A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas

Illustrated by Rachel Katstaller


(nonfiction picture book for kids aged 6-106))

(release date March 3, 2020)

Gertrude knew when a painting had something special to say.
Because she was Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein, the genius.


tonight the poem, FIREWEED PRESS, 2019

(adult poetry)

he's a formal
kind of fellow
slender with a little pot
and when he taps me on the shoulder
it feels like a scene in a Jane Austen movie
we begin with a rhyming couplet
move to quatrains and gavottes
a graceless minuet
a rather mediocre sonnet

The Willowslip, FINISHING LINE PRESS, 2014

(adult poetry)

Evie's poems are often inspired by an event - a small happening she may
have observed ... or experienced ... or imagined - or even dreamed.
There's a little yes that takes place in her head and prompts the poem.
But there's always a moment when the poem takes over.
At some point ... the wishes and whims and desires of the poem become all-
important--and reality gives way to the creative process.


when gertrude married alice, UW-Madison's Parallel Press, 2004

when gertrude married alice
sturdy gertrude
slender alice they lived
among the paintings
that no one else
would buy a picasso
in the parlor a picasso
in the hall
& woman with a hat
done by one henri matisse...

(from part of the title poem in when gertude married alice:)

everything happens twice, Fireweed Press, Madison, WI, 2002

"Fern Lake is full of fish today.
The Fish swim into the clouds."

(from everything happens twice)