Battling Entropy

Battling Entropy

I don’t think too many authors get to say this: My first evening as writer-in-residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House was spent handing out treats to Star Wars characters, angels and demons, princesses and overlords—and the odd caterpillar or two. The perfect match...
Poetry Blanked MadLib

Poetry Blanked MadLib

No matter how quiet, every good poem has a gregarious underside where it kvetches, confers, and canoodles with a great many other poems. Lifting any solid piece of poetry, we’ll hear other poems and it behooves us as writers who hope to have an audience beyond our...
En Parlant Japonais

En Parlant Japonais

When I arrive at the Kogawa House and I press the code to let myself in, words leap out of my mouth to fill the empty house: “Tada ima!” The direct translation of this Japanese expression is: here now. A minimal way of saying: I’m home.