"This spot where you sit is your own spot. It is this very spot and in
this very moment that you can become enlightened. You don't have to
sit beneath a special tree in a distant land."
Thich Nhat Hanh, monk, poet, and peace activist
I am honored to represent poetry in a state that has shaped my artistic vision in so
many ways and given me such a wealth of subjects to explore. During my two-year
term as Laureate, I look forward to traveling the length and breadth of Indiana as I
promote Hoosier poets and encourage the writing and reading of poems in a variety
of settings, such as schools, parks, libraries, senior and veteran centers, and historic
If you'd like for me to visit your public organization to present a poetry reading or
writing workshop, please contact me through email or my facebook page. To learn
about upcoming poetry programs check My Calendar and Facebook.
Next Indiana Campfire
At Prophetstown State Park
This year Indiana Humanities is sponsoring a number of conversations about the connections between literature and the land at parks and preserves throughout Indiana. On Friday, August 5, I'm honored to be leading a Next Indiana Campfire at Prophetstown, the site of Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa's historic village. I will read poems by or about Native American experience as we walk beautiful prairie trails. Later, at our campfire meal, we'll have a conversation inspired by reading the words of Native Americans. Click here for more information and to register.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Spirit of the Dunes:
A Poetry Reading
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dunes, please join me and the Indiana Writers’ Consortium’s Stream Line
Literary Reading Series for an evening of
poetry! The event, which will include
featured readings by Edward Byrne,
Jennifer Hurley, Kirk Robinson, and Shari Wagner; an environmental poetry open mic; refreshments; and a book signing; is
dedicated to Alice Gray or “Diana of the
Dunes.” The reading is free and open to
the public. 6:30 – 8 PM, Paul H. Douglas
Center for Environmental Education, 100
North Lake Street., Gary, IN
Poetry Prompt: Along a Trail
Please send me a poem inspired by what you discover along a trail. It might be a trail through a forest, wetland, prairie, small town, or city. You might write about a path you once took with a parent, friend, or group of people, such as birders or scouts. You might write about a path you take for the first time as a result of this prompt. Although the poem takes place on a trail, it might actually be about a person or relationship. Your poem might recreate a moment or tell a story. As you compose your poem, use details that appeal to the senses and choose strong verbs. Include at least one simile or metaphor. End with a vivid image. Please limit your poem to no longer than 15 lines.
I'll post some of the poems I receive on this website. Email your poem to me with your name and Indiana county. This invitation is for poets of all ages!
Poems from Last Month's Prompt
Go to Your Poems to read submissions from the "Once More to the Lake" prompt. This month's poets include: Dan Carpenter (Marion County); former Indiana Poet Laureate, Norbert Krapf (Marion County); Paul McAfee (Allen County), Pat Kopanda (Jasper County), Cassie Caylor (Wells County); and collaborative poems composed by members of my Fort Harrison State Park poetry workshops.
Arts in the Parks Poet-In-Residence
Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park
With prompts & models, I'll help you get started on a poem inspired by this beautiful park or offer feedback for any poem about the park that you've already started. Scheduling a poetry conversation or hike is as easy as emailing me or sending me a message through my Facebook page!
A Celebration of Poetry Inspired by Fort Ben!
You're invited to join me in reading poems inspired by the history and beauty of this state park. Or just come to listen. It's not necessary to have attended one of my workshops in order to share a poem. Along with poetry, there will be live music inspired by the park and refreshments. Please help spread the word!
2-3:30 PM, Camp Glen Building 701 (across from the Visitors Center)
Gene Stratton-Porter's Chautauqua
At Wildflower Woods in Rome City
I'm excited to be presenting a program on the porch of the Gene Stratton-Porter Home on Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 AM. I'll be reading some of my poems and talking about how Porter's life and writings about nature have inspired me. At 11:30, my friend from high school and grade school, Vickie Fuller-Kibellus, will present a fully costumed presentation about Gene Stratton-Porter’s extraordinary life. She will talk about her love of nature and career as one of America’s most successful authors. Click here for more information about the day's events.
"How glorious this outdoor life is--
how good life feels and tastes and smells
down close to the great elemental things;
this blazing fire, with the white brilliance
in the west, just one star (Venus or Jupiter?)
high up in the southeast, the dull white
snow patches in the hollow and on
the southern slopes, and the snow-flecks
brown of the western slope, and the light
gone for writing and the time
come for supper."
Alice Gray, "Diana of the Dunes,"
Chicago Herald and Examiner,
June 6, 1918
In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the Indiana Arts Commission asked me to write a poem celebrating the arts in Indiana, a piece that became this beautifully photographed video. Grace Milligan, the State Champion for Poetry Out Loud, reads my poem. Original music was composed by Timothy Carlos. Think Ahead Studios in Indianapolis produced the video.