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Sarah was recently invited by Omaha Creative Institute to take on the role of Peer Facilitator for Artist Inc., a
nationally recognized eight-week course designed to help artists working in all disciplines build a more
sustainable career in the arts.
Sarah has partnered with the public non-profit cultural organization, KANEKO, to create
feedback, a one-of-a-kind reading series that invites established and emerging writers to read
from works in progress and get feedback on those new works. Part reading, part conversation,
the goal of feedback is to pull back the curtain on the creative process and empower would-be-
writers by facilitating a dialogue between writer and audience.
Season: an Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets. The book takes its readers through the lush alphabet of Nebraska poetry—from Adkins to Zumpfe—with selections of poetry by nearly 90 native-born or transplanted Nebraska writers who write and live fearlessly and with great skill. Their topics range from the beginnings of life to the end—family relationships, loss, misunderstandings, work, trust, betrayal, love and hate, bereavement. Through those lives—because of them—these poems emerged, an indelible record of the triumph of the human spirit.
Sarah collaborated with Omaha artist Bill Hoover to help name his exhibition of paintings that were created while he was blindfolded.
The Omaha World Herald wrote a nice profile piece about Sarah and her poet husband Matt, and recently granted permission to post the entire article here at the site. Here’s an excerpt, or you can download the whole piece in PDF format:
“Like many two-career couples, Sarah said, they feel the challenge of earning a living and also trying to make time for kids, career, students, marriage, organizations. But in the creative writing world, there’s no traditional structure for making that happen.
‘We help each other as much as we can to push the other forward in ways that hold us back the least,’ Matt Mason said.
Sarah, 35, recalled a conversation she had with friends when she was in her 20s. They said a woman could never be a great artist if she had a family. She argued the point. But, she said, ‘I think some part of me believed that.’
So when the San Francisco-based Blue Light Press published her book, she was grateful, dumbfounded. She wrote many of the poems while pregnant with or tending Lucia.
‘The one thing I was told would keep me from my art really fed my art and created this book,’ she said.”
The Crux is a multidisciplinary blog chronicling the decision to commute car-free for one year, with a podcast that delves into many topics important to the community. In this podcast Mick Milson and Sarah McKinstry-Brown discuss their collaboration in the Finding A Voice: Artists In Recovery program. Don’t miss it!
Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Coward’s Tale, editor at Fictionaut, and writer extraordinaire, recently wrote a column that cites Genealogy as one of several, ”pieces that worked a little magic, for whatever reason. Maybe they made me think, or ponder, laugh, feel sad, amused, intrigued. Whatever – they made me feel something.”
Many thanks to Vanessa for sharing her love for the poem, and for her kind words. Here is her write-up:
Sometimes, you read a piece of work you know will stick for a long time. This is a beautiful poem, thought-provoking and strong. I used to run weekly writing sessions in a rehab for those with serious addiction issues – and was so impressed with what they wrote, I started up an ezine which ran for six years or so. Tom’s Voice is still up there – www.tomsvoicemagazine.com. McKinstry-Browm’s poem is one I would have begged to have on the site for the great good it might do. Where my guys at the rehab were so often judged as wanting, without compassion and understanding, ‘Genealogy’ offers both. Hey – maybe I will still ask her. This is the sort of thing to leave up there for ever.
If you missed Sarah’s appearance at the Ames Reading Series, YouTube has you covered with a full 44-minute video of her interview and reading.