I work as a freelance writer, photographer, and editor. Since 1996, I’ve lived in LaGrange, Georgia, but grew up in rural Heard County, Georgia. Songs My Father Barely Knew (link to excerpt) is my nonfiction novel-in-progress.
Recent publications include:
- “Attic Fan Days” (creative nonfiction), Columbus and the Valley Magazine (September 2017, page 71)
- “Feeling Stuck? Join the Club, and Try These Tips to Get Writing Again” , guest post at Chris Brecheen’s Writing about Writing
- “First Year Seminar” (creative nonfiction), Madcap Review 6, July 2017
- “In the Studio” (poem) and “Clearcut” (flash nonfiction) in Sleipnir Lit/Art Spaces 2.1 (May 2017)
- “Reverie with Coffee and Hash Browns” (creative nonfiction), Columbus and the Valley Magazine (June 2017)
- “The Lipstick Queen” (creative nonfiction), Columbus and the Valley Magazine (December 2016)
For many years, I taught college writing. I have 19 years’ experience workshopping and editing expository nonfiction. When people discover I was once an English professor, every bit of their old teachers’ wrongheaded and unhelpful writing advice comes pouring out. So, now and then, I post something to help these folks recover, and to explain my own creative process.
- “You can’t know if it’s any good while you’re writing it.”
- On Inspiration
- Work, Secrets, and Lies
- When I sit down to write
- An Epiphany, Post-Workshop
I also write a lot about flowers, animals, rural places, graveyards, and dilapidated buildings.
- Advice from Raptors
- In the Turn Lane
- A Turtle Story
- Joy, to the World
- A Year of Hank
- You Lucky Dog
- The Daffodils That Always Mean “Home”
- The Other Vine That Ate the South
- A Vivid Memory, in Ruins
Sometimes I write about music—for myself and for other people.
- Reunion in Brass and Mother-of-Pearl
- The liner notes for Grammy-nominated singer-pianist-songwriter Grayson Hugh’s 2015 album Back to the Soul (external link)
- Review of Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo Sessions at Sea (February 2016) at Country Universe (external link)
Once in a rare while, I write short fiction.
Most often, though, I write about the smallest moments in life—the moments most people miss, the moments we think aren’t worth noticing.
- ‘Til His Wheels Fall Off
- Rubber Soul
- Song 19
- A Tale for Mothers’ Day (from 2014)
- Another Tale for Mothers’ Day (from 2015)
- A Valentine’s Day Program in Three Acts
- Metro Living
- Ray and Dot, February 1970
In case you’re wondering what I sound like…
- Guest appearance, July 2016, The Show’s video podcast.
- Creative Nonfiction Open Mic Night, December 2016, Underground Books (Carrollton, Georgia)
- In Which I Read My Work to Strangers, Part 2 (January 2015)
- In which I read my work to complete strangers (September 2014)
My current projects also include a couple feature articles, a scholarly research presentation on country music, and (as always) taking better photos. In April 2016, I gave a talk at Arkansas State University’s Delta Symposium on my photos—”Talking with the Ghosts: Representing Cultural Heritage and Matching Text with Image.”
Every couple weeks, I send out a newsletter. Notes from the Happy Kitten Cottage consists mostly of “my writing & photography, my cats, rural places, plants and wild animals, dilapidated buildings, country music, and Lord knows what else.”
Unless otherwise noted, I created every image on this site. To explore my photos, check out these weekly features:
Need a resume? Visit my LinkedIn profile.
Want to work together? Let’s talk.
Want to put food in my pets’ bowls? Have at it!
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