I am honored to have served as a commissioned writer for the McKenzie River Trust's Willamette Confluence property in Western Oregon, as part of the Writing the Land Project. See below, for the poem-video (Writing the Land, 2023) produced for this project.
Writing the Land also publishes wonderful anthologies containing profiles of land trusts/conservancies with associated poetry for lands across the United States. This year, poets Kristin Berger, Brittany Corrigan, and I each wrote for different lands within the McKenzie River Trust's holdings. I wrote for the Willamette Confluence, where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette meet.
For more info about the Willamette Confluence and McKenzie River Trust, see: https://mckenzieriver.org/property/willamette-confluence/
I value the solitude, community of artists, and exposure to landscapes that residencies provide. The Great Basin in particular has had a powerful effect on my writing, as I’ve been traversing it for close to forty years, first as a ski racer in my teens traveling to events across the West, then as a geography student and eventually a professional land use planner working with small towns in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and beyond.
As a writer, over the years, I have been a fortunate recipient of multiple residencies with Playa at Summer Lake in Oregon’s Great Basin country. I’ll return this March to work on my next full length book of poems, which is expected to publish in 2020 thanks to the fine people at Salmon Poetry. I also hope to use the time to explore an idea for a nonfiction project that has been on my mind for a long time and should draw on my experience as a small-town planner and artist.
Thank you for reading, and happy trails.
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New! Link to Dec 13, 2017 Reading.
Thank you, reviewer Mary Cisper and publisher Simmons Buntin, for this insightful and thought-provoking review of The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems. Please click on Terrain.org, or the above link, for the review, and please support this fine journal!
Thank you all, for the successful 2016-17 reading tour!
Stay tuned for more events in the Fall of 2017 and 2018.
April 18, Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Scot Siegel and Paulann Petersen
Lake Oswego Library
National Poetry Month, Honoring William Stafford
May 21, Sunday at 7:00 pm (workshop 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm)
Scot Siegel and Ann Tweedy
Book Tree Bookstore
609 Market St.
Kirkland, WA 98033
May 23, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Vancouver Barnes & Noble
Vancouver Plaza 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662
////////Past Events /////////
Feb. 13, 2017. Thursday at 7:00 pm
Pendleton Center for the Arts - First Draft Writers' Series
214 N. Main
Pendleton, OR 97801
Oct. 27, Thursday at 7:00 pm
Four Chambers Literary Series
The Coronado, Phx
2201 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Oct. 28, 2016, Friday at 5:30 pm
Hosted by: Terrain.org.
Sponsored by UofA English Dept. & Institute for the Environment
Earth & Environmental Science Bldg., Rm S225
1177 E. Fourth St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Aug 14., 2016, Sunday at 7:00 pm
With Steve Williams
Stonehenge Studio - Studio Series
3508 SW Corbett Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Sept. 15, 2016, Thursday at 7:00 pm
Broadway Books - Comma Series
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
October 16, 2016, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Peregrine Literary Series
Mary's Woods-Holy Names Heritage Center
17425 Holy Names Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Nov. 28, 2016, Monday at 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers
Reedville Presbyterian Church
2785 SW 209th Ave
Aloha, OR 97124
Oct. 10, 2016. Monday at 7:00 pm
Grass Roots Bookstore
227 SW Second St.