“Being Rash” explores and contrasts physical courage (jumping off bridges, base jumping) with moral courage as seen in the lives of Russian dissidents in Shenandoah Review. Here’s the link:
“Photo Album on a Westbound Train” is a profile of my son Alex written in vignettes and woven into lyrics from Arlo Guthrie’s song “The City of New Orleans.” It appears in Arizona State’s literary journal Superstition Review, followed by a podcast reading with guitar. http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/archives
“Their Own Brand of Misery” is an essay about a small-town rodeo held in Circleville, Kansas, last August. It focuses on the incredible violence and attraction of bull riding. It’s scheduled to appear in Southwest Review vol. 100.2..
“These Vanishing Hills” is about The Black Hills of South Dakota, a terrific hail storm, meditations on death and hope. It appears in the Fall, 2014 issue of Fourth Genre.
“Being Rash”, “Photo Album” and “These Vanishing Hills” all appear in different forms in my book-in-progress Bitterroot.
I spent several weeks traveling through and camping through New Mexico and Arizona. Will be traveling in Alaska this summer and doing a book tour from St. Louis to the West Coast.