A lot of people know me as the writer & artist behind StoryPeople. Which has been quite a ride. With thousands of stories & prints created over the years (or maybe because of all that) it made it pretty easy to write the 13 books I published at StoryPeople Press. Two of them were even nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry which was kind of a fun side benefit.
There’ve also been other books along the way, like my collaboration with photographer Lorne Resnick, “Cuba: This moment, Exactly So”. (This one turned out to be the winner of three independent book awards. See what happens when you just keep writing & making art?)
& now, there’s this whole new adventure of A Hundred Ways North. To those of you who know me, it’s actually not much of a leap to see how I’m moving into the creativity & life workshops that I’m doing with Fia. Or to see how my writing is changing. All of it has a simplicity & clarity that’s informed by loving the world (which is something that seems to come with the territory of how I see things).
& a bit more…
Born in Iowa, raised in Chicago, I went to Luther College for my BA in Theater and English. Later on, after I figured out what I really wanted to do (HA!) I got my MFA in Fiber and Mixed Media from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area of California. Fibre? you say. I thought you told stories. Well, if you must know, I’d answer, my degree is in Stories As The Fibre of Human Community. (Notice how that’s all in caps because Stories are a Very Important Thing in my world.
That said, my real education came from being in the world: short order cooking at Denny’s, apprenticing with a French chef in Chicago, running operations at a high-fashion mannequin factory in L.A., doing contract archaeology in the summer heat, dabbling as a tennis pro after college, writing plays for a small theatre company in Minnesota. I speak six languages, with my favorites being the Romance languages (not surprisingly) & that gave me an excuse to travel all over the world, so I could…umm…practice. Yeah. That’s it.
I’ve lived for longer chunks of time in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota & California. Even though we’re in Iowa at the moment, somehow I keep being pulled West. (Just so you know, Fia has that same pull, so don’t be at all surprised when you find out we’re somewhere entirely new in the very near future…)