Belated Summer Recap

In which I actually attempt to catch up on my blog by sharing mostly images from my amazing residency on Mt. Hood in Oregon and the inspiring A Room of Her Own Retreat in Abiqui, New Mexico.

In some ways, all of that time in nature feels incredibly far away, as I settle into a new life in St. Louis–and in other ways, it all feels quite close. Right before we left Mt. Hood, Ryan Pierce (co-founder of Signal Fire, affectionately known as Tarp Tarmac, one half of the dream team that staffed the residency, and artist) encouraged us to keep a piece of the mountain with us as we navigated landing back in the real world. I’ve got that piece with me, and a lot of pictures of clouds because it’s true, the sky really is bigger in New Mexico.

(And yes, I wrote some things in these places and maybe soon I will say something about that.)

The 2015 AROHO Retreat

arohoSuper-honored to have been chosen as the Los Angeles Review fellow for the 2015 AROHO (A Room of Her Own) Retreat in Abiquiu, New Mexico! I’m in amazing company–so many brilliant poets, nonfiction writers, novelists, and more. You can read about all the participating writers here. The AROHO Retreat is “not simply a retreat, and much more than a writer’s conference, AROHO’s Retreat & Waves Discussion Series is a week-long interdisciplinary experience shaped by our transformative and generous history.” Even though it’s not until August of next year, I’m already stoked. A huge thanks to the Los Angeles Review for providing this fellowship, which goes to a woman who is an editor or works in independent publishing.

“I’m fundamentally, I think, an outsider. I do my best work and feel most braced with my back to the wall. It’s an odd feeling, though, writing against the current: difficult entirely to disregard the current. Yet of course I shall.” —Virginia Woolf’s Diary, November 22, 1938