Cuba Writers Program: Deadline Approaching!
May 2-10, 2019. Excursion to Playa Larga. Havana Art Biennial!
Scenes from the Nonfiction Now Conference in Phoenix. So fun to talk travel writing and “writing about writing” at this delight of a conference. I mean, do you see the coffee station…
Afterwords Authors at Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival
I’ll be heading to San Francisco for a Litquake event on Friday, October 12. This is one of several events I am doing this fall linked to the book I haven’t finished yet. I guess instead of writing more on this blog post I should go work on that book. Here is the link to our event, Afterwords, Short Books About Great Books!
The Blind Masseuse is among the titles being fêted at a party sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Press, if you’re in Tampa for AWP this year. I’m honored to be part of the Living Out Series.
Putney Writing in Ireland
Just us writers and some animals on the island of Inishboffen, and a few days in Galway and Dublin.
Blind Masseuse Paperback Tour
The University of Wisconsin Press teamed me up with the amazing Andrew Evans for the paperback launch of The Blind Masseuse and the hardcover launch of Andrew’s memoir, The Black Penguin. We read at BGSQD in New York, and shortly after at the Harvard Book Store. Here are some shots of Andrew and me at BGSQD having so much fun talking travel memoir, queer experience, drinking coca tea in Bolivia, and what kind of childhood makes a traveler.
Emerson Authors Event
I’m excited to read with a few of my favorite writer-teachers next week. We may even raffle off some books.
Applications are open for the second Cuba Writers Program, this April 27-May 5!
The Cuba Writers Program offers a writers writing in English an 8-day journey to Cuba in the spring of 2017. The program combines writing workshops with ethical travel, conversations with Cuban writers, lectures on the history of Cuba and elements of its literary history, and visits to art collections, paladares, Hemingway’s home, and sites of political, aesthetic, and historical interest.
The Cuba Writers Program was founded by Tim Weed and Alden Jones, two writers who first worked together teaching creative writing and directing a program for American students in Cuba in 2001. Both Tim and Alden have have continued to travel to Cuba and to direct programs in Cuba over the past sixteen years. They are excited to share some of their contacts, out-of-the-ordinary knowledge, and travel experience with an intimate group of writers and travelers.
“Seeing Cuba through the lens of the Cuba Writers Program was nothing short of a revelation. The itinerary was incredibly well plotted, starting on the first full day with an overview of Old Havana’s cobbled streets, then dipping into the political, cultural and literary with the lectures, workshops, and visits to artists’ studios, art and music schools, and so much more. It was a wonderful balance of a wide view and close up, and I left feeling like I started to get to know Cuba in a way I never would have without such careful plotting. Thank you Tim and Alden for so generously providing your knowledge and spirit over an incredibly rich and inspiring 8 days!” Jean Victor, California