I'm very pleased to announce that the paperback edition of my first novel Drift is available for purchase from University of Oklahoma Press here. It includes a new preface and I will be doing a series of events in San Diego to celebrate the release soon. Drift, with its focus on San Diego's buried history and gentrifying urban space, was one of the inspirations for the book Kelly Mayhew and I did with Mike Davis, Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See. Mike read an early draft of Drift, and it was while I was revising it and researching Under the Perfect Sun in the California Room at the old central library that I met Matt Bokovoy, who was then working for OU Press and took an interest in and eventually published the novel. Originally published in hardcover in 2007, Drift documents San Diego's growing class divide and the real world consequences of our city's relentless theme-parking and tourist boosterism along with peoples' disregard for our marginalized homeless population in a way that emphasizes the humanity of the dispossessed. Updates on the upcoming release events to follow.
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In addition to the Quick Links on this site, you can find all of my "Under the Perfect Sun" columns here at the San Diego Free Press and over at the OB Rag. Links to the Sunshine/Noir II posts can be found here. To see my columns in the San Diego Union-Tribune's "Community Voices Project" series, where I wrote a monthly column, go here.
At present, I am compiling the materials for a literary and historical archive at the San Diego Central Library, which should be available in late 2023. I am also compiling materials for a partial archive of materials related to my MFA in Creative Writing at the San Diego State University Library, which will be available in a few years after I retire from San Diego City College.
Currently, I am working on a book of poetry and memoir, tentatively entitled Dark Nights of the Soul and other Selected Poetry, Fiction, and Prose. This will include works addressing my recent near-death experience before and after getting an emergency liver transplant in late July of 2023. The rest of the book will focus on a series of poems about Maui before the catastrophic wildfires on the island as well as the best of some of my published and unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. After this, I plan on turning my attention to a San Diego labor history and a walking guide to subterranean San Diego, as well as some anniversary republications of previous works. More announcements to come as things unfold.
My most recent column on Labor Day with an lens on local labor leaders and key activists is available at Words and Deeds.
My last San Diego Union-Tribune column deals with my near-death experience and the lessons I learned from it.
Thanks for reading this and I hope I have more good news to report in the future.