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New book of selected poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, translated into Arabic by Saleh Razzouk:












I'm happy to announce the publication of a brand-new collaborative project I participted in with the painter James Stewart ( and the bookbinder Susan Frakes (  We've combined our resources to produce  beautiful hand-sewn book of three poems and 16 drawings. Susan is binding them together, and we will present the self-produced book at various venues, exhibiting the paintings, reading the poems, and discussing the collaborative process.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring such a presentation, feel free to contact me! Here are some images from the project:










And here's proof Susan is creating more!


Chautauqua Writers Center

Poetry Workshop

June 25-July 7

I'll be teaching a poetry workshop: "Writing Where We Are: Poems Inspired by Place"



June 7, 2016

Poetry Reading (with Toi Derricote, Richard St. John, and Patricia Wesley)

Hemingway's Poetry Series

Hemingway's Cafe  3911 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh

Chautauqua Writer's Festival

June 2-5, 2016

I'll be co-directing this phenomenal writer's festival at the glorious Chautauqua Institution































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