First Friday Artwalk
Dream! Paint! Sing! ¡Sueñe! ¡Pinte! ¡Cante!
pequeños animales caprichosos
Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 5:00 – 9:00
Show: August 3 – 31st
Where: Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
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First Friday Opening Reception:https://www.facebook.com/events/283508692392825/
Willamette Writers just announced that one of my poems has received third place again in
the Paulann Petersen Award for Poetry:
Kay Snow Writing Contest
Stay Wild: Read
In her EcoAstrology: Libra-Aries New Moon update, Stephanie Austin writes:
“Keep your spiritual seatbelt snuggly fastened; the next two weeks may be some of the most turbulent and transformative of 2018. A dynamic New Moon in Aries conjunct Uranus, plus three planets changing direction, Chiron entering Aries, and Mars conjunct Pluto impel us to thoroughly weed through our life, so that we have more time, space and resources for what we want to cultivate now….”
With so much gratefulness to Jason Kirkey, publisher and editor of Hiraeth Press, and L.M. Browning, publisher and editor of Homebound Publications for their on-going literary support. Both small presses valiantly champion poetry, literature and care of the environment in this tenuous time on the planet. It is with sadness to learn that Hiraeth Press is closing its doors, “returning to the earth.” And with gratitude that I have been embraced as an author by Homebound Press. My books may now be found in the Homebound Press bookstore:
Author Page: https://homeboundpublications.com/gwendolyn-morgan/
Crow Feathers’s Book Page: https://homeboundpublications.com/crow-feathers-red-ochre-green-tea-by-gwendolyn-morgan/
Snowy Owl’s Book Page: https://homeboundpublications.com/snowy-owls-egrets-and-unexpected-graces-by-gwendolyn-morgan/
Please note L.M. Brownings own book launch of To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity.
Thankfulness for small Indie presses and bookstores, libraries, art galleries and studios. See Homebound’s “Stay Wild: Read! Help us ensure the mainstream isn’t the only stream…”
With gratitude to Syracuse Cultural Workers for the inclusion of my painting “Solstice Fox” (above) in the Women Artists 2018 Datebook (May 21, 2018).
Painting of Magic Sam in memory of him, Marci Van Ausdall, Lavender Dreams Farm, and Jnani Chapman, Commonweal, bright spirits who continue shining their love-light after they have left our sphere. Honoring them with remembrances at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, Apifera Farm and Washington State Artists Trust.
Commonweal Cancer Help Program
With gratitude for rain, doves, autumn leaves, Green Heron on Salmon Creek trail, the turning of the wheel of the year…
This autumn my poetry Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces will join other indie books and presses at Wordstock 2017: Portland’s Book Festival as well as the Frankfurt Book Fair.
2017 Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival
With gratitude to Willamette Writers staff and volunteers for all their work supporting poets and writers in the Northwest. This weekend I am grateful to be amongst those recognized with third place for “Seven Mourning Doves” in the Paulann Peterson Award for Poetry, Kay Snow Writing Contest.
mourning doves photograph by B. MacQueen
Every morning, the deer, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and a menagerie of wild birds greet us. The deer enjoy eating birdseed out of the “squirrel-proof” feeder. The Evening Grosbeak, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and a variety of songbirds also do. If you look closely at this photo you will see the doe as well as raccoon, chickaree, and rabbit among the greenery. As we look into our backyard this Summer, we are thankful for their healing presence in our lives each day.
This past year, I have asked other writers, musicians and artists: How is your writing, music and art transforming your life? For me and many of us it is a healing process – we focus our energy toward both healing ourselves, healing the world, caring for ourselves, caring for the world. And in this jagged time on our planet, it is important that we offer our gifts, humbly and graciously. It is important we offer offer compassion to one another as we offer our spoken word. It is important that we listen to the birds, trees, animals, and all the creatures that visit us each day.
How can we envision a way of peace and justice, compassion and equity for all sentient beings? It seems important to tap into deep wellsprings for the sake of our own transformation. Yet it is also time to send these creative energies out into the world because we are in desperate need for resistance, for saying no to hate, death and destruction, for offering the gift of compassion and respect, the witness of lovingkindness and grace.* How are you sharing your gifts in the world?
*Friends of Silence, Vol. XXIX, No. 7
Thankful that Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces, Hiraeth Press, is a 2016 Nautilus Book Award Winner, Gold in Poetry!
With gratitude for the turning of the wheel of the year, for sunlight, sun dogs, moonlight, celestials…. and all those who are caring for our earth, our home…
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I am grateful that Snowy Owls, Egrets, and Unexpected Graces, my book of prose and poetry published by Hiraeth Press, has been named as a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards Finalist.
As we enter this the new season of Spring, may be renewed with a desire to create, to push forward for art and music, equity and justice, just as daffodils, crocus, grape hyacinth and cherry blossoms burst into bloom. What illuminates our landscape in the midst of global challenges? How are we sharing our light and compassion in a world seemingly flush with hatred and greed? As the light of Spring returns in the northern hemisphere, may we remember that what we do makes a difference. May we be surrounded by paint palettes, poetry books, pottery wheels, passionate essays, cellos, flutes, pianos and drums. May we be known as a part of a community that cares and stands up for each other with dignity and respect.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:00 PM reading with local poets at Portland bookstore:
Another Read Through
3932 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227