Me and my great (really great) nephew Aiden Hakanson. His mom Jenni took the photo.

I’m a writer and filmmaker and make my home in Port Townsend, Washington, on the coast of the Salish Sea. My stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Rattle, The Sun, Willow Springs, Orion, Crab Orchard Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other publications. A collection of my poems, Long Way Through Ruin, was published by Blue Begonia Press.

I teach writing workshops at the Writer’s Workshoppe, in Port Townsend, and elsewhere. For many years I earned my keep as a freelance writer for foundations, universities, and nonprofit community organizations, and still occasionally accept freelance jobs.

I’ve directed and produced documentary films, including Take This Heart, a feature-length film about four young boys in foster care, broadcast on PBS and awarded the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism. No Place Like Home, a film about a ten-year-old girl who lives with her family in hotels and homeless shelters in Seattle, was broadcast nationally on the public television series P.O.V. The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival and won film festival awards in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Now, when I’m not at my desk, I’m apt to be found in my garden, a place that keeps me unreasonably sane and happy. The tall firs keep me upright, and I walk through the garden bowing to the hellebores and the evening grosbeaks. They offer me all the glory they possess.