The Poet's Garage

Thank you for visiting The Poet’s Garage website, home of my new novel, The Bridge on Beer River, the sixties road trip novel, Lucky Ride, and my poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, along with poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. You’re welcome to touch anything, but please beware of greasy words.

The Bridge on Beer River

“The characters in The Bridge on Beer River drink too much, fight for survival, and fight one another while clinging to friendship and humor.”  — Lee Kravetz, author of The Last Confessions of Sylvia P

“Written in tight, unsentimental prose, with wry, crackling dialog, The Bridge on Beer River reminds us of the value of friendship, believing in yourself, and the lure of that one big gamble that could really pay off.” — Anne Leigh Parrish, author of An Open Door

The Bridge on Beer River was published by Unsolicited Press on July 11, 2023. You can order the novel from your favorite bookstore or from the publisher HERE.

A rust belt city in decline retains the solace of romance, which often proves to be an empty promise or even a curse. With a wry perspective and unflappable determination, Curt embodies all the town’s ills, including his own problems with drinking, work, and relationships, as he tries to save himself and rescue his friends in his own unconventional and unlawful ways. In The Bridge on Beer River, a novel-in-stories set in Reagan-era Binghamton, New York, characters scramble for subsistence while hoping for love and a better life.

Many of the stories from the novel have previously appeared in literary magazines, and you can sample those versions HERE.

Lucky Ride

Maxy Award Finalist for Literary Fiction and Humor
Bookfest Second Place Award for Literary Fiction
Bookfest Third Place Award for Historical Fiction

San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention for General Fiction
Chanticleer Long List for Literary Fiction

[An] engaging tale of nomadic hippiedom . . . Flash’s journey is frightening and heartening.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

My irreverent Vietnam-era road novel, Lucky Ride, was published by Unsolicited Press on December 31, 2021. You can order the novel by clicking here. The novel is also available from most retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, and your local bookstore. Here is where you can find versions for kindle and other e-book formats. The novel is also available as an audio book.

Set in the Vietnam War era, Lucky Ride tells the story of a recent veteran, an unraveling marriage, and a hitchhiking trip steeped in hippie optimism, post-war skepticism, and drug-induced fantasy. Read more about the novel, including a review and excerpts, here.

The Poet’s Garage

Pushcart Prize Nominee

My poetry collection The Poet’s Garage is available from Unsolicited Press, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other retailers. You can also support your local bookstore by searching for them on Indiebound.

Here are Reviews of The Poet’s Garage.

The collection includes many of the poems mentioned on the Poetry page and a couple of flash flash fiction pieces, along with many new poems.

Please visit the Audio and Video page for clips of me reading several poems.

For future readings and other appearances, please visit the Events page.