Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Beach in Winter—What a Spot for a Writer!

The beach in winter is amazing! The ocean has its own steely character, deep blue with sparkling highlights; the cyclists are more dedicated; and the light—well, the slanted light over the ocean is glorious, even through scattered rainclouds.

Yesterday was my first day as Writer in Residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House. If you have never been here before, you are in for a lovely surprise, rain or shine—even without taking a dip in the pool (which is closed for the winter). Whether you are a writer, a reader, or just curious about what poets do at residencies, you are warmly invited to stop by the Marion Davies Guest House this Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and every Friday through March 10 for a conversation. You might also want to avail yourself of a docent tour of this historic house, built for the actress Marion Davies by her longtime companion, the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. 

Bring a favorite poem, and I'll show you some of mine! We can talk about any aspect of poetry that interests you, and you are welcome to ask me about my book in progress or anything else you've always wanted to know about poetry but were afraid to ask. 

Hope to see you this Friday—which is forecast to be sunny, by the way!—or any other Friday for the next eight weeks.




  1. This blog is a great idea--especially for those of us who are dying to know about your residency, but don't want to interrupt your writing. What a view. What a time for you! Bravo!

    1. Thank you, Terry! It's been only three days, and already I'm having some important revelations—the first one being that I need to slow down, step back, and do some thinking and journaling about my intentions for the work before just jumping in and trying to generate lots of new poems, so that's what I'm doing. It's such a luxury to have uninterrupted thinking time like this, it's incredible! And the skies have been amazing, too! Tomorrow I have one, maybe two, guests coming to office hours, and then Saturday is my first workshop. So far, so good!

  2. Dinah, have fun. Wish I could stop in for office hours!!