Seven Grand LA Friday Night Flights: Words, Whiskey & Chocolates

I'm reading at a really cool bar.

For those of you who might need a little heart-soothing around Valentine’s Day - and even those lucky enough to have love, we are offering a special Friday Night Flight with a Chocolate pairing and live poetry featuring local poets Rick Bursky and Becky Fink.

The Ococoa chocolate makers will be in the house too, don't miss this one! 
For $39, we will taste: Hakushu 12, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, and Lagavulin Distillers Edition


Intermediate Poetry Workshop

I’m teaching an online an Intermediate Poetry Workshop for UCLA Extension starting next month. If you’re interested in improving your poetry you’ll find it really helpful.

Here’s a link:

ENGL X 423.31

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

3.0 units

For those with some previous training in poetry, this intensive workshop focuses on creating work which emphasizes lyrical and innovative language, personal insight, and individual voice. In addition, you refine your knowledge of a number of the craft’s formal elements, including structure, imagery, metaphor, and pace, in order to stretch the boundaries of your creative experience. The goal is to produce work which is ambitious and resonant.


X 422.3 Introduction to Poetry Writing,

XL 133A Creative Writing: Poetry, or equivalent.

Reg# 350168

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This Is Yours, a review on the 32 Poems Blog


There's a review, I guess that's what it is, of my poem "This Is Yours" in the Contributor's Marginalia section of 32 Poems' blog.  It's written by Zeina Hashem Beck. Here's the start "“This Is Yours” is a title that immediately flirts with and involves you, the reader. And what is it, you find yourself asking, that the poem’s speaker is about to offer you? The truth, and lies, and it doesn’t matter which."

You can read it here:


32 Poems

I have a piece on 32 Poem's blog, in their Contributor's Margonalia section. Take a look:

I re-worked my website and moved it to It's not completely finished but it is up. Take a look if you get a chance.

Wish I Wrote It

Every now and then I come across a line I wish I wrote, this line by GC Waldrep is one of them. Found it in a BOA Editions tweet. I have a couple of her books, gonna go back to read them.

"Grief is a little church we don't remember / joining..."

Actually, I often come across lines of poetry I wish I wrote. I read a lot of wonderful poetry.