Tagged with writing

Nature’s Plain Language

Nature’s Plain Language

In this guest post, award-winning visual artist and author Jennifer O’Neill Pickering explores changing patterns in nature. Her writing is featured on Restore/Restory: a People’s History of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Her poem “I Am the Creek” was selected for the Sacramento site-specific sculpture, “Open Circle”. She blogs at Jennifer’s Art and Words. Madonna and Child This morning … Continue reading

The Wind Enjoys Your Body

The Wind Enjoys Your Body

In “Fighting Time”, BK Loren describes a visit to a Chinese acupuncturist who she hoped would give her a diagnosis for the bizarre, debilitating, frightening symptoms that had suddenly overtaken her body, symptoms like intermittent speech loss, radical sleep disruption, and–strangest of all given that she had not recently given birth–lactation. “The wind enjoys your … Continue reading

Turn to the Poets

Turn to the Poets

Closing in on the end of a year of zombies, Mayan prophesies, dramatic elections, and abundant natural disasters and scandals, not to mention a cluster of unforeseen personal crises swirling in and around the lives of my friends and family (as well as my own), I’ve been thinking about the nature of fear. There seems … Continue reading

BK and the Beasts: The Compassion of Conservation

BK and the Beasts: The Compassion of Conservation

Sometimes, when the world gets to be too much, you just want to lie on your back on the shady grass and read the literary equivalent of fluffernutter sandwich. Or you want to pay to sit for two hours in an air-conditioned theatre and be engulfed in pleasant fantasy. When you emerge, the world is … Continue reading

What’s Writing Got to Do with It?

I remember once upon a time having a conversation with a board member for an organization for whom I was working. I suppose he assumed that I had a degree in sociology or international relations. After I explained the career journey that started with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, he gave me … Continue reading