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 a generalized angst from growing up within a
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 a Gay man in college. Since then I've devoted my life to my love
of books, the publishing medium and my artistic expression.
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 the website primarily
contains links to all my various creative projects. You will
find here links to several blogs,
stories and essays. Please tell me what you think of it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I attempt to post regularly, depending on the subject and my mood. At
Volpane I am posting
pages from my sketchbooks, frequently redesigning them into
t-shirt, hoodie, mug, mouse pad, and tote bag designs available at CafePress.com and Zazzle.com. I started out reposting personal
project material at my Tumblr, but as time goes on
I find I have time only for re-posting things I find on that interface made by other
Also, I have designed web pages for my friends at Pistilbooks.net
and for other friends.
Oddly perhaps, I am often asked by people of Filipino origin where I came by "Volpane in
Love" as a name for my webpage and if I am connected in some way to their family. I
explain 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.