New interview up at The Grub Daily

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

This has actually been up for awhile but i just found it (it was done in the lead-up to Grub Street’s exhilarating Muse and the Marketplace conference). Some thoughts on good books, strange places, favorite bookstores, and more.  Read the full interview here.

At Muse14 with my wonderful cousin, the author Eleanor Henderson

At Muse14 with my wonderful cousin, the author Eleanor Henderson

Short fiction collection a finalist for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

NRP PostercrI actually got a call about this a few days ago, but I didn’t want to post it here until it was “official,” i.e., until the public announcement had been made. Anyway, now that is is official, I am honored to report that my short fiction collection, provisionally titled Crime and Fly Fishing,  has been selected as one of ten finalists for this year’s Many Voices Project prize! New Rivers Press is a wonderful Minnesota-based organization whose mission, in part is to “publish and promote enduring contemporary literature.”  The Many Voices Project (MVP) is an annual competition the press has run since 1981 for “new and emerging” writers, meaning writers that have not published more than two books of creative writing. MVP is the oldest competition of its kind and has a prestigious reputation, and I couldn’t be more excited to be among the finalists. Please keep your fingers crossed!

Back into the time capsule

March 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

IMG_0493Excited to be heading back to Cuba with National Geographic Expeditions from March 30 to April 7! I’ve done this particular itinerary a good number of times now, and there are almost always surprises — most of them pleasant, all of them fascinating.

Then again, it’s impossible to be in Cuba on any given day and NOT have a fascinating experience of one kind or another. This is particularly true because the island is undergoing such a rapid period of change; every time I return there are changes, most of them subtle, some of them not. Don’t worry, I’m taking notes!

If anyone is looking for an opportunity to experience for yourself what I’m talking about, here’s an upcoming program I particularly recommend.

Cuba talk at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

DSC04355Very pleased to be giving a talk at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center on contemporary Cuba. I’ll address some of the important historical aspects leading up to the present moment, with a special focus on Cuban art and the fraught Cuba – US relationship. If you’re in the area, it would be great to see you there!

Click here for the details.

Best of Havana piece up at National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog

April 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s a pretty subjective list, and limited by the format. But some of it might be useful if you’re thinking of going to Havana. Read here.

Cuba, Cuba, Spain and Ireland

April 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

Very excited for several upcoming trips! First up is another National Geographic program to Cuba, April 18 – 24, in which I’ll be introducing a group of mostly first-time visitors to one of my favorite places on the planet and giving lectures on Cuban colonial history, 20th century Cuban history, and Hemingway’s years in Cuba.

Next up, from May 12 – 24, I’ll be returning to the Pearl of the Antilles with a small group of honors students from Keene State College. I’ve been co-teaching a class there with political scientist Prof Chuck Weed on the history of US – Cuba relations this semester, and it will be great fun to show everyone around and let them experience for themselves the vibrant and enigmatic realities of contemporary Cuba. And we’re planning some great hiking and snorkeling!

From June 2 – 10, sponsored by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, the talented contemporary artist Eric Aho and I will be accompanying a small group of travelers to Madrid, Úbeda, Córdoba, Granada, and points between for a fascinating art-based journey in Spain. We’ll be learning a lot about the Spanish context, taking in some of the world’s greatest art from a creator’s perspective, and everyone will have the opportunity to produce some of their own art as well. Very excited to get back to Spain after a long absence! There’s still some (limited) space on this trip, so you if have these dates free and want to explore Spain in a fun and absolutely unique way, drop me a line.

From June 29 – July 12, I’ll be working with three other writers and a group of 24-30 young writers (14-18 yrs old) in Dublin, Ireland. Couldn’t be more thrilled by the prospect of another field-based writing workshop – it’s been awhile. There’s still room on this program too, so if you happen to fall into the above age range, follow the instructions on the link to apply. Don’t wait, because this one is filling up fast.

If you’re interested in Cuba and looking for a fun, informal (i.e., non-touristy), and relatively affordable way to get there, check out this fascinating art-based people-to-people program I’ll be leading in early November 2013.

Lightship Short Fiction anthology out

December 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

148_thumbBritish publishing house Alma Books has just released the anthology showcasing the winners of the 2012 Lightship International Literary Prize.

My short story “The Money Pill,” set in Santiago, Cuba, and featuring a hapless protagonist with whom I have very little in common (truly!), appears in the anthology, which I encourage you to purchase by clicking here . . .

Cuban National Choir comes to New England

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

It was a great honor and pleasure to guide and interpret for the National Choir of Cuba (Coro de Entrevoces) on their concert tour of New England, Nov 1- 6, 2012. This is a very special, world-class group of vocal musicians. I got to know them on my most recent trip to Cuba last July. The Coro performed at South Church in Portsmouth., NH, on October 30th at 7:00pm, the Harwich Junior Theatre Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. (508-432-2002 x4) and at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (508-349-9428). They performed two shows in Boston, at Gasson Hall, Boston College, and the Berklee College of Music. Here’s a clip from the Gasson Hall show for your enjoyment. Take a moment to watch it – I guarantee you’ll be impressed.

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New travel article out

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tim’s award-winning essay, “Embargoed Brothers: An American in Off-Limits Cuba,” appears in the July 2012 issue of Empirical, a new literary and current affairs magazine with an interesting range of content and slick production values. Click on this link to order or preview.

Back to Cuba, with choral music!

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

From July 1 – 9, 2012, Tim joined an Educational Travel Alliance team leading an historic concert tour in Cuba for Voices from the Heart, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based alternative women’s choir participating in the 2012 CorHabana Festival Internacional de Coros. Highlights included performances with the National Chorus of Cuba, the Cuban Children’s Chorus, and the fabulous Cantores de Cienfuegos.

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