Continuing the focus on the internet neighborhood that I started a couple weeks ago, here are a fw more websites/blogs you may want to check out:
Chad Gusler is an assistant professor at Eastern Mennonite University and graduated from the SPU MFA program in the same cohort as I did. He is a master of the short story and includes a number of them on his website/blog, “Graftings.” His story “Spanish Moss” was recentingly published in the Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing and another story, “We The Village,” was published at The Other Journal.
Ross Gale, also a grad of SPU MFA, is a writer and creative consultant. He’s recently started a very fun blog, “Write//Create//Inspire.” His daily for posts on writing and other creative pursuits are the equivalent of free creative consultations. Next Monday Ross is starting a special creativity series involving thirteen other bloggers and hopes to have involvement from his readers as well.
Kathleen Overby is an online friend whose blog “Almost Paradisical” is a joy to watch unfold. She fills her posts with poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Her tag line is, “Pursuing life in all ways poetical, paradoxical, artistical, metaphorical, and mystical.”
Last Friday I highlighted two new websites/blogs from friends of mine and today I'll add several more to the internet neighborhood list. The people mentioned here and last week are friends and colleagues that I am so happy to know from the Seattle Pacific MFA program.
Cathy Warner is a former minister and now a full-time writer and workshop leader. She and her husband just moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, where they are remodeling their new home to include a writer’s retreat suite that will be available this summer. How cool is that?! Cathy writes fiction and nonfiction, and leads writing workshops called “Holy Ink” (I love that name and wish I’d thought of it first). She’s recently started a blog about this new phase of midlife, “This or Better.” Just this month, Cathy took over from Greg Wolfe as editor of the "Good Letters" blog.
David Clark is a physician (dermatologist/surgeon), teacher, and writer. He maintains a blog with a tagline “Art, Words, and a Journey of Wonder.” He brings to his writing a wealth of wisdom and knowledge about the world, books, and people, as well as scary skin changes, although not necessarily in that order. One of his recent blog posts just begs to be read simply on the basis of its compelling title: “On the possible benefit of resentment?”
On Adele Konyndyk’s blog, she describes herself as “creative writer, cheese lover, and book devotee.” Her blog has a tagline of “the greater more. the smaller less,” which says a lot about Adele, who is beautiful inside and out. Truly. She is a freelance writer and editor, often writing about social justice issues. Watch for her name online. Her list of published work is growing by leaps and bounds.
Leslie Leyland Fields is not a new name on this blog (see here and here and here), but she started a new blog a couple months ago called “Far-aField Notes.” Each week she’s posting a short essay with photos and a video greeting. These value-added videos are exceptionally noteworthy because they aren't staged flashy fireside chats, but often candid shots of Leslie battling wind and rain in Kodiak, Alaska, where she lives much of the year, just to say hello. Soon these videos will be coming from her family's commercial fishing camp and could be all the more candid and wild. This past week her post addressed that recent controversial Time cover, you know, the one timed for Mother’s Day. She also has a regular column in Christianity Today called “Stones to Bread.” I will forever count myself lucky (ie, blessed) to have had her as a writing mentor at SPU.
Next Friday, I'll aim to feature a few more names. I hope you'll visit their sites and if you like what you read, tell them, tell someone else.
A couple of my friends have new websites/blogs and I want to spread the word. Putting one’s stake in a new piece of internet real estate seems a particularly bold and generous move these days when there are already nearly 200 million blogs worldwide, as reported by NM Incite. Tumblr, as of today’s date, reports 56 million blogs in their system alone. In this crowded landscape here are some sites not to be missed:
Dyana Herron is a writer of poetry, essays, and anything else she sets her mind to. She has that tremendous gift of making people laugh while saying things that matter. Her new website/blog is at http://www.dyanaherron.com/. Until recently Dyana was a blogger forImage Journal’s "Good Letters" blog. You can find her posts by clicking here.
Denise Frame Harlan is a writer, a teacher, and a maker of beautiful things. I was honored to share space with her in The Spirit of Food anthology. Read her essay there and you will never think about chicken pot pie in the same way again. Find her new website at http://www.deniseframeharlan.com/ and also visit her blog, which isn’t really new but new posts arrive reguarly, at http://www.dvivid.blogspot.com/.