On gratitude

So many folx are putting wonderful free resources out there to support each other and the collective during these stressful, uncertain times.

I wanted to gather all of them up into a great big blog post or website page, but given the inevitable fragmentation of my energy and attention right now, I’m just going to post what I can, when I can. I’ll tag and categorize these posts with #support, in case you want to pull them all up at once. And maybe one day I’ll collect them into a helpful page that lives on the site permanently.

Most of my social media time is on Instagram, so most of my references will be to that and/or folx’ websites. I am guessing a lot of these also have presence on Facebook and/or Twitter, so feel free to explore and search. Also, if you have free support resources you’re grateful for – or providing! – please feel free to comment on one of these posts (just one post, please – no need to post your service/recs on all of them!).

So! Here are a few that I’m particularly grateful for today:

The Local Library – for me, it’s ppld.org or @pikespeaklibrarydistrict on IG – they’ve gathered a list like this for local resources in the Pikes Peak Region. It’s pretty great. Check your own local library’s website, they’re probably doing the same thing because libraries are awesome. (Shoutout to my mom, who was a librarian for many decades.)

Rebekah Borucki – @bexlife on Instagram, she also has a FB page and a website. She’s made the e-books of her work free, including a beautiful meditation book for kids called “Zara’s Big Messy Day,” which is in English and Spanish, and two books for adults. She’s also leading guided meditations live on IG daily at 11:11 a.m. (Eastern, I think), and has a bunch archived on her YouTube channel. I personally am finding meditation to be a really helpful self-care resource these days; even a couple minutes at a time can make a difference.

Fierce Womxn Writing – @fiercewomxnwriting on IG and Twitter, fiercewomxnwriting.com. Sara is amazing and so is her podcast. Listen to it on any podcast platform (or the website) for gorgeous, real-life inspiration and writing prompts. Terra Preta Review and Fierce Womxn Writing are collaborating to publish In the Fray: An Anthology of Pandemic Creativity, which is now accepting submissions right here!

Many School Districts in El Paso County, CO – and, I hope, where you are too – check your local school district’s website to see if they too are providing free breakfast and lunch for all kids under 18, whether you’re in that district or not. There are multiple pickup sites around the county. Please practice safe distancing, and wash your hands, but I’m so grateful to our school districts for working to try and keep kids from going hungry while out of school at this time.

Google Arts & Culture: Frida Kahlo Exhibithttps://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo
A collaboration of multiple museums and The Google to bring you some really cool explorations into Frida Kahlo’s art, writings, and life.

That’s all for right now, but this will be an irregularly recurring feature on the site. Again, please feel free to drop suggestions in the comments! I will sort these into “totally free” and “low-cost,” this one’s totally free, so comment accordingly.

Keep well and keep writing, beloveds.

Writing in the Time of Coronavirus

Photo taken on the fourth night of our quarantine, March 17, 2020, when the weather felt in sync with our inner landscape. (c) Ann Hagerty Davenport

In this time of coronavirus, life has been turned upside down for virtually everyone on Earth. Now is a time when we need our writing and art, when our instinct to create is tantamount and in tandem with to our instincts to survive and thrive. Worth noting: this is different from the capitalist-induced worry, “Oh shit, I’m stuck at home for two weeks and if I don’t write that book and reorganize my entire house while homeschooling my children I will be a total failure.” Darlings, tear up that script and throw it in the trash-heap right now. Write a poem about what bullshit that is, and how and why we do this to ourselves so often, and let the false construct go. The more compassion we can give ourselves and each other, the better we’ll all be able to weather this storm. And the more we can turn to our art as a pressure release valve, instead of coming to it from a sense of pressure, the more it will nourish us.

In that spirit, we are thrilled to partner with our beloved friends at Fierce Womxn Writing in response to the pandemic. We’re now accepting submissions for an Anthology of Pandemic Creativity. We’re still taking submissions to Terra Preta Review, as well, and are curating an amazing next issue to share with you all.

We’ll also be using our blog more often to post prompts, comfort, and inspiration, in case you need some. We’ll be sharing things we find inspiring or helpful, as well as posting our own thoughts. You can also follow us on Instagram where we’ll be sharing a lot of content too. In the spirit of terra preta, now is the time to dig deep, reconnect to the richness of our own soul’s earth. We will make art that speaks to the breaking-down and supports the building anew, as our own ways of making peace with this totally surreal transition to a new reality. We hope you will too. And we hope you’ll share it with us. In years to come, this anthology will speak to the realities and surrealities of this time in ways that only great writing and art can. The world needs your voice, our voices. Speak your truths (since truth is never a monolith, it’s messy and multifaceted). Make your art. Release your pressure valve. We’re here to support you through this. We feel like our mission as a literary journal speaks to this time directly, even though we never anticipated this happening…