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The wagon wheels are turning: University of Oklahoma Press is mid-stream in publishing John Benton Hart--The Memoirs of a Civil War Cavalryman and Frontiersman.   "I have refereed quite a few manuscripts submitted for possible publication," wrote noted historian John Monnett, "but I have just finished reading the best one it has ever been my privilege [...]

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 [...]

My poetry reading and discussion group, Reading the Poets, starts up again at Book Passage in Corte Madera on March 7, seven till nine, running for eight Monday evenings thereafter. We wander through the world of English-language poetry, with some translations, never taking the same route twice. Participants help to set the course with their suggestions [...]

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 second poetry volume, Storm Camp, is on its way from Sugartown Publishing. Like its predecessor, The Climbers (Pitt Poetry Series, 1978), this collection draws a lot on my experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer--a scenery in which some readers find religious overtones. Library Journal said back then: "The tough-mindedness and technical excellence of these poems [...]

After 150 years, a new witness to some celebrated Civil War and frontier events steps forward. In the 1920s, my great-grandfather John Benton Hart dictated memories of fighting Confederates in Missouri in 1864 and Indians in Wyoming in 1865, followed by adventures along the ill-starred Bozeman Trail to Montana. "Johnny's" lively accounts amplify a sparse record, sometimes [...]

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 [...]

Last winter Estuary News offered "a gnarly assignment": to write a sort of guidebook to the labyrinth of plans and agencies devoted to the health of San Francisco Bay and its inseparable  twin, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  Two Hearts Beating Not Quite as One appears in the June issue. Fifty years after the first [...]

Activist Poets in Wales

There's a nice feature on the Activist poets (working in the tradition of my father Lawrence Hart) in  the Summer/Fall issue of Seventh Quarry, an international poetry journal based in Swansea, Wales. That's Dylan Thomas country, as editor Peter Thabit Jones proudly points out. The set includes poems by Jon Miller, Pat Nelson, Fred Ostrander,  [...]

On July 10, 2015, President Obama proclaimed a National Monument along a hundred miles of  rugged Coast Range ridges west of Sacramento, California.Two weeks later, much of the new monument was engulfed in the flames of the Wragg and Rocky Fires. I wrote about this captivating landscape before the designation and the fires (High Country [...]