the Atlantic for the first time in 2000 to run the Dublin Marathon on October 30th.2000.  I went again in 2011 with close friends from Pittsburgh, whom I met on that trip.  It was there, at an American Bar Association conference that a CLE seminar...