The MacDowell Colony: Stephen Kuusisto's Current Home Away from Home

Any writer/artist lucky enough to stay at The MacDowell Colony is indeed very lucky.  Here, Steve Kuusisto and his guide dog, Nira, can do their best thinking.  Nira’s job is to provide inspiration as Steve works on his next book, tentatively titled “What a Dog Can Do”.

Steve Kuusisto and guide dog, Nira

Photo and post submitted by @ConnieKuusisto: Steve, in red sweater, is sitting in a Stickley chair in front of the fireplace in the cabin he’s staying in. His yellow Labrador guide dog, Nira, is lying on the floor by his side.

A Disability History of the United States

“What emerges in this volume is a history of several ideas. The first is the definition of disability, which has been the subject of an ongoing and spirited debate.” ~ Stephen Kuusisto

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Dogs are not our whole life…

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

~ Roger Caras

Harley and guide dog, Nira

Photo taken of our two dogs waiting at the top of the stairs. Harley is a small, black and white Lhasa Apso mix. Nira is a yellow Lab.

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Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges, is scheduled for release in January 2013.  He is currently working on a book tentatively titled What a Dog Can Do.  Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com, www.planet-of-the-blind.com

Free poetry book: "Only Bread, Only Light"

Congratulations – and thank you – to Cindy Leland!

Cindy purchased a copy of Stephen Kuusisto’s new book, , “Letters to Borges, and saved $ by taking
advantage of the pre-order price. In so doing, she also entered a random drawing and is the winner this week of an autographed copy of “Only Bread, OnlyLight”, Steve’s first book of poetry (Copper Canyon Press).

Will you be next week’s winner?

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Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges,
is scheduled for release in October 2012.  In addition to giving
literary readings, Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability,
education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com

Congrats – and thank you – to Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Congrats – and thank you – to Erin Coughlin Hollowell.

Erin purchased Stephen Kuusisto’s new book of poems and saved $ by taking advantage of the pre-order price. In so doing, she also entered a random drawing and is the winner this week of an autographed copy of “Only Bread, Only Light”, Steve’s first book of poetry (Copper Canyon Press).

Will you be next week’s winner?

 

 

Letters to Borges: Pre-order and save!

Hey friends and poetry lovers!

UPDATE: “Letters to Borges” is now scheduled for a mid-November release.

We are now counting down to the release next month of Steve’s new book! Amazon is offering a special pre-order price (details below!) and Steve would like to sweeten the deal.  Take advantage of Amazon’s offer,  email a copy of your receipt to authorsvirtualsolutions@gmail.com and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of  “Only Bread, Only Light”, Steve’s first book of poems  (Copper Canyon Press).  (If you already have a copy, it would make a great gift for another poetry lover!)

Unless notified otherwise, the scheduled publication date of “Letters to Borges” is October 15th.  Steve will hold one random drawing a week between now and then, and the final drawing will be held on the actual date his new book is released.  That means you will have a minimum of 5 chances to win if you order now.  Winners names will be posted.

1st random drawing: Sept. 19 – Congrats and thank you to Erin Coughlin Hollowell!
2nd random drawing: Sept. 26 – Congrats and thank you to Cindy Leland!
3rd random drawing: Oct. 3 – Congrats and thank you to Shirley Merrill!
4th random drawing: Oct. 10 – Congrats and thank you Karen Rudloff!
Final drawing: actual release date of “Letters to Borges” (scheduled for Oct. 15)

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Thank you, Christopher Bowsman

Thank you, Christopher Bowsman, for your kind words  ~sk

Steve Kuusisto on Poetry and Disability Studies

The Blackwell Inn was a big lavishly decorated hotel, and the conference was held in the ball room. I saw Steve Kuusisto moving up to the podium and talking to his dog “Come on, girl.” Moving in unison with the dog up to the podium. He introduced himself, his guide dog Nari, (Who “by the miracle of frozen sperm” is from his last dog), and began to explain disability as a mode of perception. The ability to re-claim “embodiment” (How our bodies are perceived.) is as ancient as language, he argues.

Steve was funny, articulate, and poetic. Frequently, he made allusions to other poems, or modes of perception that “re-claim embodiment.” That is, he examined the inner world of disability, its lived experience, in contrast to being defined as reified (lacking. Blindness being the absence of light. Deafness being the absence of hearing, etc. In his poetry, he describes his dog as being much more than a dog; that sometimes they are one being. This is actually how I feel about my wheelchair too. He tells stories of watching drunken men in wheelchairs eating flowers, and wrote about that poetically. Through poetry, Steve gains insight and a unique epistemology.

Continue reading post on Christopher Bowsman’s blog, Through Alien Eyes, The Sci-fi Worldview of Chris B.