The October Country

The October Country

“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars,...
Poem: New Year

Poem: New Year

Rosh Hashanah – Sept 29 thru Oct 1, 2019 published in Twig, Seattle Washington new year. Ned Hayes   Rosh Hashanah comes this year on a day of cool wind, a breathtaking portent of winter taking the world, rude lover tossing the sheets away. in autumn the...
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...