Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the frequently asked questions page. Below click on the plus sign next to a question to read its answer. If your questions about poetry, books, or performances are not answered below feel free to contact me via email. Follow me on Facebook for the latest news.

Performance

Category: Performance

More than likely I’d be happy to read at your online event via zoom or local in person event here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am vaxxed and boosted.

Category: Performance
  • Any readings outside of the Bay Area which cannot be attended virtually must reimburse travel and accommodation costs.
  • If you’d like me to read longer than 5-10 minutes at in person events for accessibility reasons, the venue or hosting organization must provide a podium or music stand and a mic stand and PA system.
Category: Performance
  • Duration of performance (for example, just one poem on a theme or how many minutes)
  • If there is a specific theme to the event, let me know, so that I can cater my set to it.
  • The time and date of the event
  • The address of the venue or how to access the online event
Category: Performance

I am physically unable to assist you in moving furniture, am not interested in being bogged down by event planning minutiae, do not own a sound system, and am also not a caterer. I am a performer. I also will not pay to perform.

Category: Performance

I prefer to perform in the afternoon or evenings and am more likely to turn you down if the event occurs in the morning.

I am unavailable on Friday nights and Jewish holidays. I may make an occasional exception on a Friday night if you are offering me a feature.

Please also check the readings page to make sure I don’t already have an event listed on my schedule that may conflict.

Category: Performance

Please read the booking page and then contact me to work out the details.

Press

Category: Press

Please email me to arrange a time to meet in person or via zoom, or you can simply email me your interview questions. Please view the press kit page as well.

Books

Category: Books

I pulled my books from KDP which was my paperback distributor for 10 years, and I have not yet invested in reprinting them. You can find some for sale still locally at Alibi Bookshop in Vallejo, Bookshop Benicia, and Revolution Books Berkeley. I encourage you instead to download my ebooks. They’re free!

Category: Books

I pulled my books from Amazon when I decided I wanted to give my ebooks away for free. Amazon will not let me do that. Please check other platforms. If you need Kindle format, please try Smashwords.

Category: Books

All my books are available for free as ebooks on every service except Amazon. I do appreciate reviews.

Services

Category: Services

I am a performer, a writer, and an occasional judge of performance and writing. If it falls in those three areas, drop me an email. However, I am not in the business of editing books for other writers, event planning, catering for events, nor providing free advice beyond what I have already publicly shared. Please visit vallejopoetrysociety.org for some useful links about publishing and area open mics.

Category: Services

If the project suits me, I will consider it. If not I can forward it to my mailing list. Please send me an email. I am more likely to submit if you at least provide a gratis copy of the anthology or magazine.

Category: Services

I do not have the budget to buy your services. Please do not send me unsolicited emails. Thank you.

Category: Services

The most I can do is perform a poem for a cause at your event. I have a limited budget and physical limitations, so I am unable to donate or volunteer in other capacities for your campaign or cause at this time. I also do not endorse candidates for office.

Category: Services

I can write a poem to order based on a theme, perform a feature set of poetry at your event, serve as a judge of performance or writing, or host an in person poetry open mic.

Category: Services

If you write poetry, I might be interested. Please contact me via email.

Social Media

Category: Social Media

I left Goodreads because a user hiding under a pseudonym decided it was appropriate to contact and admonish me about a petition I signed. I was one of hundreds of signatures from the publishing community. This made me feel unsafe as they had to take extra steps and google my name. I would never go so far as to contact a total stranger about their signature on a petition even if I disagreed with them. You can still add my books as they are listed in the database, but I do not have an account.

Category: Social Media

I no longer have a Twitter account. I did not use the platform enough to warrant staying on the site.

Category: Social Media

Due to prior instances of harassment, spam, and unwanted attention my policy is to not answer DMs on social media platforms. If you have a legitimate offer for a performance or publishing opportunity, please send me an email. Also I have carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, so I have to limit my typing and do not like to engage in chat. Since I am unable to disable messenger, your message is likely to go unread.