Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Summer in Somerhouse

Somerhouse is a beautiful apartment in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, rented by the creator of Amethyst Arsenic Lit Journal for the summer of 2012. The project is based around the idea that art is created best in a community of mutual respect and support, and the best work comes out of real friendship and camaraderie among groups of artists. 

In this spirit, Somerhouse will have regular salons, workshops, and open office hours where our community can gather, be inspired, and create together. 

"Somerhouse is about contributing to our extended creative family. We make meals. We have drinks. We share our music, poetry, and performance in an intimate, comfortable, safe space. We treat everyone like friends. We entertain and inspire each other. We invite people who will contribute to a positive experience for everyone. It's ephemeral for a season, but we hope what we've done will resonate and leave those who've been a part of it with something to take away and pay forward.- Samantha Milowsky, Somerhouse creator

For a full schedule of events, click here.

And the best part of all (for me) is I get to live here as the Artist in Residence. That sounds super fancy and big-kid, but what it means is I get a real place to myself for a few months to work, work, work. After years of living in tiny rooms in shared housing, this is an unbelievable blessing. I sat there on the first night and almost started crying. 

Check out the glory of the kitchen, living room, and my bedroom. The floors are so beautiful and smooth I wish I could press all the surfaces of my body into the boards at once.

And look, a real office where I can sit at an actual desk with my books around me and write. No more hunching over my laptop in bed, at least for the next couple of months.

And this is where I get to eat my oatmeal every morning. My friend Sam Cha and I saw an albino squirrel this afternoon from this very spot. For real, this place is magic.

The first salon was last Saturday. It was exactly what we'd hoped for. A houseful of creative, positive people meeting, sharing food and drink, performing, and making. I am in love with my creative community in Boston. Right now, I am the luckiest person in the world.