At a time when we’re thinking back to all that has happened in the world this year, I’m grateful not only for the health and prosperity of my growing family, but for the amazing opportunities for creative collaboration my community provides. Here are just a few highlights from 2014…
Hitting the Road with HoCoPoLitSo
Through the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s writer-in-residence program, I had the honor of sharing my book arts and poetry with students at a dozen Howard County high schools and the Howard County Community College in early 2014. Nothing grounds you quite so much as selling rooms full of teens on poetry, but it’s an experience I’ll treasure forever. Plus, I convinced several students to participate in this special ekphrasis project.
Baltimore: The Land of Opportunity
My city never ceases to amaze me. There’s always a new creative project around the corner. This year, I got to read poetry and make magic books with kids at the Baltimore Book Festival; participate in a show to honor a late, great Bmore poet; make a book portrait of stranger and see it projected 50-feet tall on a Charles Street billboard (and, later, a haiku); and be featured in the wonderful Goucher alumni magazine. Thank you, Baltimore, for keeping us all so busy and inspired!
I <3 the Webby Web Web Web
This year marked the fifth anniversary of The Light Ekphrastic, my online ekphrasis journal. (I’m still processing that.) My friend Erika and I also did a second run of our Trapped in the Skyrt blog, where we dressed up each day in May for an epic battle of the beltways. (There was at least one unicorn involved.) And, thanks to Sole Connection, a wonderful Tumblr that invites photos and stories centered around shoes, I had a chance to share my biggest news of the year in a very special way.
This was the year I read The Goldfinch, and finally finished a Pynchon novel (the shortest one, for the record). My book club turned 12…what?? It’s the year I got to meet the famous pop-up artist Paul Johnson at Goucher. And, most importantly/much to my husband’s chagrin, it’s the year I watched the series Twin Peaks in its entirety. Life may never be the same.
The Best People on Earth
I was kidding about Twin Peaks being the most important. Obviously, that distinction belongs to my wonderful family and friends…the people who support, teach and love me. This year, we have welcomed beautiful babies into the family, and celebrated the marriage of friends. I count myself lucky to have been a part of it…and I look forward to an excellent new year ahead!