The Traveling Scholar

Wayne Horvitz, jazz genius, has just released “Some Places are Forever Afternoon,” a composition inspired by Richard Hugo’s poems about Northwest towns. Wayne used my book, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, as a guide during his travels.

Thanks to the Prop Foundation and to Wayne’s generosity, I’ll be The Traveling Scholar on the band’s upcoming tour. Wayne says that NO I may not play the tambourine and live out my Susan Dey fantasies. BUT, Yes! I may read Hugo’s poems and talk about them in venues along our tour.

Some Places Are Forever Afternoon: 2015 Tour

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT (Tickets)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
House Concert, Bozeman, MT

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
The Myrna Loy Center For Performing Arts, Helena, MT

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Cisel Hall at MSU, Billings, MT
Presented by Arts Without Boundaries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 7:30pm
Centrum, Pt Townsend, WA
Presented by Centrum and Copper Canyon Press

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Michelle’s Piano, Portland, OR (Tickets)
Presented by The Creative Music Guild

Friday, October 9th, 2015
The Shedd, Eugene, OR (Tickets)

Saturday, October 10th, 2015
As part of Earshot Jazz, Seattle, WA

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
Free Concert
White Center Community Center at Steve Cox Memorial Park
White Center, WA (birthplace of Richard Hugo)


Instigating! My favorite thing to do!


It’s official! We’re launching a documentary film project. Thanks to Jack Chelgren, I think we are calling the film WHERE THE HOUSE WAS, named after a Richard Hugo poem. Our team is full of wise young people and a few of us older folks too. It’s diverse in spirit and background: we are all coming from different perspectives and convening over art, geography, poetry, architecture, development and civic engagement. TEAM DEMO HUGO, that’s us.