Just learned I have been nominated for a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, located in Umbria. Later this summer, I'll be submitting a formal application, and then notification will occur in December for a 2007 or 2008 residency.
My friend Bruce rents a farmhouse in Umbria for his own retreat, as he is now working in Dubai, the DisneyWorld of the Middle East. So it would be very cool to go there (meaning Italy and not the United Arab Emirates), and after, stay with Bruce, and perhaps travel to Northern Spain to visit another friend, Ingrid. Anyway, seeing how the fellows include writers Bei Dao, Jamaica Kinkaid, Nick Drake, Ron Padgett, Pat Mora, Tomasz Salamun, and Anne Waldman, it's simply very cool and humbling to be nominated.