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Salon Ada News and the Art House project

January 15, 2010

Salonaires rocked the Ada Heritage Center, January 7.  It may have been 17 degrees outside, but inside, the fireplace room was jumping with poets, performers, and audience members.  Poet Sandra Soli read from her work in progress, a memoir, Ken Hada read from his new book of poems out next month from Mongrel Press in Norman, Oklahoma.  Phil Morgan read from his new poems and even a sang and played the guitar.  Jeanetta Mish read from her new book, and Chickasaw Nation storyteller Lori Robbins told a new story that had the audience smiling through tears. As for me, I read from my new short story, “Due Diligence,” released this month in The Kenyon Review, XXXII, Winter 2010, edited by Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz, with a forward by Janet McAdams.  Both are to be highly commended for all their hard work.  It’s beautifully illustrated and has artwork by Leslie Silko.  To purchase a copy, email kenyonreview@kenyon.edu.

Special thanks also to all the Kenyon Review family who worked to make this possible.

In other new news, my son Joe Craig and his family, Sharon and son, Colton came over from Hartshorne and painted the Art House as my Xmas present.  Pictured right is one the bathrooms.  Homage to the 1950s, with white porcelain fixtures, turquoise walls, and black and white octagon flooring tiles.  In the background is a bedroom painted deep purple.

Below is the library/kitchen/living room complete with a six-foot-long bar.  It has wainscot bead board along the sides, topped with black tiles. I know, I know, you can’t tell much about it in these pictures, but it’s going to be just drop dead beautiful when we’re finished with it.  And after all this time we’re down to just the finishing details.

The Art House is meant to be a place where artists come together during Salon Ada, and other summer events.  We intend to post a list of prices for those who want to come to Indian Territory and stay for a month, a week, or even six weeks.  The rooms will be completely furnished with books, desks in all the rooms, a washer dryer, and have WiFi capabilities.   More new to come on our progress, soon.

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