New Cuban Contemporary Art program

November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

ImageVery excited to be heading back to Havana with a group of artists and art appreciators for a week focusing on Cuban contemporary art. This innovative new program, sponsored by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, will give us a fascinating glimpse into the current art scene in a country known for an incredible depth of talent in the visual arts. Of course, we’ll also have a chance to experience the other great things about Cuba, including the warmth and dignity of its citizens, its unique time-capsule ambience, and of course the great and ubiquitous Cuban music. We’ll be visiting studios, galleries, museums, schools, and community arts projects, and will have a chance to experience the art and history of Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Playa Girón as well. 

¡Viva Cuba!


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.

Dublin bound, and Inishbofin!

July 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

IMG_0397Very much looking forward to joining a group of talented young writers in Dublin, Ireland, from July 5 – 12. I’ll be giving a talk on the Jungian Shadow in fiction (see this post for a preview), and we’ll all be heading off to the small island of Inishbofin near Galway. There we’ll have a chance to share our work, create some new work, explore the stark Irish landscapes with journals in hand, and no doubt participate in many lively discussions about life, love, and the writing craft. Sláinte mhaith!

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.

Back to Cuba with National Geographic

February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Very excited to be returning to Cuba from February 24 to March 4 with National Geographic Expeditions. It’s a great itinerary that includes Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and the Bay of Pigs, and features visits with historians, architects, judges, artists, musicians, and many inspiring individuals and community groups. I’ll be giving informal lectures on Cuban history and Hemingway, and doing my best to facilitate meaningful contact between the National Geographic travelers and Cuban people. I’ll be mostly out of Internet range for that time, but if you send me a note I’ll get back to you as soon after 3/4 as I can. Viva!

Goya in Context

January 24, 2013 § 2 Comments


If you’re anywhere near southern Vermont at 7:30 on the evening of February 5, consider coming to this lecture I’m giving with fabulous artist Eric Aho at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. I promise it will be interesting – and should be a nice preview of the exciting Spain trip we’re co-leading for the BMAC this June.

New story out in Norwegian ski anthology

December 28, 2012 § 4 Comments


I”m pleased and honored to announce that a story of mine has just come out in Fra Heming unge til Hemingway, a new anthology of ski literature published by Jevelforlaget in Lillhammer, Norway (Jon Vegard Lunde, editor and translator). It’s a gorgeously illustrated hardcover that also includes works by Hemingway, Balzac, Thomas Mann, Hammond Innes, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, and many others.

The story is called “Requiem for en vinter” (“A Requiem for Winter”), and it’s an excerpt from my novel of the same name. This was my first attempt at a novel, and it was a great labor of love, though it is deeply flawed as narrative and is not destined to see publication in anything other than excerpted form.

My thanks go out to Jon Vegard Lunde for his kind persistence, and for what I assume is a fine translation from English to Norwegian. If you love skiing and writing and know how to read Norwegian, you can buy the book here.

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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