On Edge

I have resented every hour of sleep since we returned from St. John. I am simultaneously wired about my continuing investigation of literary blogs and filled with anticipation about our upcoming two months at Institut de Francais in Villefranche, a French language immersion course that Darlene and I will plunge into starting April 4th.

At the Wazee editors’ meeting on Sunday, I rattled on about what I’m finding in blogs and found myself trying to describe the distinctly blog voice that I am coming to recognize. I said it’s edgy, honest, sassy, opinionated, and intimate. Or words to that effect. I also said that I’d discovered that a prominent blogger in lit-land lives somewhere in Denver, which led to the idea of contacting him for an interview in the upcoming issue of Wazee. So I have an e-mail into the Rake of Rake’s Progress and hope I have a chance to meet him in person.

My return to Denver has also meant jumping back into my work as chair of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), one of six regional arts organizations funded by the NEA and the states. WESTAF, under the direction of its incredibly effective and visionary director, Anthony Radich, hums with the sort of energy and engagement that make you resent sleep, because you’re so excited about what’s next. So I love dropping by the Denver world headquarters and plugging in to the smart-art vibe, which currently involves digitally revolutionizing the art jurying process for art fairs across the country.

I know, I know. A person too wired to appreciate sleep is a person who needs watching. I plan to nap on the way back to Denver on the Boulder Express bus. Except that I’m curious what’s in the issue of Agni that I brought with me…

UPDATE: The Rake, whose name turns out to be Traver Kauffman, a 1998 graduate of Colorado College, has agreed to an interview, and we’re working on a date, probably late next week.

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