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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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. I need flexibility in my scheduling, and I am not keen on taking up any obligations such as regular meetings, classes, or shows that require me to do something every month or every week because I have health issues to contend with. If these are mandatory requirements for your event then please look elsewhere, or don’t be offended when I say no.
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.
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!
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.
All my books are available for free as ebooks on every service except Amazon. I do appreciate reviews.
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.
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.
I do not have the budget to buy your services. Please do not send me unsolicited emails. Thank you.
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.
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.