"I was a VCCA Fellow in the fall of 2007, and it was one of the most profound, life-changing and inspiring experiences I have ever had, as an artist, teacher and human being.
Before arriving at VCCA for my residency, I had, among a number of ongoing projects, a long, as-yet-unfinished poem entitled “The Night Pharaoh”, based on the loss of my girlfriend (and my survival) which I very much wanted to complete. The time had arrived for the expression of those thoughts and feelings that had forming within me, and while I wrote the first half of the poem (nine sections of nine-line stanzas) in fits and starts over the course of four summers, I wrote the remaining eight sections in two weeks. Its completion was utterly cathartic to me, and the poem is now being scored for chamber orchestra by composer Mark Orton, for a future evening-long performance.
In addition the completing the long poem, I also continued work on the libretto for a performance piece entitled “Necessary Monsters”, on which I collaborated with composer and musician Carla Kihlstedt. The piece was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in February 2008, and is slated for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in 2010."