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Cooking with the Muse

“Poetry and recipes that are worth their salt both reflect natural cycles and long human traditions, ‘filling us,’ as the poet Peter Pereira puts it, ‘with what endures.’ Both, in a sense, preserve the ephemeral—the vivid observation, the fleeting emotion, the chance discovery in the kitchen, the many tastes to which we hanker to return.” […]

Southern Catalpa

The southern catalpa tree puts on a glorious show with its bloom in early summer. It displays masses of orchid-shaped flowers. When these finish, it leaves behind  tough 14-inch long beans, a popular toy amongst country children who call it the “cigar tree.” This first print in the woodcut series Flora Appalachee is available from […]

Water Paper Stone

“I love the rhythm of these long days. I am completely immersed in the sound and feel of water everywhere. On the bridge, the sound of the river, rushing over the rocks below, rises like an audible mirage against the roar of the three waterfalls in the background.”   Artist Judy OShea contacted me about […]


“A sudden curve in the forest, and a wall of black rock rises before them. When he blinks he is startled to find what seems to be a ring of smoking cones; beside them, dark shapes of tethered horses, swaying; fires. His mother nudges him, tells him they are home. Upshaw blinks, the small lights […]

Embryos & Idiots

“He knew she was hiding a bee. He could hear it zapping inside her, trapped in the amber nook that led to her mineral uterus”   A small book of poetry by Tupelo Press. I was struck by this stanza of the opening poem as I began thinking about an image for the book’s cover. […]

Stage Harbor Yacht Club

“‘There are no rocking chairs in our Yacht Club and I hope there’ll never be any.’ Fritz Hovey had an idea—let’s start a yacht club in Stage Harbor. The year was 1932, and the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. The club envisioned by Fritz Hovey was not the formal variety seen […]

University of Virginia Libraries

“It is a pleasure to update you on the Library. Herein you will find news about the innovative people, projects, acquisitions, and collaborations that are central to the Library’s support of teaching, research, and learning here at the University. These are exciting times for libraries, and I can think of no better place to be […]

Natasha Trethewey

“I did not know then the subtext / of our story, that my father could imagine / Jefferson’s words made flesh in my flesh— / the improvement of the blacks in body / and mind, in the first instance of their mixture / with the whites—or that my father could believe / he’d made me […]

Relief Printmaking

Printmaking allows us to share an original work of art with many through the creation of multiples. Relief printmaking (printing from a wood or linoleum block) is the oldest of the many printmaking techniques. It is also the most accessible to beginners and yields rewarding results rapidly. Join book artist and printmaker Josef Beery to […]