Current Book

Blood Transparencies: An Autobiography in Verse is a brutally honest narrative of coming-of-age in a unique American family. Told in a series of poetic vignettes, it details life with a father who believes John Muir’s words more essential than the Bible, often leading his “tribe” on harsh quests into America’s wildernesses. The tale is both humorous and heart breaking. Imagine Odysseus returned from WWII to teach his son the subtle art of bone breaking before sharing hot cocoa and opera. This is a family as at ease with nurturing abandoned wild animals as around a campfire rapt to ancestral stories of cannibalism.  Throughout the book


there is an occasional photographic relic, or Neolithic scrawl to memorialize the breadth of this human story. There are echoes here too, like the “transparencies” of the title, of mythology and tall tales, an oral tradition transcendent of the printed page. Blood Transparencies is a stunningly fresh glance back, far back, from whence we’ve all come.


Meet the Author

Randy White

Randy White is a writer and educator who lives in Rocklin, California. The author of Blood Transparencies: An Autobiography in Verse which was nominated for both a  2017 Kirkus and Pulitzer Prize, and Motherlode/La Veta Madre (Blue Oak/ Capra Press), he has been awarded the Bazzanella Literary Award for both poetry and short fiction.

His work has appeared in the Range of Light Anthology, From These Hills: Stories and Poems of The American West, Sulfur, Sierra Journal, Poetry Now, News From Native California


and other magazines. A short story “In the Mouth of Heaven” was nominated to appear in the anthology: Best New Voices in American Fiction.

He gives readings of both poetry, fiction and biography and has appeared at Sierra College, The University of Oklahoma, CSU Chico, The University of Arizona, Southern Oregon College and other venues as well as being sponsored to lecture on writing by Poets & Writers Inc.

Serving on the Board of Directors of the Sierra College Press he is currently completing a biography of the Native Californian known as Ishi, and a young adult novel River Sons and Daughters about a boy who uses the power of story to save a river and his community from destruction.