In all, 2018 was a good year on the Woodbridge Farm. We were trilled to host three exiting young writers, each from different parts of the world.
Our season began in June, with a visit from Toronto-based poet and author Dani Couture, a celebrated member of the Canadian writing community. Earlier in March of this year, she published her lasted collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit, with Wolsak & Wynn. Her two week residency, which she shared with her partner, the poet David Seymour, was fruitful and relaxing. We were excited to throw another of our popular outdoor readings with Dani — not least to celebrate our publication of her chapbook essay, A River in a Drought Is Still a River: On Not Running (available for purchase here) — but this was sadly cancelled due to the passing of Lorraine Woodbridge Munroe, my grandmother, just two days before the event was to take place.
As I mentioned in the cancellation email that was sent to our subscriber list (which you can sign up for here), my grandmother wasn’t only an enthusiastic supporter of the Woodbridge Farm Writers’ Residency, but a crucial actor in the preservation of the Woodbridge Farm itself. Without her efforts, what we’re doing wouldn’t be possible. Though she lived a long and happy life, her departure was deeply mourned.
In September, after a two-month interlude, we were pleased to host the summer’s next two authors: Maxim Loskutoff and Mikkel Rosengaard, our first international writers. Both recently published their debut titles. Maxim, who’s based in Missoula, Montana, is the author of Come West and See (W.W. Norton), a short story collection that garnered rich praise from The New York Times, among other outlets. Mikkel, author of the novel The Invention of Anna (Custom House/Harper Collins), is originally from much farther away — Elsinore, Denmark — but currently lives in New York. We were honored that these two writers chose the Woodbridge Farm as the launching point for their Midwestern and California book tour.
Their tour’s first event took place at Pages Bookshop, Detroit’s premier independent bookstore, where they were warmly received by the staff. After reading passages from their work, Maxim and Mikkel led a discussion about a number of matters that their books touch on, including alienation and issues with contemporary masculinity. We hope to work collaborate with Pages on similar events in the future. All local readers should visit their store, if they haven’t already. It’s a delightful place.
With Maxim and Mikkel’s departure, we wrapped up our 2018 season. At present, we’re preparing for next summer. Our goal is to continue expanding the range of authors we invite, extending our reach to writers of literary non-fiction. I’m enthusiastic about the year ahead.
As always, thanks to everyone who continues to make this endeavor so enjoyable.