Childhood Malnutrition, Empowering Women, and Healing the Earth
Conversation with Sharman Russell
Women’s International Study Centr, Santa Fe (via Zoom)
June 6, 2021, 6:00 pm (RMT) Zoom
Join me in conversation with fellow Quaker Sharman Apt Russell, author of Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End it, a book on how childhood malnutrition affects our economies, cultures, and the future of the planet—and also the very reasonable solutions for this global problem. Hosted by the Women’s International Study Center. Register here.
This is the second event in “Living with Love — Cultivating Earth Sense,” a year-long author conversation series/podcast I am beginning, including talks with David Williams, Kathleen Dean Moore, Gavin Van Horn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lyanda Haupt, and others.
Wyoming Writers 46th Annual Conference
June 5 & 6, 2021, Lander, Wyoming (the conference is in-person and also virtual)
Bring your best writing game to Lander at the foot of the Wind River Mountains, in the homeland of the Eastern Shoshone and the Arapaho people, for two days of workshops and writer-talk and connections. Faculty includes poet Ramón Garcia, YA novelist Caroline George, journalist Bill Sniffin, mystery/suspense/fiction author Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and me. I’ll be teaching three workshops, including “Finding Voice and Grace in the Hard Stuff,” “Field Notes: Writing from Life,” and “Take One a Day: Haiku as Practice in Awareness.” More information at Wyoming Writers, Inc.
Writer Advice, Spring 2021
B. Lynn Goodwin, novelist and editor of Writer Advice (online) interviewed me about Bless the Birds, writing, and living. She opened the interview with this praise for Bless the Birds:
Susan Tweit’s Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying is one of the most moving and well-rounded memoirs I’ve ever read — and I have read a lot of them. Though the story could happen to anyone, it’s the characters and their reverence for life and their relationship that makes this story stand above so many. The balance of joy and anguish is as impressive as author Susan Tweit’s skilled use of language and her enduring appreciation of nature. The structure of the story is strong as she travels between a long-delayed honeymoon and the years after her husband is diagnosed with brain cancer. Her life-affirming practices are woven throughout the story, balancing his loss of life with her resilience.
Madam Mayo blog, April 2021
Writer and translator C.M. Mayo really got me thinking about why and how I write in these questions for her monthly author interview on her blog. Here’s my answer to her question about why I write memoir:
What I find compelling about memoir is that it is a way to make use of my life experiences, “composting” them, as it were, into stories that inspire, inform, or guide others, whether or not they will ever encounter similar situations. At its best, memoir proves the truth of the saying, “The personal is the political.” Meaning how we live offers wisdom to illuminate national and world events, whether the generational trauma of racism, the struggle to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, or the long-term planetary crisis of climate change.
Natives versus Weeds: What’s an Invasive Weed and Why They Matter to Birds and Birders
Mesilla Valley Audubon (via Zoom)
May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm (RMT) Zoom
Why would anyone spend weeks at a time crouched on her hands and knees in Yellowstone National Park, digging up invasive weeds with a seven-inch-long plant knife? Because these bullies of the plant world degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Removing them is one way to heal this battered planet and ameliorate climate change. Join me for a talk on why native plants matter to birds and birders, and how to remove invasive weeds. Registeration info on the Mesilla Valley Audubon website.