Poetry candidate in the University of Alaska Anchorage MFA in Creative Writing program (2015-present).
A Braided Way, an exhibit of poetry broadsides by poet parents, Aleria Jensen and Jonas Lamb featuring artwork and photos by and of their children. Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Video Room. January-February 2017.
Learning the Dance (Snow Dance) and When You See Me (poems) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal.
Preparations for a Free Wood-Stove, performed by Clint Farr on Writers’ Showcase from 360 North (March 2016)
Buddy Tabor Teaches me to Filet a Halibut (poem) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal.
Dream Seed, Light Like Coal and Dear Toi (poems) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal
Five Good (Alaskan) Reads, book reviews for the Juneau Empire. Honestly my editor didn’t tell me that it was a guest column that would feature half the authors I put on my list, coincidence is more magic that mayhem but both are good in my book.
Anything I can put ketchup on (poem) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal
In the time before words (poem) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal
PK Thai in the Pearl, restaurant review for Palooz.com, April 2010
Olson’s Fox Island Cabin: Resurrection Bay’s 1st Writer’s Residency
from: 49 Writers: Collaborative reflections and book news by and about Alaskan Authors
New Poetry Review
Short reviews of 4 outstanding poetry collections to new to the Juneau Public Library Published in the Juneau Empire, April 2009.
Zappa and Lithuania
No, FZ isn’t Lithuanian, but I am and FZ and I share a common love for musical madness, that fine line where classical music, jazz and rock get together and dance in a way only a few can take seriously.
Tradesman as Poet
Two poems from a workshop exploring how an artist can combine create work with the subject of our trade, our day job.
The Music Industry, Adapting to a digital future
Highlighting some great stories/interviews during a week when I had digital rights, content management and the future of music on my mind.
In praise of a few outstanding graphic artists and a book that altered my world with its simplicity, like only poetry had done before.
Salju Sapnu (poem) in Tidal Echoes, University of Alaska Southeast Literary Arts Journal.
Poems for Kent, The Kent Collector (Plattsburgh State Art Museum)
“The Red Wool Ski Cap” and Forever Night Sky, Detroit Declarations
Quirk, Fortnight, Raw Ether (defunct, editor, contributor).
A sample of some of my projects as writer/producer.
Letters From the North
Writer, Editor, Producer, Web
We billed ourselves as an audio quarterly and managed to finish our 4th show before parting ways. This was an incredible project that got me very excited about radio journalism and about production work. Despite all the long hours, these shows give me the goosebumps. Check out the archives to listen to the shows. I’m especially proud of the 3rd show, “Work”, and my piece that came out of an interview with Juneau musician/housepainter, Buddy Tabor (scroll to 18:32). Press for show in Juneau Empire.
Get Digital: Uncrate Your Vinyl
This free hands-on workshop provided instruction to users of all experience levels how to convert analog audio collections to digital using on-hand stereo equipment and a PC. I developed the course from my production experience working with archival reel to reel tape, LPs and podcasting. The presentation slides from the workshop as well as several web-based resources are available in this blog post.
Administrator, live-event sound engineer, producer
JPL Podcasts is the home for archived audio content published by the Juneau Public Library. Features audio from in-library events (author visits, workshops, storytime) as well as weekly book reviews, technology tips for using library and web resources and more.
A few of the better podcasts:
National Poetry Month, 09
The Stinky Princess
John Straley: Poetry, Prose and Private Investigation
Come Una Pietra Scalciata
Writer, director, editor
A spoof music video inspired by Dylan’s original “Subterrenean Homesick Blues”. Ours uses an Italian remake of “Like a Rolling Stone”. Created for the JUMP Film Festival.
School of Information Science and Technology
Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2008
MS, Masters of Library and Information Science
Sigma Chapter, Beta Phi Mu, 2009
University of Michigan
School of Literature, Science and Arts
Ann Arbor, MI, 1999-2003
BA, Bachelors of General Studies (Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts)
Concentrations in English Language and Literature, Secondary Education and Social Studies.
Public Services Library, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Egan Library, University of Alaska Southeast
Electronic Services / Outreach Librarian, Juneau Public Library
…..August 2010-December 2012
Maintain electronic collections (collection development and access technology), maintain library web sites and social media, develop outreach for resources for staff and public, assist and lead in adult program development, provide reference, reader’s advisory and technology services to the public.
On-Call Librarian + On-Call Library Assistant, Cedar Mill Community Library
Provide reference, circulation, account and information assistance to a diverse group of users at the Bethany Branch of this unique non-profit community library. Work with community users, volunteers and staff to maintain a small, but highly relevant collection in the organization’s first branch expansion.
Volunteer/Technohost/Title Wave, Multnomah County Libraries
October 09-April 10
To maintain activity in the library community during my job search I have been volunteering 8 hours a week in two volunteer roles. At the Title Wave Used Bookstore, I have been maintaining store inventory, sorting, pricing and stocking as well as aiding customers in locating materials arranged using the DDC. As Technohost at the North Portland Branch Computer Lab, I have been assisting lab users with their computer questions, from navigating online job applications, basic instruction in using the Microsoft Windows operating system, to Office and Explorer tutorials. In addition to aiding users, I maintain the reservation and check in system, answer and transfer a multiple line phone system and refer lab users to computer courses offered by the library.
Library Technician, Juneau Public Library
May 2005-Sept. 2009
My time at JPL was priceless, providing the opportunity for me to put the skills developed during library school into practice while simultaneously exploring creative programming and technology projects that I hope to take with me as I continue my career in libraries. From intuitive, user-centered reference service to A/V support, podcasting and blogging, this position allowed me to explore my interests while developing important public service and technology experience.
Temporary Reference Librarian, Egan Library, University of Alaska Southeast
The Egan Library served as my introduction to the academic library as a librarian. While I have spent extensive time in the outstanding libraries of the University of Michigan and elsewhere, this opportunity allowed me to develop a familiarity with the physical collections of the library in contrast to the experience with e-resources my graduate school years inspired.
Information Consultant, Self Employed contracting with Alaska State Library
In cooperation with Library staff, describe historical photographs to be uploaded to the Alaska Digital Archive (http://vilda.alaska.edu/) database using Dublin Core, LCSH and local name authority schema in CONTENTdm environment. Using Photoshop CS4, edit document scans and images then create digital objects (PDFs) for in house and outside clients.
Library Publicity Audio Materials
(right click, save link as, to download)
20th Anniversary Gala promo, LibraryGala
John Straley Reading Promo, straley_libraryPSA
Home Improvement Database promo, HomeImprovement