Back in the Swing of Things

Hello Everyone, I am back in full swing after mostly social media silence during a full year sabbatical. During that time I was immersed in translating pre-Socratic Greek and French philosophy, writing narrative memoir poems – a book length collection – on my childhood in Tahiti, French Polynesia, taking art classes and rehabilitating orphaned wildlife. In February, I gave a Tahitian Dance Workshop with the Reretava Tahitian Dance Company (attended by about 120 people) at the Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, followed by a solo dance and storytelling performance (with musical accompaniment provided by my son Mikaël Mulholland). Here is an excerpt from my telling of the Creation of the World by the god Ta’aroa:

This summer, I’ll be teaching Digital Storytelling and Media Arts for the SUNY Empire State College Lebanon Program, with a residency in Cyprus from July 14-20. In the fall, I’ll teach Digital Storytelling (advanced undergraduate level), Advanced Design Seminar (graduate course), and Digital Media Arts and Technologies (graduate course). For more about my courses, see my SUNY Empire faculty site.

Composite image of 3D Avatars created by Dr. Nicola Marae Allain.

3D Avatars created by Dr. Nicola Marae Allain.

Last weekend I had a literary Saturday, attending an afternoon Seeing with Words Writing Workshop at the marvelous Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, taught by the lovely and talented poet Marilyn McCabe. That evening, my colleague, friend and neighbor Himanee Gupta-Carlson gave a fascinating talk at Northshire Bookstore on her new book, Muncie India(na): Middletown and Asian America. I can’t wait to read it!

Author JAuthor Joseph Bruchac at Raptor Fest 2018, with ta Great Horned Owl, a Barred Owl, and a Red-tailed Hawk. oseph Bruchac at Raptor Fest 2018, with two owls and a red-tailed hawk.

Author Joseph Bruchac at Raptor Fest 2018

We spent Saturday afternoon at the Washington Fairgrounds Raptor Fest volunteering for North Country Wild Care. The photo above features live raptors who are unreleasable due to injuries that compromise their ability to survive in the wild. They are educational animals cared for by the wonderful wildlife rehabilitators Diane and John Hime. Annie is the female Great Horned Owl; Maggie, a female Barred Owl, and Allister, a male Red-Tailed Hawk.

I look forward to a fun, productive summer, and hope yours is wonderful.

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