Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Help me celebrate acquiring my MFA, along with the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival's chapbook contest, this Saturday at 4 pm inside the backroom of the Santa Catalina Branch Library. You can help judge, enjoy the munchies, and get a free copy of my celebratory chapbook for doing so!

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Finally came in the mail! That's my birth name, in case you didn't know. The Kingfisher came later....

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Two of my classic political poems (Republican Convention and Showing A Documentary On Vietnam To A Tenth Grade Class) were published in this anthology put together by Mark Lipman.

Love Our Authors!

I helped organize this event, inviting fellow poets Khadija Anderson (pictured), Jack G. Bowman (also pictured), Lynne Bronstein, CaLokie, Kimberly Cobian (pictured as well), Scott Kaestner, Marie Lecrivain, Raundi Kai Moore Kondo, and Terry McCarty to sell their tomes.


Got two poems published in this wonderfully salacious anthology: Sex Nimis Multi Pro Sonnet and Science.


My latest featuring 23 fresh ones. Order your copy by going to http://paypal.com and directing payment of $5 (postage paid) to kingfisher1031@charter.net, or stop by Saturday Afternoon Poetry any... Saturday.

Publication Reading!

CaLokie and I read at Beyond Baroque and the Cobalt to promote R.D. Armstrong's second anthology of poets.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Workshop and Reading!!

On Friday night I led a poetry writing workshop as part of the Zzyzx Poets reading series at Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea in El Sereno.  Here is the poem I composed using the objects that surrounded us in the patio area there:

Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea Love


Because I needed a coat of arms around me

To spark a golden sun deep inside my chest


Someone to string Christmas lights on my heart

Instead of a daily cactus bird cage existence


I happened upon the light bulb woman

Who turned us into a poker and a fireplace


Our declarations became hanging word lanterns

Screaming out steaming hot chocolate warmth


To transform life to live beside cool ferns

And well-placed bricks beneath our feet

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I completed my MFA in Poetry at Antioch University, Los Angeles today!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


NOW AVAILABLE! My fourth perfect-bound book, featuring the absolute best 36 poems I composed and edited while an MFA in Poetry student at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Get your copy for a paltry $5 by going to the Santa Catalina Library any Saturday between 3 and 5pm, or order yours via http://paypal.com/, selecting Send Money, and directing payment of $10 (includes $5 shipping expense) to kingfisher1031@charter.net. Short on funds? Download it for FREE on December 1st ONLY at http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/great-poetry-e-book-free/

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Just found out that my classic poem "After A Wet Night" has been published on this website. > http://www.aboutplacejournal.org/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Publication and Reading!!

Getting a relatively new poem published in Lummox 2, "Thought I Saw Four Dogs On My Drive". You can preview it by clicking on this... > http://issuu.com/poetraindog/docs/lummox_2sampler/1

And come to the publication reading at Beyond Baroque on Sunday, November 30th at 7pm to buy a copy of the complete Lummox 2, featuring many fine poets like: John Brantingham, CaLokie, Michael C. Ford, Amelie Frank, Jerry Garcia, Joe Gardner, Taylor Graham, Lalo Kikiriki, Ronald Koertge, Julie LeMay, Lyn Lifshin, Victoria Locke, Ellaraine Lockie, Gerald Locklin, Rick Lupert, Radomir Luza, Ellyn Maybe, Terry McCarty, Daniel McGinn, Raundi Moore-Kondo, Christopher Mulrooney, Alice Pero, BC Petrakos, A. Razor, Lisa Sandoval, Nancy Shiffrin, Apryl Skies, Wanda VanHoy Smith, Julia Stein, Kevin P. Sullivan, G. Murray Thomas, Tim Tipton, Mary Torregrossa, Charles Webb, Mel Weisburd, and Terry Wolverton!

Monday, November 4, 2013


Got an oldie but a goodie published online, "Brothers", in Sassafras Issue Four:

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Read my classic poem "Eternal Epitaph" in costume last night at the Holy Grounds Coffeehouse in El Sereno for the ZZyZx Writerz Scary Poem Contest.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


On Saturday night I read with CaLokie (pictured left) and Raquel Reyes-Lopez at the domicile of Anita Holzberg for her Sunnyvale poetry writing group.  Then on early Sunday afternoon we visited San Francisco to browse again the third floor shelves of the legendary City Lights Bookstore.  Followed that with a performance at Linnaea's CafĂ© in San Luis Obispo on Sunday night for Kevin Patrick Sullivan's Corners Of The Mouth reading series.


Saturday, September 28, 2013


Performed three poems (You Got The Freedom, Homo Superior, and I Got The American Right) this afternoon at the 100,000 Poets for Change reading at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

Published and Performing!!

On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of performing one ("Analogy Planet") of two poems ("The World Is") published in this cool new anthology (produced by Raundi Kai-Moore Kondo) at The Ugly Mug in Orange.  Here's the link to a video of that performance > (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQcDvEtbZQ&feature=youtu.be) and a link to check out the publisher's website, where you can buy the book (for a good cause, it benefits CHOC, the Children's Hospital of Orange County) > (http://www.theloveofwords.com/a-poet-is-a-poet-no-matter-how-tall--the-anthology.html). It was fun!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hostin' and Featurin'!!

Thanks to Jessica Wilson, I was the Guest Host for the Soapbox poetry reading series on Sunday at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

Then, later that afternoon, thanks to hosts Dori Marler and James Maverick, I was the first of three featured poets for the first Expressions poetry reading at the Glendale Days Inn.  I read seven poems from my recent chapbooks: Ball of Fire, After A Wet Night, Trading In An Alliterative NBA, Allen Avenue, Back To The Future, Poetry Is, and On The Beach Bed.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Poetic Labor Day Weekend!

On Saturday I participated in the Peer Poet Program at the Montebello Library helping teen poets create poetry in under an hour.

And yesterday I hosted a Peace Poetry Potluck at Garvey Ranch Park in Monterey Park.  It also turned out to be a reunion of The Inner Four (pictured above).