Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews, in-depth conversations with legends in jazz, interviews and personality profiles.

  • Shades of Gray

    Writer and performer Spalding Gray spent his early years in Rhode Island, a child of Christian Scientist parents. Like most children, he was preoccupied with the intricacies of his family -- and sex.


    At a past reading, Rivas enthusiastically presented a work that some in the audience considered impolite and, to his surprise, some people walked out. “I don’t know if that bothers me or not,” he says. “I’m not necessarily against offending people, but it should be intentional.”

  • Riding the (Sun)Rails

    The 49 miles of Sunrail track (so far) with 16 stations through four counties gives a seldom-seen outlook through the heart of Central Florida. Sitting back in a top-deck seat, on neither side of the tracks but astride them, the view reveals crude graffiti tags and intricate mural art that can only be observed from that high vantage; back ends of warehouses and back yards of suburban houses; graveyards of corroded cars and the dearly departed; used appliance stores and churches large and small.

  • Jazz Freedom

    In the words of Sam Rivers: "I'm a jazz musician. I'm not confined to one style of music. I'm blues, I'm swing, I'm bebop, and I'm free!"


freelance writer

As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.


My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 57 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001.

food writer

Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

EVENT producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Founder Word Play series, former Chair of Alternative Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.