I am a musician and writer. I've worked for many years as the coordinator of the Children's band lab at the Festivalof American Fiddle Tunes. I've also served on the staff at PSGW, at the Sierra Swing Dance Week, and at Dos Encuentros, a festival bringing together traditional musics of Mexico, Canada, and the United States. I live in Buffalo Wyoming and perform dance music of the Americas with the Fireants who have released two cds-- Bury My Clothes and Ants on Ice. I'm interested in both musical sound and the way sounds give meaning to people as individuals and communities. Or maybe that's the way individuals and communities give meaning to sound. I serve as a faculty member in the University of Wyoming's MFA program in Creative writing and in the American Studies program where I teach classes on the role of music in community maintenance among Minority communities in the US. I've written poetry, fiction, and essays. My books include poetry (Moon, How Many Horses, and Certainty), fiction (Free and Compulsory for All and Crossing Wyoming), and nonfiction (Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch). My next book of poetry (Some Church) will be published by Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis in Fall 2005. My favorite number is five and my favorite color is blue.