I have not been to Oxford Town...yet
In July, I'll be guest lecturing about social media and literature at Worcester College at Oxford University (pictured) in England as part of Georgia Tech's study abroad program. I can hardly believe it. My friend, the loverly poet and professor Karen Head, made this extraordinary opportunity happen, and I'm thrilled beyond words. Me...at Oxford. Surely they'll stop me at passport control at Gatwick Airport and tell me to take my unlearned ass back to America.
After Oxford, I'll be heading to Cardiff for a poetry reading with Karen, Ivy Alvarez and Mab Jones. We're planning to stay overnight so we can watch the World Cup and so I can go to the Doctor Who Museum. Yes, I am that kind of geek.
I don't know if I'll do a reading in London (I'm thinking no at this point), but I will be hanging out with friends who are coming in from various places and I'll be going down to Kent to see my friends Peter and Krys. She's a brilliant photographer and wants me to do a sitting in her new studio.
Then, I'm making my way to Paris for a few days and my plan is to finish the second novel while I'm there. I'll be scouting locations and just soaking up the city after nearly a decade away. It will be the 15th anniversary of my first trip to Paris, which inspired Conquering Venus.