I also received the newest issue of Chautauqua with the thematic subject of Americana. Three of my poems, including a personal favorite "Why the Rain Gutters Rattled" appear in this issue, and I was thrilled to be included along some great writers (and friends) including Todd Davis, Gabriel Welsch, Clara Silverstein, and Lori Jakiela. I have admired the Chautauqua literary journal for years, and love the beautiful editions, so I am proud and excited to be included in its library of volumes.
So, now that I have made a promise to myself to devote the summer to writing (I'm not teaching at all this summer, which is the first time that has happened in years), I want to make good on that promise and finish up some projects that have been sitting around my computer. I need to, as Dorianne Laux told us at the festival, make time for my art.