Events

My first solo East Bay reading for Storm Camp is coming up Thursday, May 18, 5:30 to 7:00, at University Press Books, the great little store at 2430 Bancroft, opposite Zellerbach Hall. Note the early time.I'll read some climbing poems, of course; some environmental poems; and a couple of the ones that have earned me [...]

I'm introducing my new poetry collection, Storm Camp, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, January 23, 7:00 PM. It's at 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard next to the DMV. Next up is a March 11 appearance at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda  with fellow Sugartown poet Dale Jensen. And on March 15 [...]

My poetry discussion group at Book Passage in Corte Madera starts up again September 19, 2016,  and runs for eight Monday evenings, 7-9. We'll kick around poems and poets from Shakespeare to last week, touching on many "classics" and also some lesser known names.  The people who sign up help set our route through the [...]

Commonwealth Club podcast

Here's a clip from my July 19 appearance with Jordan Fisher-Smith at the Commonwealth Club of California. As part of the Club's ClimateOne series,  we kicked around what it can mean to "preserve nature" in our warming, human-dominated world. Yellowstone National Park  (see Jordan's new book Engineering Eden) is a case in point; Point Reyes [...]

I'll be talking on parks, farms, and climate change with fellow author Jordan Fisher-Smith at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Tuesday, July 19, 6:30. Jordan's new book, Engineering Eden, centers on the tricky and sometimes tragic course of bear management at Yellowstone; analogous struggles at Point Reyes pervade my recent title An Island [...]

My poetry discussion group at Book Passage in Corte Madera starts up again February 24, 2016  and runs for eight sessions.. We'll kick around poems and poets from Shakespeare to last week, touching on many "classics" and also some lesser known names.  The people who sign up help set our route through the world of [...]

In Johnny’s hoofprints

I'm headed to Wyoming for a week in July to trace the movements of my ancestor, cavalryman and general hell-raiser John Benton Hart, in 1865-68. He left a rich memoir of his experiences at the end of the Civil War and thereafter on the frontier. My latest article extracted from this lode appeared this spring [...]

https://vimeo.com/47527324 In August, National Parks Month, PBS stations nationwide will be showing  Rebels with a Cause, the story of how the coast just north of San Francisco was wrested from looming development to become the open space oasis it is today.  Narrated by Frances McDormand, the much-honored documentary centers on the people--the Rebels--who stepped forward [...]

Activist poets in June

On June 3 I'm reading with others at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street,  7 to 9 PM. It's their Art and Poetry Evening in conjunction with a big analysts' convention that's in town. On June 14, my colleague Bonnie Thomas launches her book Sun on the Rind, fresh from Sugartown Publishing, [...]

My poetry discussion group at Book Passage in Corte Madera starts up again March 3, 2015 and runs for eight sessions. Proceeding more or less chronologically, we kick around poems and poets from Shakespeare to last week, touching on many "classics" and also some lesser known names.  The people who sign up help set our [...]