I’m doing a monthlong residency at Caldera in Oregon this January to work on a book of short historical fiction which I wrote a rough (rough rough) draft of earlier this year, called Henry Miller’s Bathroom.

But more importantly, what excites me and impresses me about Caldera is their youth outreach.  The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recently selected Caldera as a finalist for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award and I cannot wait to get involved with the important work they are doing.

Here’s some info from the Caldera website:

Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for transformation through innovative arts and environmental programs. 100% of Caldera 8th-graders transition successfully to 9th grade – a fragile period for kids who may otherwise drop out during this time. Also, 87% of Caldera students graduate from high school (compared to only 60% in the districts we work within)

more info on the artist in residence program-


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