Upon My Return from Vermont Studio Center, New POP, and More Songs of the Week

Well, it’s been about a week since I’ve been back from the Vermont Studio Center.  It was kind of a tough week, re-entering, going back to work, etc.  I was at VSC for two weeks and it was a pretty amazing experience.  I have never done anything like VSC before.  There is truly something to be said about having time to let your brain breathe, to come to creativity.  And about not being in New York.  Here are some photos.

Peace through Culture.

My sleeping room.

My sleeping house.

My studio.  Outside that window there is a river.

Here is the river.

This the the building my studio is in.

The Red Mill, where the dining hall is.

A morning walk.

An afternoon walk.

A snowing morning.

Wisdom found in one of the artist’s studios.


Being at VSC is something I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to experience and hope it will inform future decisions in my life.

In other news, the new Poets off Poetry is up now featuring a collaborative piece by Travis Nichols and Paul Killebrew.  You can read the essay here.  Next month brings us another collaborative piece by three lovely ladies: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Božičević!

Also, more Songs of the Week you should know about by: Lily Ladewig, Allen Edwin Butt,  Jillian Weise, and Mathias Svalina.

Even though it was a rough week transitioning back to my everyday responsibilities, I did get to go on a wonderful date to see an evening of the Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour at BAM.  Here is an excerpted video of BIPED from 1999, one of the pieces we saw at BAM.  I don’t know much about dance but found myself enthralled.

I Was a Natural Wonder, New POP, and Reading Poems this Friday!

Lily Ladewig and Anna Cecelia Holmes run a neat collaborative project called I Am a Natural Wonder, wherein they ask poets to write a poem using “I Am a Natural Wonder” as the title.  The project started off as a collaboration between Lily and Anna (you can see the eChap of their collaboration published by Blue Hour press here).  Then they started asking others to contribute.  You can read mine here.  Thanks Lily and Anna!

In other news, the latest POP is up and available for your reading pleasure, featuring an essay about Dave Davies of The Kinks by Ish Klein.  Check the essay out here.  Thank you Ish!

The next few months of POP are already jammed packed with good stuff. Next month brings us an essay by Marshall Walker Lee of Poor Claudia fame.  Did I tell you that I have some poems in Poor Claudia 4?  Because I do, and I’m in good company! Order it for yourself and see!  Then May brings us the month of Matt Hart, whose essay will appear in four parts over the course of the month.  Awesome.

Also, soon I will be launching a new feature on Coldfront called Song of the Week in which poets write about one song in 150 words or less.  Stay tuned for that.  I hope to have the new feature up and running within the next month.  If you or someone you know would be interested in writing a piece for Song of the Week please contact me at jackie [at] coldfrontmag [dot] com.

And lastly, I will be reading for Stain this Friday at Goodbye Blue Monday.  I’m reading with some rad people.  Maybe see you there?