"My son, Dana Graves, who lives in Clarkston, Washington, overlooking the Snake River,
decided to try his hand at writing poetry because if I could do it, he should be able to do
it, too, since we have the same genes. I love that reasoning! He has led a varied and
interesting life and his writing reflects some of those experiences." ~Millie Graves  

If Dana had a motto, it should be, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Dana has always loved a
challenge, fi nding them with a variety of jobs. He tried his hand at bull riding in a rodeo; he’
s been a logger in Oregon & Idaho and a construction worker. He worked on an oil rig in
Wyoming, at an army depot in Utah, and on the railroad in California. He hiked the
Chilkoot Trail, the path of gold seekers of the 1800s and followed a series of jobs in
Alaska... fishing, mechanic, and cattle rancher on the islands of Kodiak, Sitkalidak and
Sitkinak. He began journaling during the confinement of bad weather and short days and
long nights, which later led to his writing poetry. In his spare time Dana has enjoyed
hunting, fishing and flying his plane. He now lives in Stites, Idaho with his wife Paula.
During his life, Dana has had some close brushes with death... but he still rushes headlong
into life. (
Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology)

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Index of Groundwaters contributions:
Volume 2 Issue 2 - “Silver Quarters and Dimes” and “Snowflake to Seascape” (poetry)
Volume 2 Issue 3 - “Guzzlin’ Gas or Burnin’ Grass,” “The Tree House” and “An Eight
Second Ride
”  (poetry)
Volume 2 Issue 4 - “Riding the Wild Bulls” (poetry)
Volume 3 Issue 1 - “Silence to Create” (poetry)
Volume 3 Issue 2 - “Snowflake to Seascape” and “Growing Up in Laramie” (poetry)
Volume 8 Issue 4 - “High Adventure, Low Pay" (poetry)
Volume 9 Issue 2 - "An Old Island Ranch" and "Nobody's Home" (poetry)
Volume 9 Issue 3 - "Harsh Lesson" (poetry)
Volume 9 Issue 4 - "Running Wild Island Bulls" (poetry)
Volume 10 Issue 1 - "Forget the Color of Your Skin" (poetry)
Volume 10 Issue 2 - "My Trip Out West" (poetry)
Volume 10 Issue 3 - "Everyday Risks" (poetry)

Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology:  "Lochsa River Rescue" (personal experience/non-
fiction) - page 88
Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology:  "The High Climber" (non-fiction/life's lessons) -
page 26
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "Peace Within Your Soul" (poetry/reflection); "High
Adventure; Low Pay" - page 42; "Adventures of a Lifetime" (non-fiction/adventure) - page
Dana Graves
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