David J.S. Pickering is a native Oregonian, having grown up and lived much of his life in the working-class culture of the North Oregon Coast. His first poetry collection, Jesus Comes to Me as Judy Garland, received the 2020 Airlie Prize; the book is forthcoming from Airlie Press in September. David never aspired to have a website, so he is a bit nonplussed to find that he now has one: www.pickpoetry.com. David recently retired from a 30-year career in human resources management—wearing shorts and t-shirts each day continues to thrill him. He and his husband, Stephen, live in Hillsboro.
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