• Lending Whale

Swimming Through Debris

I have returned to the blog as a way to keep interest flowing here at my website, to inform you of my readings, teaching, and publications, and to share with you opportunities that may interest you. I may also muse about things of interest. I'm sticking with LendingWhale as my blog name, a name that derives from the indigenous American belief that the whale, having witnessed the birth of Turtle Island (land, North America, and its occupants), is an archive of the stories. I am the whale that lends to you.

Coming up this Sunday, August 16th, at 3:00 pm, I am giving a reading through Poets' Corner series at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. If there wasn't a pandemic forcing social distancing, I'd give you 20 minutes of poetry in the United Methodist Church in Putnam Valley, New York. But since the reading is being offered through Zoom, more people can attend from outside the area, and that's a good outcome. The whole event, hosted by Anne Graue, that includes an Open Mic, is from 3:00-4:30 pm, EST.

I will be teaching a 4-week Thursday late afternoon poetry publishing class through Hudson Valley Writers Center's Zoom account, September 10th through October 1st. Check out details on my Calendar page in the next week, or on the Center's Upcoming Workshops page. The Hudson Valley Writers Center is housed in the old MetroNorth train depot at the Philipse Manor stop in Sleepy Hollow, New York. It is an enriching and encouraging place that needs support to continue. With Zoom bringing guest writers and teachers, students and audience members from outside the area, as well as within, the center is benefitting even more from the wider community. They offer numerous workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and playwriting, and host many readings in that same train depot --in normal times-- overlooking the Hudson River. This year's Gala on October 30th honoring Toi Derricotte, Jericho Brown, Susan Choi, Katharine Holabird, and Leslie Jamison will also be on Zoom. If you are able, please make a donation or buy a ticket to attend the Gala.

Let's be hopeful about the future of travel and creativity. The National Parks Arts Foundation offers Artist-in-Residency programs, and are currently accepting applications for 2021 month-long residencies in Death Valley National Park in California's Mojave Desert, with $2,000 stipend (Nov. 13th for January), Fort Union National Monument in Northern New Mexico--including a veterans Spring residence term (Oct 7th for April and October), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, with $2,000 stipend (Sept 4th for June, July, Aug & Sept). The deadline has passed for the 2021 Gettysburg National Military Park residencies in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with $1,000 stipend, running from February through September, with two secured for veterans in January and April. Next year the deadline will be in May.

Now that the whale has moved past all the debris getting in her way, you can expect regular, monthly posts. Keep out of danger, and keep writing and reading.

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