Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher


University of New Mexico Press, 2015.

Samuel Green, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Washington state, says of Crossing Over:

“In bridge-engineering lingo,” the note to one of these poems tells us,  “the ‘dead load’ is the weight of the bridge itself. The ‘live load’ is the weight of traffic crossing the bridge,” and this is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light—themes as old as poetry. Quoting Wilder, she says, “the bridge is love.” Perhaps. But love as a noun is just the ‘dead load.’ It’s love supported by the imagination that becomes the ‘live load’ here, fully aware that the… Continue reading

By Priscilla Long

“I have never seen anything quite like Priscilla Long’s book…. It presents a true alternative for the advanced writer.” —Maya Sonenberg

Wallingford Press. Pub Date July 1, 2010;  ISBN: 978-0-9842421-o-8; $18.95

The Writer’s Portable Mentor is available from the usual online venues and can also be obtained in a very timely manner from The Elliott Bay Book Co.’s fast and efficient mailorder service

Accolades and Reviews
A well-organized and immensely helpful guide for writers at all levels to jump-start their creativity, refine their work, and approach the realm of virtuosos.” — Shelf Awareness

The Writer’s Portable Mentor should be required reading for any working writer.” —Scott Driscoll, award-winning Seattle journalist.

“I think The Writer’s Portable Mentor is the best writing instruction I have used,… Continue reading

By Priscilla Long

“An intense and accomplished social history.” —Christopher Hitchens, New York Newsday

Paragon Press, Hardcover, 1989; paperback, 1991, ISBN 1-55778-465-5.

Accolades and Reviews

“A captivating account of one of the most dramatic and influential periods in the industrial history of the U.S. Highly recommended.” —Choice

“The style is brisk and appealing…a wonderfully human story….One of those rare works that asks and answers important questions about who we are as creatures of our invention and as a nation, and how we got to this point.” —Barbara Kingsolver, Women’s Review of Books

“Reads almost like a novel at times.”—Pennsylvania Magazine

“Both scholarly and unusually well-written, the story moves along at a good pace while not compromising the standards of acute historical analysis.”—E. P. Thompson, author of The Making… Continue reading