RVA Litcrawl was birthed in a period of distraction. I was busy writing my book on somatics due in a few months and paused from tapping at the keyboard. Out of habit, I checked out Facebook. I learned that friends in Denver were taking part in a litcrawl. What fun!
A vision of book lovers intoxicated with words standing wobbly on the sidewalk, friends walking to their cars swooning from a passage, or scene or line from a reading captured me. I put out a call on Facebook. Richmond, being the city of writers that it is, responded.
With the help of fellow writers Meriah Crawford, Lenore Gay, and Patty Smith, Richmond will have its first ever litcrawl. Fifteen readings with over 75 writers at venues across the city will be gathering to celebrate writing!
My books and projects start with a compelling vision. A What If appears in mind and nudges into the foreground of my awareness. If it persists, I know I must act. That persistence is important. How else to sustain the months and years it can take to bring a vision to fruition? Gladly I yield to the force of the creative impulse. It brings much needed beauty and humility to a world too often raw and belligerent. It generates conversation and connection where there may otherwise be alienation and despair. A literate community is a community that recognizes the power of words as an opening, as an eternal spring of creativity.
RVA Litcrawl is one such project. Check out the link for more information.
At this year’s Los Angeles AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Leslie Samuels Entsminger, Jan Freeman, Renee Olander, and myself participated in a panel called Literary Foremothers and Filling the Gaps. We wanted to honor women writers who have influenced our writing. Renee teaches women’s literature at Old Dominion University and built a substantial lifetime Continue reading
I’m headed to the Midwest in a few weeks to teach Writing From the Body and Contact Improvisation and to read from my works. Join me in Minneapolis MN and Viroqua WI!
April 9 at 514 Studios, Minneapolis MN
Contact Improvisation Workshop
April 13 with Body Cartography Project, Cowles Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis MN
Writing From the Body Class in Minneapolis
An Afternoon Writing From the Body Class
April 14, 2015 1:30-4:30
The Loft Literary Center
1011 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55415
Register with the Loft
Writing From the Body Retreat in Viroqua WI
Nature Nooks Retreat, a Conference Center and Nature Reserve
April 17 and 18, 2015
S4878 Cty. Rd. S
Viroqua, WI 54665
$140 for 2 days, $80 for 1 day; $25 deposit; Register with me.
On-site cabins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve through Nature Nooks. Or find a place nearby in Viroqua.
April 16: Come a day early to enjoy the beautiful environment and receive a Healing Touch/Reiki session or an individualized writing consult ($60)
A 30 foot tall tree fell across my yard after an intense wind storm recently. No more shade. No more home for birds, squirrels, and insects. As its broken branches stretch over dirt and leaves wilt, I mourn this once reliant neighbor. All things change, I am reminded. The challenge is to find opportunity and uplift with every shift, regardless of an initial appearance as a welcome event or not.
While I call tree removal specialists and vision the yard with more sun, Donna Harmony Jones, a holistic nurse, contacted me from Florida to Continue reading
News: I received this year’s Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts! I am honored to be among fellow esteemed writers and artists. Richmond Magazine included an article about the award in their November issue, which you can read here.