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Looking Forward

Jacquelyn Bengfort

So many exciting things happening!

On the fellowship front, I was once again honored to receive support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for FY2019. I also recently learned that I received a part-tuition parent-writer fellowship from The Sustainable Arts Foundation to study at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing this summer.

On World Poetry Day, the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (a part of the VA) released a podcast in which I discuss the process of transitioning out of active duty military service and the importance of finding community. You can find a link to listen under the "Appearances & Press" tab. Additionally, I participated in a panel discussion at the church I attend on the topic of faith and the arts. I may be writing up what I shared. It was the first time I ever publicly read "All Saints' Day," one of the first poems I ever had published. I was crying; other people were crying; it was actually great to share that one in that setting.

Finally, I'm in talks to give an introductury-level one-day poetry workshop at an incredibly exciting venue here in Washington, DC, sometime this summer. I can't wait to share more, but as soon as the details and the date are firm, rest assured I'll be promoting the heck out of it.

Happy spring everybody, when "a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love" (thanks Alfred!) and when poets can probably be found standing in graveyards, looking up at budding leaves. As we do.