Art – regardless of form or genre – has the potential to awaken us to our own humanity and to our place in the world. More than joy and beauty, more than sensory pleasure and satisfaction, the practice and presence of art can offer redemption in the face of almost irredeemable sorrow.

I have worked to evolve a coherent view of the world, a map to guide myself with as few obscuring detours as possible as I put one foot in front of the other.

I’ve spent my life — so far — making art and poetry, loving libraries and books, thinking about Buddhist philosophy, and building houses. Whatever happens, I keep going.

I work as a poet, artist, and poetry editor. My seven books are the continuation of my 40-year career as a visual artist. I write in English and Spanish and occasionally in Japanese. In recent years I have been the founding editor and co-publisher of Red Mountain Press.