Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Forbes Writing Room Reading

Forbes Writing Room Reading
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
7 p.m.
Coolidge Museum

 writing room
 Every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9:30-12:30, writers of every description -- novelists, poets, memoir writers, essayists, journalists, translators, performance artists and more -- join Forbes Library Writer In Residence Susan Stinson for companionable writing time. The Writing Room has been open for two years, so we're celebrating with a reading. We end our writing time together with the option of sharing a quick taste of our writing, and now we're offering a sampler to the community.   

Join us to hear:

Katie Arroyo
Sally Bellerose
Kat Good-Schiff
Jamila Gore
Bill Gural
Cynthia Hinckley
Grace LeClair
Rick McNeil
Kristi Mientka
Naila Moreira
Mary Nelen
Megan Nolan
Mistinguette Smith
Jill Turner
Susan Stinson

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blueberry Memories

Here's one of the poems I wrote last month during National Poetry Month. It's part of a series I'm working on, a memoir told through plants. This prose poems combines a happy childhood memory with an adult's perspective on the oblivious selfishness we all have as children and must overcome to grow up as considerate people who will take care of our world and respect each other. The title is the scientific name for wild blueberries.

Vaccinium angustifolium

I was sent to summer camp. We made things: bracelets, a tipi. We swam and sang. Every Saturday, a yellow bus took us with our brown bag PB&Js to the foot of a mountain. Climbing separated customary clusters of friends. I saw strange trees. My feet learned about rocks. At the top, all that wind and more sunshine than we knew what to do with. Handfuls of tart little blueberries proffered themselves from short bushes with tiny leaves. Was everything in the world designed to care for us? We left our orange peels on the rocks.