Bookstores: Village Books

Bookstores: Village Books

— Read my books at Village Books — Village Books in Bellingham is an amazing home for books and literature in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also a place where I’ve built many fond memories and spent many wonderful afternoons. In the early 1990s,...
Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Black History Month: February won’t you celebrate with me Lucille Clifton, 1936 – 2010 won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up...
Bookstores: Powell’s in Portland

Bookstores: Powell’s in Portland

Read at Powell’s City of Books In 1990, I was new to the Pacific Northwest. Even in the hinterlands of Spokane though, where I was an undergraduate, rumors of a city of books had filtered out. So on the first Oregon roadtrip with my then-girlfriend, we stopped...
Poem: For My People

Poem: For My People

Black History Month: February For My People Margaret Walker For my people everywhere singing their slave songs      repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues  and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees humbly to...
On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

A reader on the crowd-sourcing platform Quora asked a question about how to deepen their reading practices and read beyond just mere plot. Here’s a post I made in reply that provided some hints and strategies for deepening one’s reading practice and...