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A little book of ponderings.
A chapbook of poetry influenced by Eastern philosophy, Native American traditions, and Feminism. Each poem is touched by silence. (2022)

“Stumbled and Standing ~ from Diagnosis to Acceptance: A Woman’s Journey with Multiple Sclerosis” is a collection of poetry, prose, and a handful of essays centered around living with MS. River writes of the daily ups and downs she endures from fatigue to falling presented with truth and a special touch of her endurance. People with MS will relate to River’s struggles with tears and laughter. They will find the will and motivation to keep moving forward through her words. “Stumbled and Standing” is not just for those with MS it is intended for their loved ones too. Amazon

when spirits touch is a collaboration of two artists in a unique collection of duel poetry and photography. Charles Wm Martin and River Urke gathered together their talents with words and eyes of aesthetic flare in this distinctive book of art. – Charles Martin and River Urke met online in 2010 and challenged each other to a duel of poetry. Their first poem revealed they had a special gift of blending their two voices to one. They duel in words through email and have never met face to face. -Also available in audio. You can listen to River, Charles, and their special guests read poems from when spirits touch. CD option.

CD Voices of Poets is a poetry reading of the book ‘when spirits touch.’ A unique book of duel poetry and photography written by Charles Martin and River Urke. Charles, River, and their special guests take turns reading the 21 poems in ‘when spirits touch.’ Amazon


A book about the stories women tell.

~Women’s Obsession with Shoes is a collection of twenty-one stories from women about their lives told through a pair of shoes. The stories range from a lost pair of moccasins at a Pow Wow to a six-foot woman making a claim on a man’s chest in stiletto boot. Every story about a pair of shoes is told in a woman’s voice as if you were sitting next to her as she told her story. Some of the stories will spark memories while others will merely be entertaining in their own way



2017 Yellow Medicine Review

2016 Martin Lake Poetry Workshop

2015 Saint Paul Almanac

2013 Touching MS: Poetic Expressions

2011 The Poetry Pantry: Thoughts That Breathe




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