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Salon Ada Soirée Successes

July 11, 2009
tStorytelling at Kullihoma, the Chickasaw Nation's grounds

Storytelling at Kullihoma, the Chickasaw Nation's grounds

Monty Python Chicken (flambé) was everyone’s favorite at this year’s  Salon Ada.  Ten artists from around the United States and Canada gathered at my home in Ada, Oklahoma, for three days of arty-farty goings-on.  We began June 26-June 28, 2009, to talk about our fiction, poetry, scholarship, and to eat, drink, and hash out the meaning of life.  We moved around a bit, giving a reading Saturday night in Blanchard, Oklahoma at Phil and Katie Morgan’s farm.  There were over 50 people, including children, at the event.  We went to Kullihoma outside of Ada where Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Robins told Salonaires a series of stories under the trees.  It was the hottest day of the year.  Temps rose to 106 in the shade.   (Yeah, we felt it.)  By the way, the ball fields for the Chickasaws are just over the hill and a part of Kullihoma. Pictured left to right are: writer and archaeologist Jim Wilson, poet Ken Hada, scholar Chad Allen, writer and scholar Daniel Justice, poet Sandra Soli, and poet Lara Mann.

The week-end jumped started my writing this summer.  I’m working on a new novel set in the Middle East.   We’re planning on expanding the Salon to include writing, painting, and singing workshops.  That’s right, I said singing.  When Daniel Justice, Jacki Rand, Katie and Phil Morgan and I broke out into song at dinner at Papa Giorgio’s in downtown Ada (the crowd in the restaurant applauded) we decided to add music to next year’s events.  (I might be exaggerating about the applause.)  Next summer Salonaires will feast on Herbert Lom’s Hawaiian Roasted Pig as the main course.  It’s complicated, but delicious.  After all, no one can create art on an empty stomach.  And if you name your favorite Herbert Lom film you’ll win a copy of my secret recipe for the stuffing.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2009 12:10 pm

    Hi LeAnne. Gosh, good to know you had the Salon again this year. We hadn’t heard a word so assumed you’d postponed it. We would have loved to have been there again! Glad all went well. And singing next year? Sounds good. John is reading SHELL SHAKER and loving it!


  2. July 14, 2009 10:27 am

    If you have it in Ada next year,,I plan to attend,,

  3. Jacki Rand permalink
    July 22, 2009 12:07 pm

    Kudos to LeAnne and Jim for the salon. I was happy to be a part of it. Made cool new friends, received lots of inspiration, saying good-bye was the hardest part. And all right across the street from me.

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