This autumnal season has been full of enriching art, literary art and visual art with Clark County Open Studios, Sitka Art Invitational and Portland Book Festival, plus Audubon Wild Arts Festival later this month. Made on 23rd includes me as a Featured Artist: http://madeon23rd.com/
Grateful to hear many poets and writers including Diannely Antigua, Sally Wen-Mao, Morgan Parker, Paisley Rekdal, Jake Skeets, Dao Strom and others.
Plus the Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac
with Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, a
perfect line up before a Taurus Full Moon, Scorpio Sun and Mercury Retrograde.
This New Moon in Scorpio turns the wheel of the year to Samhain, a liminal time of listening to the autumnal migration: Dusky Geese, Trumpeter Swans, and Sandhill Cranes overhead with yellow, orange, topaz, and gold leaves twirling to the ground while rain, wind, and darkness increases. May we honor our ancestors, listen to the spirits, celebrate this seasonal time of harvest and gratitude. May we release what we no longer need to carry, and invite in what we want in our lives.
On Sunday, October 20thRefugee & Migrant Rights Fundraiser: A reading and concert in support of
South Texas Humanitarian Border Aide. Kim Stafford, Ana Maria Ferreira, Sophia
Shalmiyev, Armin Tolentino and I will be
Quintanilla, 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate
What a gift to have an AWP breakfast gathering with a few poet laureates from around the country convened by Kim Stafford and Claudia Castro Luna last week. And the gift of discovering many new books of poets to read, new resources, poetas and compañeras de escritura.
Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, will be at the Vancouver Community Library, Thursday, April 11, 2019 and again for a community Taller de Poesía, Spanish Poetry Workshop, Saturday, June 29, 2019.
Community collaborations I am working on are highlighted in an interview by Jackie Genis in this month’s Arts Brief:
“Faith of olive-green wings
a small red circle on her crown,
kwee! kwee! kwee!
an insistent call and tapping
at my studio window as
she flies from the Western Red Cedar
back and forth from the tree to my window…”
“Each day I wander through the landscape of spirit: this evening painting…” “Window, Winter” Gwendolyn Morgan, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea (Pawcatuck, Homebound Publications, 2013) p. 8
With gratitude to Erin Dengerink and Don Gray for their inspiration at Art at the CAVE Gallery, Vancouver, this month “seeking beauty and hope in a complicated world.” Thanks to Erin for gifting us at First Friday with “art balm” and “divining cards,” (as in photo) softening the skin of creativity. May this year bring spaciousness for painting, reading, writing poetry, creating new art work in the company of many poets and writers, painters and artists, musicians and dancers, dreamers and creatives.