Originally Published: July 5th, 2007

Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017), winner of an NAACP Image Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall...

  1. July 5, 2007
     C. Seda

    Re: Surdna Art Residencies for Teens-- Are you involved with, or do you run an artist's colony? Please read:
    Hi, Patricia.
    I'm brand new to this blog, but I thought this might be a good place to spread the word. Our lit mag, BorderSenses, received an e-mail about the Surdna foundation which we are not eligible to apply for, but which I think would be a highly beneficial endeavor for those writers out there who run or have attended writer's colony.
    This e-mail was from Yolanda Alameda from El Paso's Museum and Cultural Affairs Department:
    "The Surdna Foundation's ( ) Arts program, which funds organizations that provide intensive art-making
    experiences for teens, is launching a new initiative in support
    of young creative writers.
    The foundation is seeking proposals from writers'/artists'
    colonies -- artists' communities that serve creative writers --
    that have experience with or an interest in working with young
    people to develop a summer creative writing retreat program for
    teens. Participants will reside in the artists' communities and
    will be mentored by professional writers of national/inter-
    national stature. All eligible artists' communities that have
    historically welcomed creative writers are encouraged to apply."
    We don't have such a colony organized in El Paso yet, but I know there are many in other cities. If you would be so kind as to spread the word? Efforts involving teenagers have a special place in my heart.
    Thank you!

  2. July 6, 2007

    Wonderful photo. It's been great having Cornelius as a colleague these last two years.

  3. July 6, 2007
     Rich Villar

    Le sigh. I wanna go tooooo.

  4. July 6, 2007

    beautiful faces
    beaUtiful faces
    BeaUtiFul faces
    ~ Toi (opening circle)
    Lubs you,