NEA Writers’ Corner, Friday Links, Twitter

The National Endowment for the Arts has posted the 2012 Literature Fellows in the Writers’ Corner, a place where writers share a little of their work and a statement about what this generous and life-changing award means to them.  Click here if you would like to read my artist statement and an excerpt from “Imperial Chrysanthemum.” I am still somewhat in disbelief about the award, but working hard every day on new writing. Above is a photo of my porch sofa, where I like to write in the mornings (before it gets too hot).

Here are a few links I enjoyed this week:

From Ice News, a story about an MP from Iceland who moved a 30-ton rock to thank some life-saving elves.

A gorgeous essay in the Sun Magazine by my friend Krista Bremer, on family, the immigrant experience, and the feeling of hovering “between places.”

Via Longreads, this powerful article by Joan Garrett about a crisis within a Chattanooga Baptist church as a minister and his wife care for their dying son.

Via Longform, this fascinating 1991 Atlantic piece about the Sahara Desert by William Langewiesche.

If you haven’t seen Cabin Porn, it’s a nice virtual place to daydream about an escape. I have this idea to submit our house to the site, but Richard thinks it would be exploitative.

Also, after being invited to participate in an “infertility chat” by ABC News a few weeks ago, I am now on Twitter. My Twitter name is BelleBoggs if you would like to follow me. Sometimes I try to explain Twitter to my mom, but it is impossible. She conducts most of her business by telephone; I have to admit that I prefer the phone, too. Gus on the other hand likes the P.O., but that is mostly on account of daily treats provided by the Walkerton postmistress.

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