Teaching myself how to make art (April 2017)
Some poems have disappeared over time. Every writer has at least one: a half-memory of some pivotal moment that no longer has any physical proof. I can clearly picture one day after school in the 7th grade while I watched a boy I didn’t know I loved read a poem I wrote for him. I … Continue reading Brandon and my Great, Gaping Heart
In 2018, community can happen anywhere. I just happened to find some pretty amazing inspiration on Kickstarter. So far, I’ve helped support a variety of arts-oriented projects, including: A library in the UK An arts center in the Pacific Northwest A community print shop in Vermont (one of our on-again-off-again married dreams, minus the Vermont … Continue reading Why Kickstarter?
This weirdly cool Economist Postcard set at the ever-delightful Seminary Co-Op bookstore 2. A recent book by my favorite living artist, Maira Kalman, and a cool postcard set by Mark Mothersbaugh 3. Selected writings of Ray Johnson. He was into this whole mail art thing. 4. Collected nonfiction by the wonderful Sandra Cisneros (also at … Continue reading Recent Finds
When I used to sit down to write, I heard a lot of voices in my head. Some sounded like the person I wanted to be. Some were my grandmothers and other imagined ancestors. One was a collective shout of all the Baptists I've known. Many were the writers I loved. No matter who it … Continue reading Call and Response (Or, Learning to Love my own Voice)