The Spider and the Fly Bio ‘Microcosm of the city’: Garfield High principal navigates racial divide Growing Up in a Killing Culture Growing Up Behind Bars

Just Words

“The Spider and the Fly” went into a bar …

It’s a whole different thing when readers hear you read your work. A writer reading aloud is giving a performance, offering an audience something different from what they’d get reading to themselves. Thanks to Vito’s in Seattle for providing the atmospherics for Lit Crawl’s “Crime and Punishment” reading. Thanks also to memoirist Suzanne Morrison, author of “Yoga Bitch” […]

Making My Peace with the Past

News that serial killer Kendall Francois, 43, died last week in a maximum security New York prison left me floundering in a strange wash of emotions, an unlikely mixture of sadness and relief. A lonely time in my past ended with his death, a memory that has haunted me ever since I ended our correspondence […]

Trust Granted

Great news, everyone! I am pleased to announce that Artist Trust, a revered non-profit organization supporting creative work in Washington State, has honored my writing with a 2013 GAP Award (Grant for Artist Project). This grant supports completion of The Spider and The Fly, my manuscript about the years I spent in conversation with serial […]

Missing the Point. Again.

Many thanks to WSU Tri-Cities for inviting me to speak about “The New Front Page,” my talk on the changes in journalism and what they mean for all of us. My Oct. 17 discussion, sponsored by Humanities Washington, generated some sparks when Gregg McConnell, publisher of the local Tri-City Herald, stood up to castigate me […]

News Shmews: A journalist confronts reader apathy

I’ve spent the past twenty-five years interviewing teenage gangsters, pimps and victims of child abuse. At New York’s Attica prison, I sat elbow-to-thigh with a serial killer who enjoyed sharing his pornographic fantasies. Yet it was a 20-year-old college student from Eastern Washington who truly chilled me. She was a short, chubby girl, politely explaining […]