Keith Skinner

About me

Keith Skinner writes memoir, fiction, essays, and travel narrative. His travel pieces have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Travelers’ Tales anthologies. He is currently at work on his first novel, a story set in nineteenth century Mendocino County coast where a lumber boom brings together three young lives.

From my website

Walt Whitman Sings the Song of the Redwoods

Though Whitman may never have "[Faced] west, from California's shores," as he trumpeted in a second California poem, he successfully persuades us in his opening stanzas of the authenticity of his words. I expected the rest of the poem to be a testament to the grace and beauty of the…

Billie Holiday: Master Storyteller

After listening carefully to her recordings over many years, I've come to appreciate the amount of effort Billie Holiday invested in each song and what a skillfully crafted stylist she was. Billie Holiday was no accident of nature. She was a skillful storyteller and has many lessons to offer. Continue…

Book Review: A New Ina Coolbrith Biography

Aleta George spent ten years pouring over newspaper and journal clippings, diaries, literary works, and even Coolbrith’s scrapbook to unearth the quotes, observations and insights that provide an intimate look into the relationships and events that shaped this remarkable woman, one who actively tried to avoid such exposure. It is…

 
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