Archive for the ‘personal’ Category

There’s no doubt that I’m in the middle of one of the busiest phases of my life right now. I’m not only teaching my full load of classes and an extra creative writing class at another university on top of that, but I’m also smack in the middle of a job search while also preparing […]


In the last couple of weeks I’ve finished writing a paper (handed in on deadline day), given a talk, and prepped like crazy for the new semester. It’s been just a bit tiring, so at the end of the week I rewarded myself with just a small glass of The Chita. The paper that I […]


March 4th was my birthday, and a completely perfect spring day for a walk. I decided to walk to two local shrines – Toyonaka Inari-jinja and Harada-jinja – mostly on a route that I had never taken before. The first part of my walk was quite familiar and took me past the building that I […]


My birthday was on March the 4th, and I received this beautiful collage in the mail from my mother, Cecily Axt. The stamps that accompanied it were pretty super as well. As if that weren’t enough, a wonderful colleague of mine surprised me by popping into my office with his mandolin and singing a spirited […]



I’m very pleased to have a new piece published in the latest issue of the Tokyo Poetry Journal, alongside fantastic work by Jerry Gordon, Jordan Smith, Samm Bennett, Taylor Mignon, and many others. “Hummingbird” is an essay about my father, Darrell DeVore, and the deep connection between his music and the poetry that he wrote, […]


My sister recently scanned a treasure trove of old family photos. I’m usually resistant to nostalgia, but these shots from our childhood in rural Petaluma were just too good to pass up. The initial pair of shots obviously date from Halloween past. I love that my sister felt the need to wear a mask as […]