Residency Wrap-Up & Storytelling Events Ahead
We spend all summer moving through the salmon season, yet September always sneaks up on me. It lunges out from where it’s been hiding, hunched behind the corner of August. I jump every time.
The end of my residency with the North Cascades Institute feels similarly startling. It shouldn’t: my February 15 move-out has been approaching ever since I moved in on November 20. This conclusion stirs in me an ambivalence similar to the fishing season’s end. Being here has been a tremendous privilege, in terms of the work I’ve been able to accomplish and the gift of being welcomed into the NCI community. I’ll miss this beautiful place and its people.
Goodbyes are part of my seasonal life. The joy of returning to one community tempers the pain of leaving another. I’ve missed Cap’n J and Bear the Boat Cat, and am looking forward to exciting events (a whole list of them below). Regardless of my many migrations, I’m still learning how to put the gifts of an experience above the grieving of its end. Saying goodbye to the ELC staff and students will be another lesson.
The celebrations ahead will help. After months of mountain seclusion, I’m plunging back into socialization, with a full calendar of readings. If you’re in the area, know that you’re invited. I’d love to see you.
Reading / Residency Reflection. Environmental Learning Center, North Cascades Institute, Thursday, February 6, at 1:15 in the dining hall. If you’d like to join us for a fabulous $5 lunch at noon, please do let me know in the comments by Monday, as a menu planning courtesy to the chef. (And the chef? Remember our dear friend Betsy? Lucky you, getting a Betsy meal!)
It’s quite an extravaganza this year, friends. We’ve got a pre-Gathering warm-up in Portland. I’ll be one of many performers at the Jack London Bar, Wednesday, February 19, 7 to 10 pm, $5 cover. This line-up makes me swoon: Moe Bowstern, Toby Sullivan, Pat Dixon, Billie Delaney, Steve Schoonmaker, Rob Seitz — plus Joel Brady-Power in his debut performance! (After two years’ dipping his toes in the on-site poetry contest, he’s making it official this year.) I’m all a-flutter over this night.
FisherPoets Gathering is February 20 — 23, in Astoria, Oregon. The schedule is almost ready… but not quite. Keep a close eye on the website, and follow the FisherPoets page on Facebook for the latest updates. Remember, even if you can’t join us in person, you can enjoy the Astoria Events Center performances online, thanks to KMUN’s live-streaming. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate from the comfort of home.
You can catch a closing show back in Portland, again at the Jack London on Monday, February 24, 7 to 9 pm, featuring another stellar crew: Meezie Hermansen, Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Rob Seitz, Rich King, Abigail Calkin, and Moe Bowstern.)
Last is an event that I’m particularly honored to join. She Tells Sea Tales: An Evening of Storytelling is a fundraiser for the Northwest Maritime Center Girls Boat Project in Port Townsend, Washington. It’s Saturday, March 8 — International Women’s Day! — from 7 to 10 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center, and features regional authors Kelley Watson, Billie Delaney, Moe Bowstern, Erin Fristad, Holly Hughes, Emily Monson, Barbara Sjoholm, Diana Talley, and me. Tickets are $15, available here. I hope you’ll join us in supporting the Girls Boat Project.
That’s a whole lot of goodness coming up fast, buddies. Meanwhile, I’ve got two weeks left to make the most of. The airwaves will be quiet. My letter-writing has slowed, too, so if I owe you a response, know that it’s on its way… Just not quite yet. All of you who’ve taken the time and care to write, I can’t tell you how much your presence has carried me through this process.
Signing off, sweeties, with love and gratitude,
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Marblemount, WA 98267