Banjo #1 - processed & resizedI have always enjoyed writing. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Apple, gave me a special award for creative writing. I actually liked diagramming sentences. In high school, I composed a ton of song lyrics. I studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University. My poem, “An Understandment Process,” was printed in the Commonwealth Times. In the nineties, I published and edited three zines.  It was a fun way to forge meaningful friendships with people I’d never met.

All of the photographs on the main page were taken by me.

coverFinal100pxThere is a collection of my early essays, Evelyn Avenue and Elsewhere.  If you would like a copy (1.3 MB ­• PDF), send an e-mail to dave@dustexchange.com.  This is absolutely free. None of your information will be used for marketing or any nefarious purpose.

Evelyn Avenue and Elsewhere is not intended for children. There is an explicit scene and some strong profanity.

Here are some friends and family whose help along the way has been invaluable:

Ann Koi • We exchanged zines long before we met. She came to visit for a few days. There wasn’t any funny business, we just hung out…mostly in silence.

Jim Shelley • Jim is a pioneer of the DIY/lo-fi movement.  I have every cassette he gave me, even though I no longer own a tape deck.  He’s pretty cool.

Eric Bennett • We are on compatible wavelengths.  We’ve conceived many great projects that will never come to fruition.  He’s my go-to guy for graphic design.

Jhon Ackerman • We’ve been accomplices for…well, let’s not get into numbers. Cinder Harvest was mastered at the Recording Zone. It’s a high-tech, custom-designed, fully functional recording studio.

Stephen Brandt • We were best friends growing up.  When we lived in Michigan, he made a large snow sculpture of a dragon.   It was, like much of his work, amazing.Steve Cobain V2 is the only pen pal I have left. We’ve never corresponded over the internet…all postcards and letters.

Cinder Harvest: My Final Musical Journey