Charles Goodrich’s new poetry collection, WATERING THE RHUBARB (Flowstone Press) includes several poems composed during his residency at PLAYA. His first novel, WEAVE ME A CROOKED BASKET will be published by the University of Nevada Press in Fall 2023. It’s an unconventional love story involving a makeshift coalition of farmers, artists, scientists, and community members who turn a small organic farm into a work of art to save it from unscrupulous developers. Deep gratitude to PLAYA for a residency where I completed some pivotal chapters.

Following a long career as a professional gardener and a decade working with the Spring Creek Project, Charles Goodrich writes and gardens at his home near the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers in the traditional homeland of the Ampinefu Band of the Kalapuya in Corvallis, Oregon. He is the author of four poetry, Watering the Rhubarb, A Scripture of Crows, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, a collection of essays, The Practice of Home, and two co-edited anthologies, Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest and In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. His first novel, Weave Me a Crooked Basket, will be published by University of Nevada Press in Fall 2023. FMI: charlesgoodrich.com