Little while back when I was so snowed under with writing and advising and teaching and having bronchitis and being so busy I was not talking to anyone who wasn't an immediate family member, I was able to speak with to this amazing and inspiring writer, Shozan Jack Haubner, for Hunger Mountain's website. Our interview is … Continue reading “Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”
Champlain Publishing is helping Alumna Colleen Rooney publish a collection of essays written by Champlain students. It’s called Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, and it’ll be out in the world Feb. 3. We’re going to have a big party at Champlain that day. You’re invited. So last month, as is apparently my way, I sat back … Continue reading On Publishing…and Procrastination
I never really learned about thank you notes. Some families do it, some don’t. I just don’t remember anybody in my family talking about it much. Then I married into a family of people for whom they are very important. You’d think that nearly three decades of being expected, and often gently reminded, to … Continue reading Ann Hood, My Ego, and Sheep: An Ireland Thank-You Note
Thanks to Charles Badland for use of the lovely kitchen and top-shelf pans. This video shows my Dad, Fred, helping me kickstart (in the pre-2000s sense of the word) my cookbook project. Fred and I filmed this clip at my friend Chuck's house in 2016. I'm writing an Italian cookbook-with-essays, I said. Film with me, I … Continue reading I Used To Be Known As a Hot Italian
Or, actually, to put it more directly, let's listen to this fab radio interview with me and Shelagh Shapiro as we talk about craft. Shelagh is a novelist whose first book, "Shape of the Sky," blew my mind. She's also the owner/head honcho/producer of the fantabulous radio show/podcast "Write the Book" for which she recently interviewed … Continue reading Let’s talk about craft
They did it again. I read about the latest layoffs at Gannett last night while I was cooking dinner. I had a glass of wine and then I coughed up this really vitriolic post about how I was going to warn the undergraduates I work with to boycott their papers and never, ever go to … Continue reading Gannett “Resets” and the Vermont Way
Me: I don't know what to write.Cindy: Seriously?Me: Yeah. I'm really tired.Cindy: Ok. We spent the summer busting our butts to publish books for Champlain students to use in class (including the amazing Larry Connolly's new collection of student work, "Best Student Creative Nonfiction"), and we just sent the first title that we built from … Continue reading Tired now.