saying goodbye to 2018

2018 started steady and headed into full on simeotaneous ups and downs. Here’s a short list of what helps me maintain footing as the year ebbs.

Walks on the levee at dusk.  Or at the park. This is a photo I took on the winter solstice with the sun setting and the full moon rising on the bank of the Mississippi.

Walks on the levee at dusk. Or at the park. This is a photo I took on the winter solstice with the sun setting and the full moon rising on the bank of the Mississippi.

Lonesome Leash live in New Orleans:  Walt, aka Lonesome Leash came through New Orleans twice, once inspiring direction for my summer project, and once offering comfort through a new album,   Delicate Art  . Seeing him perform at Tigermen Den in candlelight was soothing at a time of upheaval and long hours at work

Lonesome Leash live in New Orleans: Walt, aka Lonesome Leash came through New Orleans twice, once inspiring direction for my summer project, and once offering comfort through a new album, Delicate Art. Seeing him perform at Tigermen Den in candlelight was soothing at a time of upheaval and long hours at work

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Moving Forward : I just re-discovered my copy of Faythe Levine’s monograph for Haystack School,  Moving Forward . A letter to friends, a celebration of queer art, a search for direction, an affirmation of the work we do, I’ve nearly cried every time I look through it.

Moving Forward: I just re-discovered my copy of Faythe Levine’s monograph for Haystack School, Moving Forward. A letter to friends, a celebration of queer art, a search for direction, an affirmation of the work we do, I’ve nearly cried every time I look through it.


Swimming.  I turned 41 and swam in at least 3 different bodies of water with a few close friends. Will I ever leave the country again, with so many springs left to be discovered in a day’s drive?

Swimming. I turned 41 and swam in at least 3 different bodies of water with a few close friends. Will I ever leave the country again, with so many springs left to be discovered in a day’s drive?

Paper Machine:  the building where my press and my studio are housed (that’s my window in the middle!), I can’t tell you how great it is to work for yourself, surrounded by others who are doing similar work and want to talk about it. Also where I celebrated the 10th anniversary of Keep Writing with a gallery show and the headquarters for the Summer Census.

Paper Machine: the building where my press and my studio are housed (that’s my window in the middle!), I can’t tell you how great it is to work for yourself, surrounded by others who are doing similar work and want to talk about it. Also where I celebrated the 10th anniversary of Keep Writing with a gallery show and the headquarters for the Summer Census.

music.  Only in the past few weeks have I rediscovered music that isn’t made by my friends. It turns out i like poppy music. Want proof? I made this playlist !  You can listen too!

music. Only in the past few weeks have I rediscovered music that isn’t made by my friends. It turns out i like poppy music. Want proof? I made this playlist ! You can listen too!

Holidays with friends.  This is from a boat parade on Lundi Gras. My friends understand dressing up, sharing adventure and giving you plenty of space to be yourself.

Holidays with friends. This is from a boat parade on Lundi Gras. My friends understand dressing up, sharing adventure and giving you plenty of space to be yourself.

sending you light and love in the new year!

top ten steps of 2017 (guest post by roberta massuch)

a note from Hope--Roberta Massuch is a ceramic artist living in Philadelphia whose drawings and studies stand on their own. She agreed to collaborate on Keep Writing number 104, sent this December. She offered a drawing and a question and trusted me to do the rest. The result of the collaboration will be shared here soon but for now enjoy her end of the year list.  And definitely check out her work at www.robertamassuch.com.

Now from Roberta:

this year has been a major one - full of ups and downs both in and out of the studio. some large, noticeable... almost audibly so. and some have been softer, more gradual... imperceptible to most. 

but all steps to or towards something.

so here they are in pictures - of studio and life from this year.