99 Years of Poetry and Finding the Best Title

Today I attended the 99th birthday party of Brainerd poet, Maxine Russell.  What a celebration to honor Maxine and her many literary accomplishments that include several books of poetry, a biography, and a tenure as the League of Minnesota Poet Laureate.  Maxine was an early influence on my poetry, an ongoing encourager and example of […]

Kindling a Passion for Reading

My grandson asked for a Kindle for his 10th birthday yesterday–and got it. Amazing to see a young boy reading an e-book about Stink the guinea pig. He liked the way he could look up unfamiliar words and change the fonts. Like most kids, Jack loves anything technological. But Stink on Kindle? Sigh, another wake […]

Brainerd Writer’s Alliance

Brainerd Writers Alliance met Saturday morning at the Brainerd Library. Every month a different member is asked to present a short educational program. It was my turn and I shared my notes from a fall workshop given by Brian Malloy at the Pine City Writing Conference. Mr. Malloy’s theory of the five steps of a […]

BIRDIE to be published in May 2011

My publicist and I met with the good people of North Star Press yesterday to determine the best way to launch and market BIRDIE (to be released in May 2011). BIRDIE continues the story of Evan and Inga Jacobson and Ragna Larson–eleven years after the 1862 Sioux Uprising–during the start of the grasshopper plagues of […]

quilting with words

A good friend is a master quilter. Her color and design choices transform ordinary scraps of fabric into works of art. I’m envious–I’ve never been able to sew with any level of expertise. Her work speaks to the world through the beauty and symmetry of her craft. Writing resembles quilting in many ways. The words […]

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