Marilyn Nelson and Soul Mountain retreat

SOUL MOUNTAIN FALL 2008

Best greetings to friends of Soul Mountain and to all Soul Mountaineers, and congratulations to us and the nation for the most momentous and beautiful decision of this new century.

Here’s what’s been happening here.

Just before the end of the July Cave Canem residency in late July, I flew to Johannesburg, where I met my friend “Abba Jacob” to travel to Botswana for a road-trip in the Kalahari. Here we deepened our commitment to the San (“Bushman”) people we had met on our 2005 Botswana safari. I was able to deliver a contract to Kuru Arts, which is part of the Kuru Family of Organisations. Kuru will be able to pay San artists to illustrate a picture-book text I wrote about their desert world. The book, Ostrich and Lark, will be published in 2009 by Boyds Mills Press. All proceeds – advance and royalties — will go to Kuru and to the artists. I’m thrilled.

While I was away, Jennifer Nelson hosted the third African Continuum Theatre Company retreat for African American playwrights here at Soul Mountain, with Reggie Edmunds and Jacqueline Lawton.

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