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These days I live in Ohio, but for years I lived in Western Massachusetts, in close proximity to a spectacular center for poetry, art, music, and ideas: Flying Object.

In this building I heard Dorothea Lasky tell fortunes. I saw Eugene Ostashevsky begged to recite his “Peepeesaurus” poems. I ate so much good food. I cheered on poets playing ping pong.

Flying Object is where, for a while, I ran the Royal Society of Hadley for Improving Natural Knowledge, hosting lectures from brilliant people working in the sciences.

Flying Object is where I first read to celebrate the publication of The Trees The Trees.

And now they are up to even more: free workshops for young writers, a new residency program, a radio show. They continue to host exhibits, music events, readings, and classes. They produce beautiful books, chapbooks, and broadsides.

Their ideas and visions for the future are full of hope and excitement and possibilities for strange collisions.

This place just matters so much.

Today, December 12, if you donate to Flying Object through Valley Gives, your donation will be matched. You could give $25 and it would become $50, as if by magic. You will like this magic! And so will the kids, artists, musicians, writers, and lovers of ideas whose work your donation will support.

This world has some real beauty in it. Here is a chance to help it grow.

Hi everyone—

I’m taking a little time away from the screen to concentrate on the page, so expect some quiet here for a bit. See you in a couple weeks/the future.

xohc

I’m reading on Friday (March 15) at NYU with Arda Collins, who wrote the poem above (which I love, which I will always love), and James Arthur. The reading is at 5pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. 
The day before, on Thursday (March 14) I’m reading in the Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts with Wendy Xu, whose first book, You Are Not Dead, is very newly out from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. That reading starts at 7pm.
And if you want to start plotting a future in Seattle, a group of artists there are making work inspired by The Trees The Trees, and it will be exhibited on March 26. I’ll tell you more when I know more. Right now I can tell you I am full of happy anticipation.
The post after this post will be about bees.

I’m reading on Friday (March 15) at NYU with Arda Collins, who wrote the poem above (which I love, which I will always love), and James Arthur. The reading is at 5pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

The day before, on Thursday (March 14) I’m reading in the Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts with Wendy Xu, whose first book, You Are Not Dead, is very newly out from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. That reading starts at 7pm.

And if you want to start plotting a future in Seattle, a group of artists there are making work inspired by The Trees The Trees, and it will be exhibited on March 26. I’ll tell you more when I know more. Right now I can tell you I am full of happy anticipation.

The post after this post will be about bees.

Whether you live near or far you can help celebrate Flying Object’s 3rd birthday

On October 13, there’s going to be an enormity of wonder at 42 West Street in Hadley, Massachusetts, including a spectacular raffle. The prizes have yet to be announced, but from the rumblings I’ve heard, they are going to be very excellent. If you can attend the event itself you will also be privy to further awesomeness, including FORTUNE-TELLING by someone whose name I DON’T KNOW IF I’M YET ALLOWED TO SAY.

If you are far you can still participate (and support FO) by buying raffle tickets. To learn more about the readings, art shows, performances, workshops, etc., that Flying Object offers, go here.