Writing

 

I’m a writer in addition to being an editor and creative consultant, and I began being published when I was a young spoken word poet. Now I write and publish memoirs, travel and music stories, fiction, and meditation pieces. Click on any entry below or on older entry pages to read my work!

How to Swim Across the Mississippi with a Broken Arm (Memoir)

How to Swim Across the Mississippi with a Broken Arm (Memoir)

The Mississippi River ran through the center of my hometown, and sitting on the riverside watching it flow was an escape from my small, landlocked city. The river rolled from Granite City to mysterious otherworlds, snaking southward under the giant Minnesotan sky to...

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The Story of “Hey Beautiful” (Music Memoir)

The Story of “Hey Beautiful” (Music Memoir)

San Francisco was a gorgeous and gritty city in 1998, but it was changing. Teetering on the edge between punk rock and gentrification. Between the first dot-com explosion and the vestiges of cyberpunk. The floodgates had opened to people with money on their minds, but...

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The Beauty and Danger of Diving in Honduras (Travel Memoir)

The Beauty and Danger of Diving in Honduras (Travel Memoir)

We were twenty-five feet underwater when we heard the fishing boat coming. A dive flag floating on the surface indicated we were below, so no craft was supposed to drive near us. But the whir of the engine was getting closer. The other divers started going deeper to...

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Working On the Waterfront in Kenai (Travel Memoir)

Working On the Waterfront in Kenai (Travel Memoir)

I was standing in the hold of a fishing boat with salmon and icy water up to my chest. All around me, fish lay struggling, slapping their tails and eyeing me while I waited for a giant vacuum to plunge through the hatch above my head. My feet were frozen and numb...

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The Final Time My Father Said, “Come on, Hit Me” (Memoir)

The Final Time My Father Said, “Come on, Hit Me” (Memoir)

During the last year I lived at home with my family in Minnesota, I was a bad boy. A miscreant. A drunken, drug-addled fiend searching for sustenance in the cultural desert of the arctic Midwest. My punk rock insanity was fueled by a series of traumatic events that...

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Tedium 9 – Delilah Reveals the Truth (Fiction)

Tedium 9 – Delilah Reveals the Truth (Fiction)

Jarette was speeding into the desert night with Delilah beside him. It was dead silent except for the sound of the truck’s engine and its wheels on the asphalt. Headlights struck the darkness illuminating a sliver of road ahead with nothing but sand, rocks, and scrub...

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The Rescue and Flight of Dr. Theussical (Memoir)

The Rescue and Flight of Dr. Theussical (Memoir)

There was a horrific thunderstorm in New Orleans the spring night that Dr. Theussical fell from his home. The fall was twenty feet down from a nest built inside a rain gutter. He survived by landing in the soil of a potted palm tree on our back patio. My girlfriend,...

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The Sweat Lodge in My Backyard (Memoir)

The Sweat Lodge in My Backyard (Memoir)

When I was a kid, I always tried to be normal but it never worked. My lemonade stand was in the center of a cornfield. I often threw the football to myself. And sometimes I wore a Mustang Ranch T-shirt to school, which was a gift my dad acquired from an infamous...

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The End of Being Human (Music Memoir)

The End of Being Human (Music Memoir)

I woke up in an empty room on a hardwood floor with a terrible hangover. It was 11:00 am in Amsterdam. The door rattled and was followed by a loud knock, knock! A shallow silence followed. Then, knock, knock, knock! “Gentry! Get up! We’re waiting!” The voice was...

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