Long Gone & Lost: True Fictions & other lies
is my first published book length work of fiction. Told in vignettes, it follows one immigrant family’s lives through three generations in an ever-changing Texas that, as the title suggests, exists only in the smoky landscape of fading memories. (It also served as my final thesis project for the U of H-Victoria’s MFA in creative writing program.)
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” . . . tearsangerhatreds despised
sometimes I’m glad I can’t see
my little girl’s eyes
till, my little girl
and I can’t
even call her—
my little girl”
A poem, published in Alchemy, a literary magazine published by the creative writing and graphic design students of Portland Community College’s Division of English and World Languages, under the guidance of W. Vandoren Wheeler. Portalnd, OR: Ash Creek Press, 2018. pp 88-89.
“The Alchemy 2018 editors would like to congratulate you on the acceptance of your poem “Why You (Dis)sin?” for our publication. We are excited to work on this thought-provoking piece. Thank you for allowing us to publish it.”
(After as many rejections as I’d gotten before this, I didn’t know what to do…)
A poem, published in Rise, the inaugural edition of Havik, a newly branded literary anthology published by Las Positas College’s Department of English. Edited by Jennifer Snook et al. Livermore, CA: Folger Graphics, 2018. p. 142.
“I remember a boy / clumsy, cotton-topped / following that old man / around, every-where / hat stuffed with newspapers / hulking, over-sized . . . “
“. . . maybe
go by . . . the savior
don’t you think?
(But) don’t forget
you got so
& that applies
Hipster Jesus, too . . .”
“. . . Even as kids, you sense its mortality. Summer’s about gone. By then, you’re full-on summer grooving. None of that amateur crap like in June. Plus, you know your days are numbered. You wanna make it count. You’re a bit more adventurous, a bit more courageous . . . “
Cold Summer Showers
River ice jamstuck bridgebent, bang
He boards his jeep
then engines it alive with a twist
the big clattering tit
& rather than
as we all thought he might
he sat there
contemplating his poopec …
“Mr. Man Candy”
A work of short fiction/audio interpretation of the story, found in “Bluestem Magazine,” published by Eastern Illinois University’s English Department. Edited by Olga Abella, et al, in Charleston, IL: BluestemMagazine.com, May 2018.
“Winds of Change: A 75 year history of the Texas Farm Bureau”
A pictorial history of the organization’s roots in the Lone Star State that I authored and edited in 2008, during the bureau’s 75th annual meeting held in Corpus Christi that year. The book included a 15-minute complementary video (later featured on the bureau’s national weekly TV programming on the RFD-TV Network) and printed in ultra condensed versions within the pages of the flagship publication Texas Agriculture and the quarterly rural lifestyles magazine Texas Neighbors.
Conversations with Louise Erdrich & Michael Dorris
by Allan and Nancy Feyl Chavkin, Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 1994. Working as Allan Chavkin’s teaching and editorial research assistant for all four years of my undergraduate studies, I helped transcribe and copyedit interviews that the Chavkins conducted with Erdrich and Dorris, who were not only among the premiere Native American writers of their day, but also a collaborative husband and wife writing team.
Being in the World: An Environmental Reader for Writers
by Scott Slovic and Terrell Dixon. New York: Prentice Hall, 1993.
As Scott Slovic’s editorial assistant in 1990 and 1991, I obtained permissions for each of the writings contained in the anthology, one of the first scholarly collections to group and identify these particular writers–essayists and naturalists, mostly as nature writers or writers of environmental literature, a field still in its infancy then. I later helped copy edit proof sheets.