Update and attempt to tame an out of control website

Hello everyone,

You received a post from me today that had some old postings and some odd web formatting.  My apologies.  At least it was proof that I’m still out here.  And thank you all for responding to those old posts, even though they were out of date.

More important, the year is starting on a good note.  I’m going to try to do better to keep you all in the loop.  As of this moment — and things could change — I have made the hard decision to turn down a chance to be part of the Jaipur, India, literary festival, which is one of the largest in the world.  I hope to be able to attend next year.  But there is wonderful news, also, in that Neither Wolf nor Dog, that old warhorse of mine, has been chosen as the selection for One Book South Dakota.  This means that I will be able to travel the length and breadth of one of my favorite states, continuing my efforts to bring the Native experience more fully into our national historical narrative.  South Dakota is truly the canary in the coal mine in a good sense of the term, because it is arguably the place in our nation where the cultural encounter between the Native and non-Native peoples is most immediately present in day to day life.  If healing and understanding can take place here, the ripples can spread outward in all directions.  I am thrilled and honored to be able to play my part in this effort.

I will also be speaking to the annual conference of a Franciscan health care system that serves 14 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois.  It is a chance to use a different voice — the one that has always loved, and one time written about, the prayer of St. Francis.

I may also be speaking in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and Missoula, Montana, though these engagements are far from certain.

And then there is the slow, steady unrolling of Dancing with the Gods, my book on the hidden joys and unseen challenges of a life in the arts.  This book will take root slowly, because it needs to find its way into colleges, high schools, and art schools.  That will happen more easily when it goes into paperback.  For now, it continues to find favor with artists and teachers around the country and in the U.K.  I love this book and think it has much to offer.  It will be a true pleasure to watch it find its way in the world.

Meanwhile, the German edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog has come out, and it is a thing of beauty.  And if you are a person who prefers listening over reading, Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce, The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo, Dancing with the Gods, and Neither Wolf nor Dog are now all available on audio.  Tim Conner, man who narrated Neither Wolf nor Dog, should get some kind of voice Emmy.  He doesn’t read it so much as perform it.  It is well worth a listen.

Well, posts like this are, I suppose, necessary, but they feel more like announcements than letters to written to you, my faithful readers.  We can count this as a catch-up posting and a harbinger of things to come.  I promise you more intimate and thoughtful posts in the future.  You deserve them.  Thanks, as always, for sticking with me.  I appreciate your patience and cyber-friendship.

12 thoughts on “Update and attempt to tame an out of control website”

  1. Nice hearing from you, Kent. Miss the blog but I know you are a busy man. I, too, have found many new paths and am busy learning new things and recalling writings I need to pursue. Love all your writings.

  2. Thank you, so much for your “update”. After reading your trilogy I am simply lost in amazement, sense of connection and, even though you have no idea, you are my new best friend! May grace be your companion always.

  3. I write from India, and I hope that u cm to Jaipur next year. Its a fascinating, historical city, and the festival is a vibrant beehive for authors.

  4. Mike & KatieHicks

    Praise the Lord for people like you! We love your books and consider you a family friend as a result of you sharing the love that we both have for the native people of this nation.
    Blue Sky Blessings!

  5. Ah, keeping track of this stuff is kind of a happy problem. Your tone is deeply sincere. It’s the Real Deal. I’m very happy to be a reader and have much to discover.

    Just read, in Orion, a tale of the Memoninee forest people in Minnesota and thought of you and your stories from the north woods and plains. It was a very pleasant surprise when I saw your email this morning, and again this evening.

    Gearhart, Oregon

  6. Dear Kent, I am a newbie to you and your works. In my chaotic/feeling almost ready to continue the journey life, I somehow managed to sign up for your email updates! Listening to a sample chapter from Dancing with the Gods I now feel as though I have a cyber friend whose encouraging works will be a source of strength as I choose to move forward with my life, my contributions and all that it entails. Thank you.

  7. Thanks, Laura. You will find many different voices in my work, but all united by the belief that life is, at heart, a spiritual journey. Welcome to this strange, delightful cyber family. It is, I assure you, full of good and like-minded people.

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