Our person of the week: Chloë Delafield

Chloë Delafield has been a regular at Cary’s writing workshop for a number of years and went on to publish one of her pieces in the Sun magazine.

Chloë is on the board of directors for Green Branch, a mobile children’s library dedicated to social justice and the environment. Green Branch has existed as a pop-up reading room for the past year and is now raising funds for a bookmobile that will share materials and cultivate radical thought among young people around the Bay Area.

You can check out the Indiegogo fundraising campaign (complete with adorable claymation movie) here and learn more about Green Branch here.


Checking out the Green Branch Library


I love this part the most

After the Saturday workshop I settle on the couch reading The Maverick Poets, that book edited by Steve Kowit, who I was lodging next to down at the Sun Esalen thing,


him in his yurt





myYurt2013and me in mine next door






But the thing I love after the workshop is that feeling afterwards like we’ve all been together in this room dreaming out loud together. So then I read that poem by Bukowski about the cat, “The History of a Tough Motherfucker” and think life is pretty good.

Back from Esalen, the Sun Magazine “Into the Fire” conference

Rooming with Sy Safransky. We got to talk under the stars Friday night about this and that. Talking with Sy it’s never about this and that but it’s always kinda about this and that which makes it akin to the lightly ordered musings you find in the magazine. Writers giving workshops included poet Chris Burks, whose performances and performance-art-type gifts — a stone, a bell — were just what the heady, headless, heedless group of up-in-the-air poets, fiction writers, memoirists and journalists needed. Nice. A stone. A bell. Thanks, Chris. And Alison Luterman, and Pat MacEnulty, and …