G.G. Andrews interviewed me for her series Writers Who Read. I’m honored, of course, and excited. Thinking about what I read and why has me thinking about books I read over and over. Besides Jack London, I think it’s Richard Hugo whose poems and essays I keep close at hand. I turn to The Triggering Town once a month, at least. I wish I had met Richard Hugo. He died before I had read a word he’d ever written–when I was three. But the way he speaks, with humility and assuredness, reminds me what I want to strive to be. How I want to speak. I spent some time living with Quakers at Olney Friends School, teaching and working on the farm. At their best, they have those same qualities. Richard Hugo and Quakers. There you go.
I’m taking Discontinued Township Roads to the Midwest to do some readings in Ohio and Indiana for National Poetry Month. On April 19th, I’ll read at Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio at 8:00 PM. On April 22nd at 7:00 I’ll read in Loveland, Ohio hosted by the Loveland Arts Council at 529 Main Avenue. Then, on Friday, april 25th I’ll be in Indiana in my home county! Reading at 7:00 at the Putnam County Public Library–at that one there will be a bar and live music by Ron Dye and Anthony Mullins to follow.