The ancient city of Antigua
Guatemala is a beautiful, magical country — and I only experienced part of it in my recent travels. I went to remove myself from my happy life in the desert, and found rivers and jungles and ancient cultures. I immersed in green views, which was heaven for my eyes. The people’s smiles and kindnesses wrapped me, made me safe and happy.
While I was there, I began (quickly) to want to share this country with others. Continue reading
“Women At The Chichicastenango Market” (photo by Elizabeth Rose)
Yes: that’s right. I am taking a break. By which I mean, no computer, no phone, no email, no answering anybody for anything.
No language, even. I am packing my 17 appropriate Spanish words, and my mangled understanding of the rest, and some sunscreen and sneakers. I am going to Guatemala!
Have a beautiful week and a half. I will try to return with some fresh thoughts.
Typographic World Map by Siberian graphic designer Vlad Gerasimov
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” — Dylan Thomas
A newspaper with all bad news removed: “Good News” by UK artist Robert Sollis.
How do you prepare for a reading? How do you deal with media? In the last post, I offered three important tips for media relations. Here are a few more:
3. Be prepared for the media to confuse details or ignore you.
Grin and bear it. It happens. Continue reading
In the past month, I have coordinated and done 4 readings/performances, one online interview, and 5 radio interviews. Add to that, dozens of other small, but important, media-related efforts in support of my new book.
In the process, I’ve learned some things I thought I’d share:
1. Know where you want the conversation to go, but… Continue reading