It’s been a rainy week and all I’ve wanted to do is hunker down and hibernate. Instead, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing 20-some student readers at the WITS year-end event (they were all incredible), seeing my friend Pete’s art opening at the Henry (more on this later) and making a damn good tortilla soup from scratch. I’ve also been working on poems, prepping submissions, writing grants and reading as much as possible.
Even with all this good stuff, I’ve been restless—internet interaction is slowing down for the summer and there is just a week left until I am done with all of my current obligations. So it was with great surprise that I found good news in the mail today: I’ve been awarded a 2010 Individual Artist Project grant from 4Culture. It was this time last year that I received a similar envelope with a similar surprise; I was childless then, it was gorgeous out and a noon-beer seemed right. Today, with River at my hip and a hunger in my gut I ate a greasy burger and smiled out into the rain.
One of the things I love most about 4Culture is the fact that they support the creation of new work that will have a public benefit for the residents of King County. For my previous grant I gave a free reading with Todd Boss. It was a great culmination to the new work I had created, but I’m even more excited for this year’s public benefit: I’ll be producing limited edition broadsides of a couple new poems to be distributed throughout King County for free. I’ve always seen broadsides as the place where the literary arts and visual arts meet most gracefully. And, as they are rarely free, I’m glad to make them available to folks who might not seek them out otherwise.
I’m incredibly grateful for the support and for the faith that I will continue to create work that is worth sharing. As I said this time last year, for their kindness I’ll be putting my shoulder to the wheel.