My July/August newsletter can be found here. It includes some updates, a blue whale knitting pattern AND a fact about humpback whales, and the featured artist is an old friend, B.J. Hollars, and his new book, "Go West, Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail."
In July I was notified that I received an Individual Project Grant for Artists from the Maine Arts Commission. The grant funding will help enable me to work on my memoir over the coming year, and I'm so grateful for the support!
My May/June 2021 newsletter is here (it's still June, just barely). This issue features writer Abby Maslin, a delicious cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (my go-to for birthday cake recipes), a fact about gold from Zoe, and some writing updates. Enjoy! You can read the May/June 2021 newsletter here.
I recently had an essay published by Motherwell Magazine about grief, love, and dreaming about what it would look like if my two husbands (and ultimately my two families) could meet. My first husband has been dead for many years, so it's an impossible but sweet reverie. You can read the essay on Motherwell here.
My March/April Newsletter recently out, and you can find it here. It has some publication updates, reading recommendations, grief writing workshop news, and Robin Clifford Wood and her new book, The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine, are featured. Zoe's science/nature fact is about baby pandas as well!
I really enjoy volunteering with the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, so I'm partnering with them to offer another virtual workshop on writing through grief. The workshop is free, designed to be really low key, no writing experience at all is necessary, and, because it's virtual, folks don't have to be in the Waterville area (or even in Maine) to participate. The information covered in the workshop is helpful for any stage of grief, too, whether it's anticipatory grief, a recent loss, or helping to process grief a long time after a loved one has died.
My local hospice volunteer organization, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, recently asked me to put together a little something about surviving Valentine's Day when you are grieving. Sometimes "special" days like Valentine's Day and other holidays are the hardest, sometimes it's the regular old days that get you. Regardless, please be gentle with yourselves as best you can.
I am so thrilled to have an essay in the latest issue of Taproot, Issue 43 :: Roots. Taproot's editorial team was a dream to work with, and the artist took great care with the illustration accompanying my piece. I've been a subscriber for years, as every issue is filled with great writing, recipes, knitting patterns, and other artistic or adventurous projects. You can order or subscribe to Taproot here, or you can find a list of local stores that carry Taproot by state/country here.
I've decided to start an occasional newsletter (aiming for every other month for now), so if you'd like to receive updates on publications, hear about other writers and artists and their projects, and learn cool science facts from my fourth-grader, please sign up! You can find the sign up form here.
You can read the first issue here.
Thanks in advance!
A couple months ago, a friend posted about Complete Sentence, a new literary magazine where everything they publish is composed of a single sentence. I was intrigued and thought it was a cool concept. Not long after, I had a rough night with the kids and wrote this piece, Summer Heat, in a flurry.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney lives and writes on a little piece of land in Maine.