I’m sad to announce that the Writer-in-Residence program at Cache Creek Nature Preserve, which has brought intensive, generative poetry workshops to Central Valley writers free of cost for the last nine years, and which I have directed since 2005, has lost its funding and is going on indefinite hiatus effective as of this announcement. The Preserve’s Executive Director and I have worked closely over the last six months to apply to a wide range of external funding sources to support our anticipated tenth anniversary season, but that funding has not materialized, and the Preserve’s current operating budget does not have a margin in it wide enough to assume the cost of the program. I will continue to apply for grants to support the return of the program after this year, and will keep the CCNP writing community abreast of any developments here at the blog, so I encourage you to stay tuned for future information.
In the meantime, I send my best wishes to all of the Preserve’s 100+ poets of the last nine years, and encourage them to join other area workshops and creative communities that feed new work and new connections. The landscape you call home is still here waiting for you to listen. The conversation we’ve been having for so long is still alive and well. Poetry creates itself; let’s remember that and honor the impulse to follow its thread. Onward, all.