Recently Published Non-Fiction
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.

"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."

"National Day of Mourning"
In the week preceding the 2021 National Day of Mourning, we witnessed even more very specific examples, to pile on top of myriad others, of the United States' brutal and bloody legacy that the "Thanksgiving" holiday celebrates.

I explain how inequities and injustice, perpetuated by the white supremacy enshrined in the country's founding documents, continue today in "National Day of Mourning". Listed as one of the Top 20 most widely read and shared articles on The Big Smoke in 2022.

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Recently Published Poetry
"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.

"Playing with Form"
This month, Poetic Sun published three of my poems in three different forms (including my first Fibonacci poem). Read all three — "House Finches" (a Fibonacci), "Day's End" (a Shadorma), and "Grief" (a Nonet) — on page 7 (page 10 in the document) of Issue 4.

Poetic Sun is a new poetry journal, edited by Shiyang Su and Jianing Ran, publishing "poems with concrete imagery and strong emotions". The editors "like poems that surprise us and make us weep like soft children; We like beautiful music flowing in your lines."
Read Dinosaur, third place winner in the inaugural Cripendy Contest, now on The Handy, Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for disabled and neurodivergent creatives.

"Watching the Wetlands"
One of the things that kept me sane during the 13 months in which I never left my condo, was the antics of the wildlife visible outside my window. In March, shortly after my one-year quarantinaversary, a friend asked me if there had "been any interesting activity?" I converted my email response to her into the diamond shape poem, "Watching the Wetlands".

VoiceCatcher -- an online journal that supports, inspires, and empowers trans and cis women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas -- published "Watching the Wetlands" in the Spring 2021 issue.