Friends

Organizations:

Full Spectrum Farms
Full Spectrum Farms is a nonprofit organization and working farm in Cullowhee, North Carolina, serving children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families. At Full Spectrum Farms, farmers “live, work, and become a functioning part of the larger community.”
www.fullspectrumfarms.org

The Montana Artists Refuge
I was an October Writer-in-Residence at MAR back in 2007, and my time there changed the way I thought about myself as a writer. Sadly, MAR has closed its doors. Here, a fitting tribute in the October 2011 issue of The Billings Gazette.

The North Carolina Arts Council
http://www.ncarts.org

The North Carolina Writers’ Network
www.ncwriters.org

The South Carolina Writers’ Workshop
http://myscww.org

Vermont College of Fine Arts
http://www.vcfa.edu/
I completed my MFA in Writing (Fiction) from VCFA in Summer 2014. 

Vermont Studio Center
http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org
I spent February 2008 at VSC as the recipient of a full fellowship in fiction. There, in a private writing studio (the Jane Austen room) all my creative engines fired. I made incredible artist friends, was buoyed by their talents and generosity, ate mouth-watering local food (cheeses, breads, ciders, syrups, oh my) and cross country skiied alongside the frozen Gihon River. I’d return in a heartbeat. 

Individuals:

Ben Muldrow
http://downtownbranding.blogspot.com/
Ben is the talent behind the amazing design of www.katherinescottcrawford.com. He’s a partner at Arnett, Muldrow & Associates in Greenville, S.C., and he helps towns find their soul. We’ve been friends since the 8th grade.

Amy Wallen
Amy is the author of When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories (essays), Moon Pies and Movie Stars (novel), and countless essays and stories. She’s the Associate Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and hosts the Big Picture Workshop–a writers’ workshop focusing on large manuscript submissions–in California. Amy and I met as graduate students at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. We made an epic 20 minute hike together, laughing the entire time, and the rest is history. She’s a kindred spirit. 

Christine Byl
Christine and I met at the Vermont Studio Center in 2008. The first piece of writing she shared with me was a “cowboy poem,” and it made me laugh, recognize her as a kindred spirit and long viscerally for the west–all at the same time. A gifted essayist and trail designer, her first book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, is forthcoming from Beacon Books in 2013. For a taste of it, see her essay “Hunkered at the Gateway“ at the National Parks Conservation Association web site.   

 

 

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