Screen+Shot+2014-07-27+at+7.44.50+PMIt could sound braggy to say that I’m happy with critical response to my second novel STARBIRD MURPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE. But the life of a writer is full of mean days, so I’m going to live … Read More

WordsWest Literary Series in West Seattle


At Last! There’s a new Lit Series in West Seattle!

It’s called WordsWest and it is being curated by literary power houses Susan Rich, Katy E. Ellis, and Harold Taw. It will take place every third Wednesday, 7pm, Read More

Starbird Murphy BOOK CLUB BONANZA (with Club Questions!)

photo 1Maybe the greatest honor an author can receive is when readers chose her book for their book club. I say that as a long-time member of book clubs. As a book club member who once got into a ferocious … Read More

New School Year, New Poems from the 5th Grade!


As teachers and teaching artists all over the country ramp up into a new school year, its time to think about arts in the classroom and how they encourage critical thinking and creativity.

In addition to writing poetry … Read More

Starbird Murphy, KUOW, Elliott Bay, Doodles!

After readings around the Pacific Northwest, Starbird Murphy and the World Outside can be considered released. Thanks to Marcie Sillman and KUOW’s The Record for a lovely interview, available here. And thanks to Elliott Bay Book Company for having … Read More

Pre-order STARBIRD from Elliott Bay Book Company


How lucky to live in a city that values books and independent bookstores! The Elliott Bay Book Company has been in business forty years and they’ve been good to me ever since I started writing. They’ve welcomed me into their … Read More

Love for the Courage Anthology!

Our new anthology, Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls is getting a lot of love from Seattle’s arts weekly The Stranger.

The More You Know

Check out these quotes:

“Courage feels like the cool older woman who sits her little sister down, stares … Read More

My blog entry for Writers-in-the-Schools

Once again I’m teaching with Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program, this year at Lafayette Elementary School. I’ve been teaching poetry writing to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as their year-long Writer-in-Residence.

I’ve posted a blog on the WITS … Read More

Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls RELEASED!

About two years ago, I went out to breakfast with Mindy Nettifee, author of Rise of the Trust Fall, Glitter in the Blood, force behind the Write Now Poetry Society, etc, more awesome stuff, etc. 

During brunch … Read More

Lo que diría la esposa de Lot si no fuera columna de sal

I’m grateful for this Spanish version of my poem, “What Lot’s Wife Would Have Said (If She Wasn’t a Pillar of Salt)” translated by Jeremy Osner. For more of Jeremy’s tranlations check out his website.
Lo que diría

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