FREE AT LAST!

SILVIA SANCHEZ is FREE!!!! She has been granted parole! Thank you everyone for your prayers and positive thoughts. This is truly one of the best days of my life. When I think back on this journey that started twenty years ago at a steel table at Central Juvenile Hall, when I met Silvia for the …

SILVIA ON MY MIND

For those who remember, I am supporting the release of Silvia Sanchez after twenty years in prison. I do not cease to think of her every day. Here I am, twenty years later, on a hillside above Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, listening to the driving rain, thunder and lightening and reflecting on how mysterious life is and magical …

ISLANDS & LAKES & the SKY IN-BETWEEN, Part II

The little Cessna plane that took me on the last leg of my journey from San Jose to Liberia, in a thunderstorm, no less. I was the only passenger on that bumpy ride with two jolly pilots, who laughing and joking, plunged in and out of clouds, vision obscured, rain pummeling the panes, the plane shaking …

ISLANDS & LAKES & THE SKY IN-BETWEEN Part I

   The first two weeks of October at Noepe Center on Martha's Vineyard, working on my Night Angels series, and what better place to create a sense of intimacy in writing. A perfect little world, detached from all the rest, no car, not even a Starbucks (hurray). Only sea and sky and wind-swept beaches, delicate forests that open onto ponds where …

The Adventure Begins on a Blustery island

View from my balcony of the backyard. My room under the eaves. I have arrived at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Arthas Vineyard. I hear a hurricane is expected this weekend. I think this should be a perfect spot to ride put the storm. This is my third visit to this incredible place. I …

View from my balcony of the backyard. My room under the eaves. I have arrived at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Arthas Vineyard. I hear a hurricane is expected this weekend. I think this should be a perfect spot to ride put the storm. This is my third visit to this incredible place. I …

Remembering

Instead of lying in bed beside a wonderful lover, or even just a warm body, by midnight of my 50th birthday I was standing in a dingy apartment, covered in someone else's blood, and wondering what to do about it.

Interview with Stan Tookie William shortly before his execution

In 1995 I went into Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles with the vision to start a creative writing prgram for incarcerated youth. Out of that experience grew InsideOUT Writers. In 2005 I left the organization to pursue my writing once again. Something I was most proud of was the magazine of interviews and student …