This is simply about writing

Belonging Here

I’m a middle-aged MFA student and writing teacher living in the Northwest Corner of the United States – my home is home of the traditional Coast Salish Peoples. An acknowledgement tossed into the ether of the internet feels a meager offering for what this means and how it matters. It’s a kind of pointing – an orientation device, I suppose. Look here.

I suppose this writing is about the matter of writing and the wonder if it matters to be writing in the midst of an apocalypse, in the middle of my life, on the margins of a continent troubled by late-stage colonial-capitalist systems, structures, and habits,  and the oppositions or contradictions I or we inhabit here or there. Right here.

I suppose I want others who inhabit the world as I do – teachers, writers, skeptics, introverts, and dreamers to find something in these lines that speaks to them — solace or inspiration? I’m not sure what’s more sorely needed. We’re here.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Published by Kat Byrd

teacher, poet, cyclist, mother, bird watcher

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