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.

Self-Portrait.

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.

Song of the Week feature up and running on Coldfront!

Song of the Week, a new weekly (duh) feature is up and running now on Coldfront.  Well, it’s actually been up for a few weeks already!  I’m just a little slow getting this information up here.

Basically, the premise of Song of the Week is to get poets to write about one song in 150 words or less, with pieces updated every Monday.  This feature is in addition to the monthly Poets off Poetry series, which by the way, I have a great POP essay by Ed Skoog to post later this week!

So far you can read Song of the Week pieces by Elaine Equi, J. Michael Wahlgren, Dustin Luke Nelson, and Eric Amling.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute a Song of the Week piece, be in touch!  You can email me at jackie@coldfrontmag.com.

In other news, I got a two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kind of awesome.  I will be away from November 20- December 3.  I’m a little bummed to be away for Thanksgiving but this may be the only chance I get to do something like this so I think I have to go for it!