What Am I Doing Here?
Howdy. I'm a writer, poetry & prose, in Pittsburgh, PA, a great hometown. I live
in this building
— on the flats in Pittsburgh's historic South Side. You'll find a short official bio & writing credits
here, my listing at Poets & Writers.
" from The Fourth River (April 7, 2021).
" from Sampsonia Way "Poem of the Week" (March 24, 2021).
Photograph in TIME, 1985
" from Vox Populi (December 10, 2020); first published in
" from The Fourth River (2018).
Salem Hill Hymn Sing
" from Vox Populi (2015).
one of my poems, published by
Hunger Mountain (2010)
The Painter Francis Bacon Plays Mountain Music
Three others that have appeared in journals.
Some Book Reviews & Other Prose:
A Hammer not a Mirror, A Discussion with Anne Feeney & Utah Phillips, Vox Populi (February 17, 2021); first published in
Against Walls|John le Carré (1931-2020), Vox Populi (January 10, 2021).
Bob Dylan’s Ballads of Murder, Drowning & Other Songs of Love, Vox Populi (October 18, 2020).
Rain-Father of Narcissism & the Inner Tyrant: Remembering Tony Hoagland (1953-2018), Vox Populi (July 24, 2020), originally published in Rain Taxi, vol. 24, no. 2 (Summer 2019, print edition).
What Shirt Color is Left: Fado, Salazar, Pessoa, and Saramago; A Report from Lisbon’s DIS/QUIET Literary Program, Rain Taxi Online Edition Winter 2019/2020.
The Art of Voice BOOK REVIEW: Poetic Principles and Practice by Tony Hoagland with Kay Cosgrove, Rain Taxi Online Edition Summer 2019.
Father Ted & Voting Rights, Vox Populi (June 5, 2019).
Appreciating Tony Hoagland (1953-2018) — Notes on "America", Vox Populi, (March 9, 2019).
Notes from the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (Tyehimba Jess, Sharon Olds et al.), Vox Populi, (Feb. 10, 2019).
The Wages of Fracking, BOOK REVIEW: Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold, Vox Populi, (Jan. 18, 2019).
Faith, Poetry and James Baldwin: Prague Writer's Festival 2017, Vox Populi, (Nov. 30, 2017).
Pittsburgh’s Thousands March: Science, not Silent Spring, The New People, (June 1, 2017).
Conflict-Zone Blogger Judith Torrea at COA,
Pittsburgh City Paper Blog, (March 20, 2015).
City of Asylum Jazz Poetry, Under the Big Top, Pittsburgh City Paper Blog, (Sept. 8, 2014).
All You Do Is Perceive, by Joy Katz, Pittsburgh City Paper (Jan. 2, 2014).
Hemming the Water, by Yona Harvey, Pittsburgh City Paper (June 26, 2013).
The Switching/ Yard, by Jan Beatty, Pittsburgh City Paper (April 17, 2013).
The Children, by Paula Bohince, Pittsburgh City Paper (July 11, 2012).
The Torah Garden, by Phil Terman, Pittsburgh City Paper (Jan. 25, 2012).
The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems by Robert Hass, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (April 30, 2010).
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, by Tony Hoagland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 11, 2010).
Strong is Your Hold, by Galway Kinnell, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 1, 2007).
District and Circle, by Seamus Heaney, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Oct. 8, 2006).
What Narcissism Means to Me, by Tony Hoagland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jan. 11, 2004).
Bodies That Hum, by Beth Gylys, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (August 15, 1999).
Brief essay in homage to Allen Ginsberg, In Pittsburgh (April 17, 1997).
Nail that Catfish to a Tree: Rethinking Square Dancing, from In Pittsburgh (Feb. 20, 1997).
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