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Before the Snow MoonThanks for dropping by. I’m a poet and writer who’s rattled by our apparent disregard for the “fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.” That’s Aldo Leopold’s definition of land, as laid out in his clarion call to get over ourselves as the only living things on earth that matter: A Sand County Almanac. I was the child who headed to the lake or into the woods with a bag of books and notebooks. Land and the water that turns it into watersheds remain inexhaustible sources of inspiration.

But I’m also the adult who’s happy to visit—online—the drawings of a young Irish artist whose work I discovered at one of my favorite bookstores, or to click through to a friend’s newly published poem. That sort of immediate access to another kind of inspiration can be breathtaking for those of us who grew up without computers.

Fresh WaterReading and writing, especially the creative kind, liberate our imaginations from what-is and nudge us—or shove us—toward what-could-be. In these times, imagination, so long as it is coupled with a land ethic, seems more important than ever.

I’m based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but seem to live all across the southern Lower Peninsula these days, a dispersion that is probably unsustainable.

Click here for more about me, here for interviews, here for my blog, and here to listen to a reading I gave when Before the Snow Moon was published.

News & Events

Eco Book Club at Literati Bookstore

Please join me Monday, January 29, at 7 pm, for a discussion of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams at Literati Bookstore, at 124 E. Washington St., in [...]

Make the Great Lakes Great Again

August 12, 2017, Petoskey, Michigan, time to be announced Make the Great Lakes Great Again: Alison Swan, Jerry Dennis, Thomas Lynch, and Keith Taylor Carnegie Library Building 500 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, Michigan Join [...]

Eco Book Club

Monday, July 24, 2017, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan E c o  B o o k  C l u b: Discussion of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan, led [...]

My Blog

On ignoring the news for a minute

A couple of days ago, I was the fortunate recipient of a songbird's wakeup call. Our family calendar and the texting app on my phone had my full attention, but not ten feet away on the [...]

Thank goodness for bookstores

Look what I stumbled upon today at Literati Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, a little reminder of what fear can cause and why we need to be vigilant. "When we're afraid, we lose all sense of [...]

Garden as Artist’s Studio, Workshop as Garden

Much as I embrace No Attachment (and I have posted little signs above my desk that remind me of that), I feel that writing poems, indeed making art of any kind, demands abundance and wholeheartedness. And [...]