When I was young I remember long car rides. My family lived about 30 minutes from school and church. I used to sit in the back seat of our 1985 brown station wagon between my older sister on my left (who would do everything she could to annoy me) and my younger brother on my right.
My weapons against the boredom of our daily commute and the attacks of my sister were simple: lined paper and a #2 lead pencil. I filled that lined paper with all kinds of things—dinosaurs, animals, robots, cartoons and people. Those doodles were the beginning of my love for art.
As I got older, I was fascinated at the skill illustrators used when drawing the figures in X-Men and Spiderman comics. I would buy the illustrators I liked best and sit for hours in my room learning to draw the muscles, movements, and expressions. In High School an art teacher encouraged me to study art in college. Four years later I graduated with an art degree in Graphic Design. However, my love during those college years was for the fine arts - relief printmaking in particular.
In my early thirties, I began writing poetry. My first attempt began as a series of Christmas presents to my friends and family. That collection of poems eventually became my first self-published book called Godbirth. Since then, I've written two other poetry books - Read These Poems About David and The Reason Love Reaches (40 poems for Lent).
In addition to the poetry books, I also create faith formation curriculum such as The Jesus Questions and Haiku Bible Study to help individuals, couples, families and people in small group settings grow in their faith. A few years ago, I partnered with my friend Matt Timms and created The Jesse Tree. This project continues to bless churches and families as they journey their way through the season of Advent. Currently, Matt and I are working on a new book called A Guide to Christmas Feasting that will come out in the Fall of 2022.
"God's grace is the foundation of our lives. Gratitude is the house we build and love is an open door." Sam Gutierrez
PRINT AND POEM
Print and Poem exists to create beautiful and thoughtful faith formation resources for church and home.
The liturgical calendar is a way of telling a story that centers on the saving work of God in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The year is divided into seasons that have specific themes and practices that help us live into the story of Jesus. The resources that Print and Poem provides focuses on the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time.
Print and Poem is self publishing house that highlights different authors: