Do you want to write and publish poetry, articles in magazines, newspapers, newsletters, company and trade publications, columns, non-fiction books, or any other genre? Then, this blog will give you a lot of practical instruction, ideas, and reading enjoyment. No matter what your background, level of education, or profession, you can write! You can! You can experience the joy and rewards of the good life of writing. You can be respected by friends and family alike for your skills.
This blog is instructional for authors, creative writers, journalists, publishers, and poets, both beginning and experienced. They will learn the how-to’s of writing/marketing through hundreds of posts. Topics include: book publishing; publicity/networking for writers; feature/column/news writing; appreciating and writing poetry including short Japanese-style forms; nurturing creativity; and general wordsmithing. The site also features interviews with authors and The Daily Haiku.
I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 44 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs.
I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad.
The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 42 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan venues and cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide.
I have also authored Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu.
Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer’s Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores.
I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have been nominated and listed in “The International Authors and Writers Who’s Who” in Cambridge, England and in the “Who’s Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada.”
My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 102 clients in 18 states.
I have won thirty-six awards for my poetry. I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, kyoka, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet.
My poetry has been translated into Japanese, Turkish, French, Polish, Russian and Korean. I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries,
art centers, and galleries.
My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, restaurants, botanic gardens, and on public transit. I’ve been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, “Poetry Beat,” on public broadcasting for two years.
My poetry has been featured on library web sites, such as those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University’s Mann Library.
In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing.
I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, publicity, journalism, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups. I also give “writing for publication” and poetry workshops at national writer’s conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities.
There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers’ and publishers’ organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am the organization’s Second Vice President.
You may click on my “Bio and Books” page to see photos of my books.