I live in a semi-rural part of Pennsylvania. I'm interested in critiquing others' poetry in my areas of interest (formal, nature, political and regional poetry) and in having others with similar interests critique my own poetry.
I've spent a career in journalism and corporate communications. I've written my first novel (environmental fiction) and will begin my second soon. Looking to connect with other writers.
I'm an outdoor writer and environmental journalist. I'm a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and teach a graduate class in environmental journalism at Dartmouth College. I also administer the Robert Traver Fly Fishing Writing Award for the John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing.
I've published two books about fly fishing. The Confluence is a group memoir co-written with six lifelong friends from college. Storied Waters is a narrative about a six-week trip to fly fish in waters made famous in literature and art. I write a monthly column called The Sporting Environment for the Maine Sportsman magazine.
My current project is a departure from outdoor writing and environmental issues (mostly). As of April 2021, I am finishing the first draft of a historical novel called Papscanee about the Dutch colony of Rensselaerswyck in the Hudson River valley during the 1640s near present day Albany. As my first foray into fiction, I am looking for feedback on my storytelling, characters and dialogue. I also want to depict the Native American characters and culture with respect and accuracy, overcoming the strong European colonial and religious bias in the historical record.
My goal is to bring this fascinating period of American history alive to a wider audience. The novel includes fictional and historical characters and imagines the daily lives and interactions between the Dutch colonists and the Mohawk and Mohican Indians amidst actual events based on the documented records of the period (1640s). The two protagonists are Annatje, a young Dutch woman, who becomes friends and trading partners with Capachick, a young Mohican man. Annatje and her husband Jacobus are farmers and fur traders near Papscanee Island. After a flood kills their neighbors, Annatje and Jacobus adopt their friends' orphan children and move their family from their farm to Beverwyck (later Albany) to build an inn and tavern. Historical Dutch characters include Kiliean van Rensselaer, Arendt van Curler, Adriaen van der Donck, Willem Kieft, Peter Stuyvesant and Brant van Slichtenhorst. Historical Indian characters include Papsikenekas, Skiwias (Aepjen), Canaqueese and Agheroense.
I anticipate writing a sequel about Beverwyck in the 1650s and 1660s.
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I'm just starting out as a writer. I'm balancing my time between my career, family, personal aspirations and doing what liberates my soul... writing.
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