I grew up on that rope swing to the right. Well, during the summers at least. And the autumns. And the Memorial Days. And the odd cold holiday. Our cabin on Craig's Creek, in Craig County, is about as close to heaven as you can get. Come on over for the Fourth of July and you'll see what I mean.

My family has lived in Southwest Virginia for about 250 years, give or take a couple decades. I know this because my grandmother, Dorothy Simmons Kessler, traced her family back to the 1700s—a relative of mine swapped letters with Darwin; wild stuff.

If you've looked over at my poetry, you'll find that the countryside, creeks, cabins, nature, and all things "Virginia" are something I hold near and dear to my heart—just can't get the stuff out of my hands, no matter how much I write about it.

 

Some non-Virginia things about me:

  • At one point in time, I may very well have been one of the premier news-providers to the parkour world.

I'll just let that one soak in.

  • I write spoken word poetry and throw videos of 'em on a YouTube channel I've had since 2008.
  • I have a mild obsession with all things vaporwave.
  • My position in rec soccer is 'keeper—I've stopped 1 (one) penalty kick.
  • I've followed Seattle Sounders FC since 2009. 
  • Bouldering over rope climbing; black coffee over tea; stouts over IPAs.

 

 

Resume.

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Roanoke, Virginia: Hometown

Blacksburg, Virginia: A town I've called home 

Richmond, Virginia: A town I live in