#MARTYRMIRRORS: A VISUAL POETRY SERIES

As a writer and artist I strive to keep growing in new ways. I have recently been experimenting with blackout / visual poetry / mixed-media, the result being #MARTYRMIRRORS: a homage to my Radical Anabaptist ancestors  based on the text "Martyrs Mirror".

This series will eventually be online & a possible eBook / chapbook later!
First look:



Birthday Bard! πŸŽ‰

42 laps around the sun today! Photo below in the Spring issue of RFD Magazine (along with Afterglow a love poem!) - on it's way to subscribers now!


Dispatch from Hawaii #20: Puna πŸŒ‹





Dispatch from Hawaii #19: Our Town

Below: Attending the recent Hilo Player's theater production of OUR TOWN, the first time in 3 decades that Thorton Wilder's classic play has been performed in Hawaii!

With Professor Willard (Lowden Borgens) 



Also, in theater news The Amish Heritage Foundation's Torah Bontrager will be giving a talk Feb. 27th at the Philadelphia Theatre Company production of the Amish themed play Everything is Wonderful!


Dispatch from Hawaii #18: Off-grid 🌿

Mahalo nui loa to all for your comments and messages! I'm still off-grid, connecting with the aΔ«na and the majesty of the island! Photos of kava ('awa), my drink of choice:




Dispatch from Hawaii #17: Goat With The Flow ⛺ πŸπŸŒ‹

As I recently posted on Insta I am happy to spend some time off-grid, connecting with the aΔ«na and the majesty of the Big Island!

What better way to celebrate my birthday?

 (SUPPORT FARMERS!)






Happy Birthday Lord Byron!

Here's an arty 2012 clip of my reading Byron's 'Roving'. You can find tribute readings to several poets including Cavafy and Edward Field on the Poetry page!

The #GayAmishPodcast

THANK YOU to everyone that has tuned in to my #GayAmishPodcast so far - and I'm only 2 episodes in! I am looking at the stats and am thrilled to see so many plays! Dialogue is so important for our community.


The Gay Amish Podcast is now available via:
APPLE PODCASTS

RADIO PUBLIC

SPOTIFY

POCKETCASTS

BREAKER

GOOGLE PODCASTS

PODCHASER

OVERCAST

New episodes out soon! Episode #5: Amish #AmericanDirt now available!

VOLCANO! πŸŒ‹


I watched the brilliant documentary film Into the Inferno recently which delves into the mythology of volcanoes. Since moving to Puna, Hawaii nearly 3 years ago and living through the Leilani Estates eruption in 2018, I have developed a love and interest in all things volcanic. Note: at the moment the volcanoes here on the Big Island are asleep.

The recent  Taal eruption has garnered a lot of media attention however it is important to remember that there are about 20 active volcanoes erupting at any given day around the world.

FROM PAHOA WITH LAVA 4 CO-STARS! 

I appear in the Na Leo TV documentary film From Pahoa with Lava 4 discussing the eruption, Punatic has several volcano themed poems and I released a Kindle e-book Volcano Suite:

KALAPANA MEDITATION

"Only a Pompeii and a Herculaneum were needed at the foot of KΔ«lauea to make the story of the eruption immortal." - Mark Twain, "Roughing It"

We hike over the miles of moonlit lava rocks, to the base of the volcano, the glowing crater above us. What are the odds of a girl from Brazil, Australia, California and a queer ex-Amish poet gathering at the Kalapana lava flow?
Nambe sings a spiritual song about creation and giving thanks. Molten lava flows around and beneath us, bursting through rocks and spilling into the rainy night.
On the way back I fall, Pele kissing me as a "kumu" later tells me. I carry a scar beneath my eye today.
We get lost on the way back, wandering for hours over the onyx landscape. A flashlight beams at us suddenly. 
"I'm Nate the Great from Wisconsin but at the moment I'm not so great - I'm lost."
Nate the Great from Wisconsin joins our caravan as does a couple whose cell phones guide us to the road, well after midnight. 
Nambe holds my hand the entire way. Nate is reunited with his friends and we walk the road back together.

Back to the moments at the flow, huddled near the lava's warmth against the cold rain. Back to Nambe's song. Back to the fiery streams.
I sit by the girls, watching the embers glow. The moonlight is gone, with only the alchemy of Pele...


Kalapana lava flow (December 1, 2017)

When you live in the Ring of Fire volcanoes are never far from your mind. I follow #volcanowatch on social media and tune in religiously to a volcano podcast

What do volcanoes mean to you? 

Chances are nothing but Into the Inferno reminds us how we are interlinked to the most primal force of nature on the planet! 

The New Verse News: Ways of the World


THE NEW VERSE NEWS has published my new Amish themed anti-war poem "Ways of the World", read it here

End of An Era 🏳️‍🌈


As I recently tweeted out it feels like the end of an era and it is the end of the decade. In 2010 I had my first poem published in an anthology, was a fixture on the Michigan slam circuit and about to publish my first poetry collection.

So for the first time in 10 years I have NO books, anthologies, chapbooks, readings or any other project in the works nor plan to. If you're an artist / poet / writer you go through gestation periods and that is where I'm at: beginning a new chapter in my life and looking forward to a much needed social media / blogging break! In the meantime, please buy books to feed me!

Here are a few highlights from the past (near) decade:

LAST NIGHT A DRAG QUEEN SAVED MY LIFE (2010):


THE LITERARY PARTY: GROWING UP GAY AND AMISH IN AMERICA (2011):


AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE (2012):



DIVERSITY RULES MAGAZINE (2013):


MARCHING FOR LGBT AMISH (2014):


QDA: A QUEER DISABILITY ANTHOLOGY (2015):


SECULAR, SATIRICAL & SACRED MEDITATIONS (2016):


FROM AMISH TO ALOHA (2017):


"PUNATIC" POEM PUBLISHED (2018):


PUNATIC (2019):