Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”

Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood feels both more prescient and more hopeful than “The Handmaid’s Tale“. In 1985, women’s rights seemed assured and the world described in Gilead was a strange dystopia. Sadly, Gilead seems like a real possibility...
In Memoriam: Poet Jane Mead

In Memoriam: Poet Jane Mead

I Have Been Living by Jane Mead   I have been living closer to the ocean than I thought – in a rocky cove thick with seaweed. It pulls me down when I go wading. Sometimes, to get back to land takes everything I have in me. Sometimes, to get back to land is the...
Art Tells The Truth

Art Tells The Truth

I recently helped to organize a day-long reading of the complete Mueller Report at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. A number of local theatrical artists and local elected public officials participated in the event, and it was a great success. A...
The Tempest at the Port Plaza

The Tempest at the Port Plaza

I’m a theater producer as well as a novelist and playwright. Many years ago, when I first moved to Olympia, Washington I saw a beautiful stage beside the waters of the Puget Sound, and felt that the stage needed a great  stage production of William...
In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison died August 6, 2019. One of the seminal novelists of our generation, she revolutionized literature and changed the narratives we told about slavery and the experience of being American. Here are 5 poems by Toni Morrison, courtesy of The Believer...
Book Recommendation: The Gifts We Keep

Book Recommendation: The Gifts We Keep

I had the pleasure of getting a preview of Katie Grindeland’s debut novel The Gifts We Keep, published by the student cooperative at Ooligan Press. Grindeland’s book was the winner of the 2016 Multnomah County Library Writers Project, and richly deserved...