What an incredible reading! The room was so friendly and supportive. They have great mics too. But really I am so grateful to get to be a part of Writers at Work and grateful to Terry Wolverton and all she brings as a writer and teacher. For this reading we all selected a writer that inspired us as writers. I chose Frank O’Hara as my inspiration and read Poem (Lana Turner has Collapsed) and Why I’m Not a Painter. The reason I selected him was because his Lana Turner poem was the first I ever did a close read on, in my first creative writing class, in my twenties. And kind of like so many firsts, I have been chasing that feeling ever since. I read several of my own pieces… mostly love and relationship themes. My wife and crew were there in the audience and it felt good to be a part of this queer historical event and to be among so many people I admire.