My husband Bruce
introduces me like this:
"He was made in Japan with parts assembled in California."
Five years before I was born, my father
was stationed in Japan by the US Navy. I arrived soon after he retired and
my parents, with my two older brothers, returned to California. But I grew up
in Northern Idaho where I found myself with a lot of unsupervised
time. You might think it was something of a cultural wasteland, but
I found, far from that, Music, Fine Art, Theater, Dance and
Literature were all practiced in the community to some extent.
It was a good childhood despite developing a typical angst from growing up a gay man
within a convert Mormon family. My parents did their best to give me strong values;
they could only do better than their own parents, after all. Still they raised four
kids who managed to grow up and are making their lives as they see fit.
I came out in college. Since then I've devoted my life to my love
of books, art and the publishing medium.
I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband. We have
I started Volpane in Love back in 1999 when first
learning to code HTML. A lot has changed since then, but even
before I began publishing online I self-published several times.
In the Mid-nineteen Nineties, I published two issues of Gae-raj,
an anthology-style "Queer art zine". It was written up in Queer
Zine Explosion #12, back in 1995 and Larry-Bob gave
it a favorable review,
"...it's not a solid block of text like some zines,
but draws you in visually."
I've continued to self-publish visual chapbooks of poetry
and graphic anthologies of short stories created with other
writers using round-
robin story method. You may purchase my poetry chapbook on my poetry page.
Unfortunately other publications are out-of-print indefinitely.
Volpane in Love is my Internet zine/blog,
although this website primarily sorts and links to all my various creative projects. You
will find here links to several
Social Media accounts,
collections and Marketing shops,
stories and essays. I have also designed web graphics for my friends at Pistilbooks.net.
Oddly perhaps, I am often contacted by people from the Philippines asking where
I came by "Volpane in Love" as a name for my webpage and if I am connected in some way to
their family. This is a smash-up of two literary references, namely the English 1605 Ben
Jonson play whose title character is "Volpone, or 'the Fox'" and the French novella
"Swann in Love", a section from "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust. I figured
"Volpane" to be a suitable anglicized version of the Italian word for "fox", only to
discover over the years that it is a Spanish iteration which became a family name, of
which several members reside in the Philippines and can trace their roots back to when
Spain colonized the islands. And indeed, I have no direct family connection.