Friends

Organizations:

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’m currently working toward my MFA in Writing from VCFA.

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.

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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