“The Crossing” new poem in Split Rock Review.

This poem is drawn from my childhood growing up near Minneapolis, so I’m excited to see it appear in a Minnesota journal! The link below includes an audio file. I recently read “The Crossing” before a jazz band at the San Francisco Writers Festival, which was great fun, so when you listen to the audio you can imagine a slow, bluesy jazz progression in the background.


Setting up my website–some notes that might be helpful to others

My website was surprisingly easy to set up in WordPress. I found some excellent “how to” instructions from Jane Friedman on the web, and WordPress has a number of free templates that already have built in menus and pages. I chose “Penscratch 2” because I liked the clean look. I bought a WordPress plan because it includes hosting, which for me is much easier than self-hosting, and there are no ads and plenty of storage. I have a premium plan (about $96/year), but a personal plan (about $48/year) would probably work just as well for me.

Here are the how-to links I mentioned:

The Friedman articles have other useful links.

There are many options for website design, tools and hosting, of course, but this approach worked for me.