A Way Home: Oregon Essays

My book A Way Home: Oregon Essays is starting to show up online. It'll officially be available on its release date, August 15, but you can see it already at Small Press Distribution.

The book started out as my MFA thesis but found its form in the years after, evolving into a leaner and more focused version of itself. Here's the official description:

A WAY HOME is a love letter to Oregon and an ode to living in the present moment. Living for several years in Minnesota, Scott Parker finds himself longing for the Oregon of his youth. He explores this longing by returning to his home state both over the course of several visits and through the unfolding of memory, to find out what he is capable of understanding about time, home, and himself. The temptation of nostalgia is regarded from many angles—rueful, ironic, yet always still beckoning. Its antidote: being present in the actual moment, with its paradoxes and mixed blessings. Parker's passion for his subject is apparent, and his meditations prove him to be a nimble and penetrating thinker on absence and presence.

The book itself is a handsome volume designed by Steve Connell, featuring art by Alex Hirsch, and published by Kelson Books of Portland. Everyone involved did a beautiful job, and I'm quite proud of the finished product.

I'm looking forward to the launch later this summer and will post more info about events and purchasing information as I have it.

Nothing but Everything

A short memoir piece, "Nothing but Everything," about Elliott Smith appears online in Memoir Mixtape. Check it out here (you'll have to scroll down a little or search my name, since the link is to the whole magazine).

Run for Your Life


Run for Your Life: A Manifesto is a short book that articulates the role running can play in the project of creating a meaningful life.

It should be available soon from various retailers. For the time being you can order it through this website ($10 + shipping) by sending an email through the contact page. The book is beautifully made by Publication Studio of New York.