I’m very grateful for this conversation with Debra Kaufman about poetry, playwriting, process, mindfulness, ego, collaboration, and more.
Take some deep calming breaths, go on a walk with your notebook in your pocket, follow your own process inclinations, and enjoy this episode.
Debra Kaufman is the author of four full-length poetry collections—God Shattered, Delicate Thefts, The Next Moment, and A Certain Light—as well as three chapbooks, four full-length and over three dozen short plays. She was twice a recipient of a Regional North Carolina Artist Grant and recently produced Illuminated Dresses, monologues by fourteen women, at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. A Midwest native, she has lived in North Carolina for thirty years and serves as an editor for the online journal One and on the Paul Green Foundation’s board of trustees.
This episode also has a bonus appearance of my four year old. If you listened to episode 115 with Amy Sawyers-Williams, then you are familiar with him crashing an interview. I popped that at the very end of my conversation with Debra so as not to interrupt the flow.
RELIEF FUNDS + RESOURCES:
- The Orange County Arts Commission Page has a long list of support resources for artists, arts industry workers, arts nonprofits, and art organizations whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Check it out.
- Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund (Musicians)
- Durham Artist Relief Fund
- Durham Arts Council Artist Recovery Fund
- NC Artists Relief Fund
- Orange County Arts Relief Fund (NC)
- Chatham County Artist and Art-Worker Relief Effort (NC)
- Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Emergency Funds (All Art Forms)
- Parent Artist Advocacy League Emergency Fund apply
- Parent Artist Advocacy League Emergency Fund donate
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