Teaching and Speaking

Selected events:

Cascadia Field Guide reading, Powell’s Books (downtown), 27 July 2023: I joined some of the poets in reading from this fabulous volume, including Paulann Peterson and Joe Wilkins.

Reading/Performance and Book Launch, Düsseldorf, Germany: Putting our book Writing Is a Kind of Air-Resistance before the public, with help from jazz duo ContraSax. 15 July 2020.

Whidbey Island Writers Program (MFA): Three lecture sessions over three days on “The writing life.” August 2014. Here I offered the concept of “enoughness” and a way to ground ourselves in creative process that connects with actual people (not “markets”).

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology: Two-day writing workshop “The Shore Ode.” So much great poetry and prose has arisen from the simple act of walking along shorelines and rivers! We read, walk, write, and revise. Good things happen. Summer 2014.

Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, Pont Aven, France — Courses and workshops. “Writing the Artist’s Statement.” “Rimbaud, Whitman, and the Creative Self.” Spring 2011.

MRCSE Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainable Education. “Wise Elder/Sage” (their language!). Northlands College, Ashland, Wisc. July 2009.

“Stealing your Voice.” Workshop, Write on the River. Wennatchee, Wash. May 2008.

“City Limits.” Tom McCall Lecture, 1000 Friends of Oregon. Portland, Ore. 8 May 2008.

“Lacking the Subjunctive.” Oregon Association of Press Women, Annual Meeting. Gresham, Ore. 26 April 2008.

Sometimes a Great Notion, Panel Moderator, onstage discussion of Portland Center Stage production. Portland, Ore. 6 April 2008.

“City Gods and Sacred Waters.” The Other Portland: Art and Ecology in the 5th Quadrant. Portland, Ore. 9 Feb. 2007.

“Writing Portland.” Panelist, City Club of Portland. Portland, Ore. 15 December 2006.

Western Literature Association conference. Invited panelist for Plenary Session: “Queer Frontiers.” Big Sky, Mont. October 2004

City Club of Portland. “Citizen Read” book club selection and presentation. August 2004.

University of Oregon. Environmental Studies guest speaker. Eugene, Ore. May 2004.

PAMLA (regional MLA) Conference. Featured presenter: “Looking for Paradise: An evening of prose and poetry.” Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.  October 2003.

Washington State Association of Trustees – Community and Technical Colleges Annual Spring Convention.  Presentation: Environmental Education in the College Curriculum. Vancouver, Wash. May 2002.

Lewis and Clark College – Environmental Issues Symposium (October 2001)
Presentation: Creativity, Wildness, and Environmental Writing

Caldera Arts Camp. Workshop: Speaking for nature
Workshop: Parallel stories. Caldera, Ore. August 1999 and August 2000.

Clark College: Annual Poetry and Fiction Workshop.
Workshop: Metaphoring.  Vancouver, Wash. April 1999.