In a week I'll be leaving the flooded landscape of West Marin County and heading for the sun. I'll start out in New Orleans where I'll be a poet in residence at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. On March 21st I'll read from and talk about my forthcoming book Silt for Climate Action Week. On the 23rd I'll lead a story workshop, Earthing/Unearthing, exploring participants connections with the lands and waters of Gulf Coast, and then take part in a salon with Another Gulf is Possible. On the 28th I'll read a poem and then take part in a panel on the arts and envisioning futures.
Then I have an opportunity to go to Puerto Rico in April with my dear friend Susan Raffo, who is able to provide the level of support I now need for such a trip. It will be my first visit to my homeland since Hurricane Maria, and will allow me to feel my way into the stories I most want to tell, to directly experience both the current impacts of colonialism and climate change and the creativity and resilience of my people, and to think deeply about what healing justice means for my country.
Then I'll return to New Orleans where I'll take part in a Passover Seder led by Jewish Voice for Peace, and premiere my new book, Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals. Finally, I'll go to Los Angeles to read from and discuss Medicine Stories at UCLA, and then I'll come home to May in Tomales and hopefully, a long, calm summer of writing. .