Join Me for a Community Lecture (One of Five) in Orange County, Funded through the CA Civil Liberties (CA State Library) and Moderated by Yours Truly
The ORANGE COUNTY PLACEMAKING ROADSHOW kicks off in Anaheim at Muzeo on October 6. This special event features conversations and performances with Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa, Patti Hirahara, Jonelle Strickland, Chef Shachi Mehra, Chef Daniella Malfitano, and Harlis Sweetwater.
$400 at stake for three rounds of Slam. My scores in round one: a "nine," an "eight," and (wait for it...) a "one." I am eliminated in the company of friends and artists who understand all too well that life isn't always how one person sees it. Why a one, you ask? (Because I used that word.) But would I do it again? In a hot second, yes!
Why does one take time away from work, family, and the status quo to fly across a mountain range in Colorado, straight through a rainbow, and thwack onto the tarmac where a lightening storm keeps her grounded for another hour in anticipation of whatever is to come?
The answer, I think, has something to do with finding the restorative energy to return to all of these wonders and to see them, perhaps in a new light.
What I took away from Aspen Words this year was not the editor or agent whose calling was to launch my career (poets, I can hear you all laughing), but the peace of mind that literature, in all of its myriad forms, can and does still matter.
Today, I am grateful for having shared a week with each of you. You have given me each a lifetime of wonder.
Thank you, Aspen. And thank you, words.
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For six weeks, I will have the opportunity to bring to completion a collection of short stories. My critics? The trees and the lake. I am feeling humbled and slightly intimidated, in the best possible way. (I also love the fact that I am a "no-name" author.) ;) Cheers to all of us who haven't yet found our names.
Visit 1888.center to learn about upcoming events in music, visual arts, and literature. I am so proud of you, Kevin Staniec, and the 1888 team.
This past week has been divided between the White Mountain School, by day, for poetry workshops and Robert Frost's barn, by night, for poetry readings. It has been an honor to have worked alongside so many talented poets this week who also, coincidentally, have turned out to be some pretty awesome companions. Thank you, The Frost Place, and my workshop.
Narrative storytelling in Fullerton, CA @8 PM at Max Bloom's. I'll be sharing the spotlight with poet Bryan Banuelos and all the wonderful folks who come out regularly the first Saturday of each month. Get your story on!
For all of us who believe there is not one way. One genre. One spirit. One answer. Or even one question. This blog is for the writer before she was so, as well as for the reader who defies her expectations every time: it is for the poets, satirists, fiction writers, essayists, diarists, and ancient word wanderers; this blog is for the infinitely unwritten. To each, a celebration. A celebration to all.