Recently Published Non-Fiction
Primary Ballot Review: Washington County Commission
The election to chair the Washington County Board of Commissioners pits two women who both identify as "progressive" against each other, but ...

The incumbent has ruffled many feathers, including her former chief of staff who the county paid $80,000 to avoid a lawsuit. But, the challenger believes building new freeways should be considered an option in addressing traffic concerns and has been endorsed by numerous business organizations and police.

May 3 PDX.Vote published my reporting on the two women, plus a look at the candidates for District 2.

I explain who gets my vote for chair, and why, on my blog.

"Cozcacuauhtli: Protester Facing Incarceration for Dancing"
A year ago, hundreds of MAGAts, Qultists, and other racist sycophants of the grifter, rapist, narcissistic pedophile who spent four years in the White House mobbed the United States Capitol building in a failed coup attempt. From the progress of the cases against them, fewer than half of the rioters culpable in beating a cop who died the next day, driving four others to suicide, and terrorizing members of Congress will spend time in jail. Instead, at most, they'll receive probation, house detention, small fines, and community service sentences.

But in Portland, Cozcacuauhtli faces years of incarceration for Danza Azteca and displaying piñatas, candles, balloons, and red dresses in memory of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls outside the ICE building in Southwest Portland. I tell Cozcacuauhtli's story on The Big Smoke.

The Big Smoke is "a capital city for the 21st century in America. We're all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they'll love."

"Searching for Identity:
Finding Words"
Words have always been my stock in trade -- for more than four decades publishers of every ilk paid me to write articles, editorials, reviews, advertising copy, marketing materials, poetry, fiction, personal essays, etc. But, until very recently, I never found any to describe my own gender identity.

My essay about "Searching for Identity: Finding Words" placed third in the 2021 RCWMS Essay Contest, which asked writers to "focus on the theme of identity and belonging." You can now read "Searching for Identity: Finding Words" in the Winter issue of South of the Garden.

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, "committed to supporting women as they find their voices and make them heard", weaves "feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world."

Recently Published Poetry
"Tide Pool"
My haiku, "Tide Pool", inspired by a visit to the Oregon coast, leads the 2022 Parks & Points & Poetry Micropoems page.

Created by Amy Beth and Derek Wright, Parks & Points & Poetry publishes personal essays and poetry about national parks and other public lands.

"The Cost of Staying Alive
and That Hurts"
Two of my poems about surviving with chronic illness/pain appeared recently on The Handy Uncapped Pen, a community for disabled and neurodivergent writers and other creatives.

"The Cost of Staying Alive", describing how expensive it is to survive as a brittle, insulin-dependent diabetic, was published on April 8 and That Hurts, triggered by a former, obnoxious, touchy-feely mayor, was published February 11.
"Hailstorm"
Read my haiku, "Hailstorm", in the tranquility-themed Winter 2022 Issue of MockingHeart Review.

An online literary journal, MockingHeart Review publishes poems that express the complexities of the human heart in clear, precise, lyrical language.

"Normal Life",
"Essential Services",
and "Times that Try"
The winter issue of The BeZine, with the theme of Life of the Spirit and Healing, includes three of my poems about Life in the Time of Covid. "Normal Life" and "Essential Services" first appeared in Local Gems Press' CHAOS: The Poetry Vortex, published in August 2020, and "Times that Try" debuted in the Indie Blu(e) anthology As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad, published in November 2020.

It's discouraging how little has changed.

A quarterly online arts-humanities-literary zine, The BeZine publishes work on the themes of peace, sustainability, and social justice.