I value the solitude, community of artists, and exposure to landscapes that residencies provide. The Great Basin in particular has had a powerful effect on my writing, as I’ve been traversing it for close to forty years, first as a ski racer in my teens traveling to events across the West, then as a geography student and eventually a professional land use planner working with small towns in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and beyond.
As a writer, over the years, I have been a fortunate recipient of multiple residencies with Playa at Summer Lake in Oregon’s Great Basin country. I’ll return this March to work on my next full length book of poems, which is expected to publish in 2020 thanks to the fine people at Salmon Poetry. I also hope to use the time to explore an idea for a nonfiction project that has been on my mind for a long time and should draw on my experience as a small-town planner and artist.
Thank you for reading, and happy trails.