WIDE OPEN SPACES
LITERATURE & LANDSCAPE
OF THE HORSE RETREAT
June 1-6, 2013, $1490.00
June 6-7, $209.00
There's a horse in Wyoming
waiting for you!
This year's trip honors writer and musician Joy Harjo, and her new memoir Crazy Brave.
Sept. 10-13, 2013$1199.00
Do you have to be
crazy brave to sign up?
No, all you need is the spirit of adventure. Page plans these retreats at the end of the summer, when the river is much calmer.
Author of the new memoir CRAZY BRAVE, poet and musician Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/ Creek) has published seven books of poetry including How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems; The Woman Who Fell From the Sky; and She Had Some Horses (W.W. Norton).
Joy has received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, 1998 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. A renowned musician, Harjo has released four award-winning CD's of original music. In 2009, she won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way.
YOU'RE INVITED TO A
SPECIAL MOUNT VERNON
THE INNER EQUESTRIAN:
Mental & Emotional Skills
with guest instructor
May 30, 2013
6:30 - 9:00 pm
$20/each Bring a Buddy
$35 pre-register by 5/23
When I shared a photo of a stallion stolen from the San Antonio, Texas area on my FB page, people seemed amazed that there were still horse thieves in the West. Yes, there are - and not just between the pages of Louis L'Amour novels.
In South Dakota back in the 1970s, when my partner John Gritts was Director of Financial Aid at Black Hills State University, there was still a city ordinance against three or more Indians walking abreast of one another down the sidewalk. That meant that John, enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, couldn't walk side by side with his sons. Of course, he did anyway and eventually the outrageous ordinance was stricken from the city's law books - but not until the 1990s.
Do all westerners walk with one foot anchored in the past? Where exactly does the past meet the present?
Will Wilson, Self Portrait
Photographer Will Wilson (Diné Nation) explores this question by reaching backward in time to the visual dialogue begun by historic photographer Edward S. Curtis. Wilson challenges the romantic stereotypes found in Curtis's iconic photographs of Native Americans and seeks "to do something different." Wilson uses the same technique that Curtis used (tin type photography, a wet plate process), but his subjects are contemporary. This self-portrait was part of Wilson's "Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange" exhibited at the Denver Art Museum earlier this month.
John Gritts foreground, portrait of Gritts and Grandma Dockie background
When Will asked John to pose for a photograph, he asked him to bring along something significant to help illustrate the dialogue between the old Curtis vision of Native Americans frozen in time, and the contemporary reality.John took a few different items with him, including a traditional Cherokee hunting jacket and a portrait of his great-great grandmother who walked the Trail of Tears. I love the way this photo of John, taking a photo of the portrait Wilson took of him, holding Grandma Dockie's portrait, conveys the overlapping movement of time.
That's one of the things I love about writing - the way storytelling moves in and out of time, braiding the past with the present. There is always the temptation to be lazy, to leave a character or an entire culture, frozen in time. But if we believe enough in the story we're telling to step away from all we think we know about a person, or a people, or a place, and bravely admit that we don't know, perhaps we'll finally get at the truth of the story that needs to be told - which isn't, I have discovered, always the story we thought we wanted to tell. Sending you timeless good wishes,
LOSING THE WEST
With sweeping shots of the Colorado Rockies, this film explores whether cherished Western traditions and this fiercely independent lifestyle can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the West and its dwindling natural resources.
The main storyline follows the life of cowboy Howard Linscott, the original Marlboro Man, drawing a parallel between his waning life and the demise of the small ranches, farms and families of the West. Directed and produced by Alex Warren, the film makes a powerful statement, raises critical questions, and links up viewers, both rural and urban, with ways to take action.
THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW & THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE
Join us for the Colorado premiere of the award-winning nature documentary
The Legend of Pale Male
, a benefit screening for The Bloomsbury Review
,a literary treasure that has
been celebrating and serving great writing since 1980. Plan to attend this lift-off event as Bloomsbury engages a new era ... and Pale Male, the famous red-tailed hawk of Central Park, courts his eighth mate. Saturday, April 27, 6:30 pm.
FEATURED NEW RELEASE
THE BOY IN THE SNOW
by M.J. McGrath
I admit, the fact that this intriguing mystery has a subplot that involves the Iditarod, aka the Last Great Race on Earth (an event at the top of my Bucket List), encouraged me to
read the review copy sent by Viking (Penguin Group
). I was also drawn to the setting, that otherworldly beauty of the far north. Female protagonist Edie Kiglatuk, half Inuit
, half sleuth, calls the frozen Arctic landscape her home. And British author M.J. McGrath (The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic and White Heat), seems equally at home in this landscape, maneuvering the tough twists and turns of this second Edie Kiglatuk mystery deftly. If M.J. is anything like her heroine Edie, I think they'll both continue to set the literary pace for this great mystery genre race.
Attention Colorado Springs area writers!
FEATURED MINI-WRITING WORKSHOP FREE!!
The Flesh & Blood Factor of Good Storytelling
Pike's Peak Writers Presents
May's Write Brain Workshop
with Page Lambert
May 21, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Colorado Springs (more info)
Yearning: A longing. A desire. An unfilled wish. A questioning. A hunger to know more.
"First," Page says, "enter the white-hot center of why you write. Second, enter the white-hot center of deep yearning...yours...your character's. Third, enter the place where you dream." Come "Manifest Yearning" with Page Lambert and the Pike's Peak Writers Tuesday night, May 21st. A free event. All the details