Great news: I won first prize in the Open Mic poetry contest at the Auburn Literary Fest in August! Here's a link to an article about it in the Auburn Reporter.
Since the Auburn Lit Fest marked the debut of my chapbook "The Quiet Year," it was nice to have such a good crowd for the reading. The judges were Marjorie Rommel, poet laureate of Auburn; David Horowitz of Rose Alley Press; and Robert Lashley, Seattle poet who won this year's Stranger Genius Award.
I also did a book arts demo...well, three demos, at the Two Ponies booth. It was a really great festival, with some fantastic authors and readers. I felt honored to be a part of it.
Here's a video of an artist book I started working on for the festival; I am still working on it.