Residency | CCC Fund & Surel’s Place

In August, I got to be an Artist-in-Residence at Surel’s Place, an art center in Garden City that hosts artists from around the world.

The center was originally the home of Surel Lee Mitchell, an Idaho-based visual artist who helped create the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District.

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Reading | Bloom Reading Series at Idaho Botanical Garden

This July, I read poems from a project about COVID-19 and the Second Plague Pandemic (1347-1700) in the Bloom Reading Series for Storyfort at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

The project, which tells the stories of impacted individuals through primary and secondary sources, is funded by a grant from the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund.

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It’s Wildfire Season Again In The West

I love the arid, mountain landscapes of the West. I love the native wildflower and animal species that live in mountain ecosystems. I love the aridity of the desert. I love its total lack of humidity and 100+ degree heat.

But with the aridity of the western landscape comes fire season with its forest fires and wildfires.

Last summer there were forest fires burning in Idaho and two adjoining states at around the same time. The smoke from all of them was blowing down into Boise. For weeks, the city was ensconced in a hazy layer of burning, lung-clogging smoke.

This is normal.

It’s like that in every state in the West.

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