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Infinite Language: Tracie Hayes

Infinite Language: Tracie Hayes

To get to PLAYA, I drove through eleven ecoregions, tracking over 2,000 miles from Minnesota. I was doing ecology fieldwork in the tallgrass prairie before leaving early in the morning in mid-September. I drove across North Dakota, through Montana, up to the Idaho...

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Fishing and Ecopoetics: Scott T. Starbuck

Fishing and Ecopoetics: Scott T. Starbuck

Two-time PLAYA resident Scott T. Starbuck liked to start his days in residency fishing and "pausing to write on logs or boulders along rivers and creeks." In this way, during a 2015 PLAYA stay, he completed one of his books of wonderful, watery poems, Lost Salmon...

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Stillness on the Edge: Jana Richman

Stillness on the Edge: Jana Richman

I arrived at PLAYA on a frigid January afternoon after a 10-hour drive, turned through the welcoming gates, and brought the car to a sliding stop on the snow-covered road in front of the main house. A recent ice storm had covered the bare branches of every tree and...

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Natural Beauty: David Werfelmann

Natural Beauty: David Werfelmann

David Werfelmann is an award-winning American composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music whose works are widely performed and recorded by ensembles and soloists throughout the United States. His orchestral music has been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony...

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Finding Refuge: Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot

Finding Refuge: Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot

Sue and I have lived part time in Harney County, in the southeast corner of the state, for about 20 years. In 2014 we were invited to be part of the cohort of twelve residents for PLAYA’s first thematic residency, entitled “Change Dynamics in the Northern Great...

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Writer Possessed: Allison Landa

Writer Possessed: Allison Landa

When fiction writer and teacher Allison Landa heard that PLAYA had begun posting on the Edge Effects blog, she emailed us immediately. She'd loved her time at PLAYA in 2013, for many of the reasons other residents have blogged about and some they have not (yet). She's...

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Building Bridges: Evan Frost

Building Bridges: Evan Frost

Evan Frost is a conservation biologist, ecologist, and botanist with over twenty-five years of experience working at the interface of science, land management, and conservation in the western United States. He is currently focused on wildlife/biodiversity connectivity...

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Barry Lopez Fellow: Sonora Jha

Barry Lopez Fellow: Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is an author and professor with a fascinating background. She was born in India, where she worked as a journalist in Mumbai and Bangalore before moving to Singapore and then the United States to earn a Ph.D. in Political Communication. She is now a...

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Stories in Wood: Suze Woolf and Diana Six

Stories in Wood: Suze Woolf and Diana Six

Suze Woolf, visual artist, and Dr. Diana Six, entomologist and writer, had been collaborating for some time before meeting face to face. PLAYA provided the time and space for them to get together, work in residency, and get to field locations in the nearby forests and...

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Brazilians-in-Residence: Manuela Santos & Otávio Zani

Brazilians-in-Residence: Manuela Santos & Otávio Zani

As PLAYA’s Residency Manager Chelsea Peil puts it so well, "The Brazilians stole our hearts." From the moment they arrived with brilliant smiles, through the turning of compost in the garden and planting of potatoes, to the way they shared so much of themselves,...

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