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Hello from beautiful Provincetown, where I have been ensconced for the last week, teaching a daily memoir intensive workshop at the amazing Fine Arts Work Center. Much as it had been my intention to post from here, I wasn’t able to because of a confluence of teaching-related events. But I am here now, and I’m happy to share with you the things that are currently captivating me (even very quietly).
The Fine Arts Work Center You Tube Channel: Go down the FAWC creative rabbit hole by watching great videos of faculty authors and artists speaking to students and other members of the FAWC community. I read last week for the first time from my new book-in-progress, On Permission, which is coming from Godine Books in 2024.
I discovered exactly how refreshing it is to immerse oneself in saltwater first thing in the morning, before the day begins. I did this in Provincetown Harbor, and I will do it every day I’m there next year, Find yourself a quiet body of (preferably) saltwater, and take a plunge. Your body, joints, and soul will thank you.
I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to read her memoir, but it might be because I’ve been so devoted to Kelle Groom’s beautiful poetry for so long. But now, I am deep in her stunning I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl. I can’t put down this shimmering story of art and resilience, and I look forward to her next memoir-in-essays, How to Live, which is coming in 2023 from Tupelo Press.
After a week of eating complicated food, I found myself craving fish, simply prepared. I made this keeper-of-a-recipe for my students as a farewell send-off, and it was a hit. It’s excellent hot, cold, room temperature, or formed into patties and pan-fried the next day.
What am I watching? Currently, nothing. I am staying as far from the news cycle as I can get. Do yourselves a favor: take a break. It’ll be waiting for you to come back.
Until later this week, stay cool!
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