Saturday, August 27, 2005

In the Mailbag: Saltonstall Grants and Moving Comments.

The following information on the Saltonstall Fellowship and Grants for New York State residents has recently been received from Dan Wilcox. Dan manages the Poetry Motel foundation newsletter and can be contacted at dwlcx@topica.com should anyone wish to subscribe to the newsletters. Fresh information arrives as often as several times a day.



Dear NYS arts groups,

Please help us spread the word about the Saltonstall
Summer Fellowship and Grant opportunities for
individual artists and writers who live in NYS. (SEE
our call for entries below.) Please list our info in
your newsletters, e-announcements, web sites, blogs
and any other communications you have with the artists
and writers in your region.

Please note: Our summer fellowship competition is open
to all artists and writers who live throughout New
York State; our grant competition is open to artists
and writers who live in the central and western
counties of NYS. Eligible list of counties is at
www.saltonstall.org.

I am available to make presentations about the
Saltonstall Foundation in your county. Please contact
me at 607.539.3146.

Many thanks,
Laurel Guy
Program Director

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
www.saltonstall.org

CALL FOR ENTRIES
2006 Summer Fellowships and Grants available to
Artists and Writers of New York State

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2006
Applications on line at www.saltonstall.org

SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS
Artists and writers who live in New York State are
invited to apply for month-long summer residencies at
the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York.

2006 Summer Fellowship Categories
· Poetry
· Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction)
· Photography
· Painting, Sculpture and other visual arts

Each artist has a private apartment and bath with
ample working space (including large studios for the
painters and a black and white darkroom for
photographers.) All studios include a balcony or a
patio.

Five artists are in residence in each session: One
poet, one prose writer, one photographer and two
painters and other visual artists. Our colony chef
serves delicious vegetarian meals on weeknights and
the kitchen is kept stocked with basic supplies so
that residents may make other meals for themselves.

The stunning 200 acre Saltonstall Arts Colony is
located in Ithaca, New York in the heart of the
beautiful Finger Lakes region. The summer fellowship
competition is open to all artists and writers
throughout the entire state of New York (including
NYC.)

GRANTS
The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
annually awards grants of $5,000 to writers and
artists who live in the central and western counties
of New York. See www.saltonstall.org for list of
eligible counties. Grant categories change annually.

2006 Grant Categories
· Poetry
· Creative nonfiction A prose form that, while
dependent on observation of the actual world and often
on personal memory, also dependslike fictionon the
imaginative abilities of the writer. The genre
includes the personal essay, the memoir, the
meditative reflection, and other examples of writing
capable of transcending mere fact to provide aesthetic
pleasure and insight. Often confused with journalism,
creative nonfiction celebrates the integrative and
revelatory. Recent examples of the form can be found
in the prose of James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, Andre
Dubus, and Stephen Jay Gould.
· Works on Paper Includes printmaking, drawing,
painting, collage and other two dimensional media on
paper (excluding computer generated images.)
· Photography Digital and traditional

INVESTING IN CREATIVITY: Who We Are and What We
Do The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
(CSF) is committed to serving the individual artist
(especially in the Finger Lakes region) through all
stages of the creative process -- from research,
development and creation through distributing and make
their work more accessible to the public. We serve NYS
artists and writers with grants, professional
development seminars, access to free studio space, and
summer fellowships that place them in residence at our
art colony. The general public benefits from cultural
programming with individual artists.

A diverse population of emerging, mid-career and
established NYS artists and writers have been in
residence here. The artists are given time, space and
support for their own creative research and risk
taking. As Edith Isaac Rose said, "The spacious,
comfortable live/work quarters are perfect. The size
of the group and our particular group formed a
community very quickly. All of us cherished having
continuous time to explore our work. When I think of
the Saltonstall I think of a place I came to and
didn't want to leave." Indeed, past Saltonstall
Fellows have said that our Colony provides one of the
best residency experiences in the country. Over 150
outstanding NYS artists, including photographers,
writers and visual artists have participated in our
summer fellowship program to date.

There are an estimated 300 artists' communities in the
U.S., and they are rapidly gaining recognition as the
largest network of direct support to independent
artists.

