Summer rambling

Even though these photos below don’t look like summer, the time is here. In the next few months, I’m heading far and wide on some grand adventures. I’m honored to have already participated in Asylum Arts’ International Jewish Artist Retreat in Garrison, NY, a four-day gathering of 80 artists from around the world, working in a variety of disciplines.

In a few weeks, I’ll be a part of the 20-person gathering called Tent: Creative Writing 2015, a week-long seminar for writers and readers, hosted by the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. In early August, I’ll head to a different kind of tent–a 12×12 canvas one located somewhere in the Central Cascades of Oregon, where I’m taking part in Signal Fire’s Outpost Residency. I may even bring my typewriter! A day later, I fly down to New Mexico for the A Room Of Her Own Retreat (which was actually what sparked this summer of writing-focused experiences).

The photos below are from a jaunt to Bishop, California, where I was visiting a friend who’s hiking the PCT. I had never been to Yosemite, and Tioga Pass was miraculously open both times, despite big winter storms in the area. Many good spots to pull over and admire the mountains made the drive a little longer than usual.

Lastly, I’m stoked to have my poem, “I’ve Knelt In A Lot Of Places” alongside some stellar prose, poetry, and art in Yale’s Letters journal (PDF download).

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The magic of the North Carolina mountains

wildacresI just returned from a magical writing residency at Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC, where I had the honor of being there for  a week to work on my writing. I revised older poems, wrote new (weird) ones, started a few fragmented essays, sat in on a book arts demo (and made a few one-sheet books!), took walks, and napped in the gorgeous cabin. The people of Wildacres are wonderfully kind and gentle and I got to be there at the same time as a group of adult learners from Ringling College of Art & Design, who were painting, drawing, making books, and throwing clay.

 

wildacres caroline kesslerIt was a total gift to have so much quiet, focused time to spend just on my work. More to come soon, including books I’ve been reading recently and a new poem that just got published.