Some of our most enduring classics have been created
at artists' communities: Thornton Wilder's Our Town,
Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, James Baldwin's
Notes to a Native Son, to name a few.

The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts is
committed to supporting the voices and visionaries of
our own time. Visit www.saltonstall.org to learn more
about our programs and how you can get involved.

Mail: 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 Phone: 607.539.3146 Web: www.saltonstall.org E-mail: http://us.f503.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=info@saltonstall.org&YY=7316&order=&sort= -- The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road * Ithaca, New York 14850 telephone: 607.539.3146 * fax: 607.539.3147 http://www.saltonstall.org/ http://us.f503.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=info@saltonstall.org&YY=7316&order=&sort=




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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

American Life in Poetry #20: Jane Hirshfield.

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

In this fascinating poem by the California poet, Jane Hirshfield, the speaker discovers that through paying attention to an event she has become part of it, has indeed become inseparable from the event and its implications. This is more than an act of empathy. It speaks, in my reading of it, to the perception of an order into which all creatures and events are fitted, and are essential.



The Woodpecker Keeps Returning

The woodpecker keeps returning
to drill the house wall.
Put a pie plate over one place, he chooses another.

There is nothing good to eat there:
he has found in the house
a resonant billboard to post his intentions,
his voluble strength as provider.

But where is the female he drums for? Where?

I ask this, who am myself the ruined siding,
the handsome red-capped bird, the missing mate.



Poem copyright (c) 2005 by Jane Hirshfield from her forthcoming book "After" (Harper Collins, 2006), and reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.



Also at Virtual Grub Street by/about Ted Kooser:

American Life in Poetry #19: Shirley Buettner.

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

At the beginning of the famous novel, "Remembrance of Things Past," the mere taste of a biscuit started Marcel Proust on a seven-volume remembrance. Here a bulldozer turns up an old doorknob, and look what happens in Shirley Buettner's imagination.



Discovered

While clearing the west
quarter for more cropland,
the Cat quarried
a porcelain doorknob

oystered in earth,
grained and crazed
like an historic egg,
with a screwless stem of

rusted and pitted iron.
I turn its cold white roundness
with my palm and
open the oak door

fitted with oval glass,
fretted with wood ivy,
and call my frontier neighbor.
Her voice comes distant but

clear, scolding children
in overalls
and highbutton shoes.
A bucket of fresh eggs and

a clutch of rhubarb rest
on her daisied oil-cloth.
She knew I would knock someday,
wanting in.



From "Walking Out the Dark" (Juniper Press, 1984). Copyright (c) 1984 by Shirley Buettner and reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.




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Also at Virtual Grub Street from The Poetry Foundation:

American Life in Poetry #18: Dan Gerber.

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Every reader of this column has at one time felt the frightening and paralyzing powerlessness of being a small child, unable to find a way to repair the world. Here the California poet, Dan Gerber, steps into memory to capture such a moment.




The Rain Poured Down

My mother weeping
in the dark hallway, in the arms of a man,
not my father,
as I sat at the top of the stairs unnoticed--
my mother weeping and pleading for what I didn't know
then and can still only imagine--
for things to be somehow other than they were,
not knowing what I would change,
for, or to, or why,
only that my mother was weeping
in the arms of a man not me,
and the rain brought down the winter sky
and hid me in the walls that looked on,
indifferent to my mother's weeping,
or mine,
in the rain that brought down the dark afternoon.



Dan Gerber's most recent book is "Trying to Catch the Horses" (Michigan State University Press, 1999). "The Rain Poured Down" copyright (c) 2005 by Dan Gerber and reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.




Also at Virtual Grub Street by/about Ted Kooser:

American Life in Poetry #17: Wendell Berry.

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Nearly all of us spend too much of our lives thinking about what has happened, or worrying about what's coming next. Very little can be done about the past and worry is a waste of time. Here the Kentucky poet Wendell Berry gives himself over to nature.



The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.



Reprinted from "Collected Works" (North Point Press, 1985) by permission of the author. Wendell Berry's most recent book is "Given: Poems" (Shoemaker and Hoard, 2005). Poem copyright (c) 1985 by Wendell Berry. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.




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