E D U C A T I O N
Master of Arts Degree, Creative Writing and Interarts, McGregor School of Antioch Univ., Yellow Springs, OH, 1991-93.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, (Minor in Art and Philosophy), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 1970-72.
Undergraduate, Major in Art and Philosophy, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL..
Graduate Poetry Workshop with David Kirby, Guy McKenzie Poetry Chair, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1987.
Associate Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artists: Visual Artists Pat Steir and Eve Ascheim, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1998.
Associate Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artists: Poet Diane Ackerman and Visual Artist Carolee Schneemann, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1988.
Associate Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artists: Poet Ron Bayes and Visual Artist Terry Allen, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1987.
Associate Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artist: Poet Maxine Kumin, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1984.
Adult Education Master's Degree Program (Sixty-two Hours): Ohio State University (Forty-seven Hours), Columbus, OH, 1978-80 and University of Georgia (Fifteen Hours), Athens, GA, 1978.
ILLUSTRATED TALKS AND READINGS
Below are included a few of the lectures I’ve given through Create!, the Arts Council, Crescent City Library, and the City of Palatka (Our Town NEA grant).
Future talk in February: Contemporary Black Sculptors including Yinka Shonibare (England), Martin Puryear (USA), Barbara Chase-Riboud (France), El Anatsui (Ghana), Kara Walker (USA), and Mary Sibande (South Africa) to be held at Putnam County Library, Palatka, FL, forth-coming in February, 2016.
Poetry Walks: Co-led with Charlotte M. Porter a sunrise poetry walk for the Bartram Conference. St. Johns Riverfront Park, stopping to read from Coleridge, Wordsworth, Bartram, Harriet Beecher Stowe and others, Palatka, FL, October, 18, 2015.
Libraries: Gave talk on Special Collections for example illuminated manuscripts, maps, and architecture: Library of Congress, E. Gene Smith Library, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, University Groningen, British Library, Peabody Library, Morgan Library, Beinecke Library, Harold Washington, and others. Crescent City Library, Crescent City, FL, November, 12, 2014.
Art in Public Places II: Sculpture Parks: Storm King, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Gibbs Farm, Central Park, Hirshoren Museum, Botero Plaza with work by Mel Chin, Sophie Ryder, Beverly Pepper, Yinka Shonibare. Promoting Community Awareness for the Our Town: Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts initiative, Larimer Arts Center, Palatka, FL, December 7, 2013.
African-American Sculpture: First Half of the 20th Century with special emphasis on Harlem Renaissance Sculptors: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Sargent Claude Johnson, Richmond Barthé, Selma Burke, Augusta Fells Savage, Elizabeth Catlett, Crescent City Library, Crescent City, FL. April14, 2012.
Art in Public Places I: Contemporary Sculpture: Louise Bourgeois, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Nash, Anish Kapoor, Alison Saar, Jaume Plensa and Maya Lin. Promoting Community Awareness for Our Town: Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts initiative, Larimer Arts Center, Palatka, FL, December 8, 2012.
Eco Arts: Five Approaches (Appreciators, Meditators, Recyclers, Activists, and Crafters). Included work by Hoefnagel, Ruysch, Monet, Turner, Butcher, Steir, Smithson, Goldsworthy, Lin, Gaudi, Nevelson, Chamberlain, Sze, Beuys, Coe, Anatsui and others, sponsored by Create! and Arts Council of Greater Palatka. Larimer Arts Center, Palatka, FL, December 4, 2010.
Wet Talks: Part of Margaret Tolbert’s Aquiferious Project. Read excerpts from my long-poem “How to Talk to A River” (a string of morphemes and purls), Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL, January 6, 2016.
Poetry Reading with Selections from my West View Walks. Moving throughout the historic cemetery stopping at places that evoked memoir-poems, Palatka, FL, April 26, 2014.
G R A N T S
STATE OF FLORIDA FELLOWSHIP (Interdisciplinary Category), Recognition for Work Associated with the Spoken Opera, The H's: the Spasms of a Requiem (Writer, Pro-
ducer, Co-Director, Video Collaborator), 1994-95.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (Literature Creative Writers' Fellowship), Washington, DC, 1992.
HARN MUSEUM OF ART (University of Florida), Performance Funding for The H's: the Spasms of a Requiem, 1992.
NEW FORMS FLORIDA (Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and Florida Department of State), Creation Phase Funding of The H's: the Spasms of a Requiem, 1991-92.
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, New Orleans, LA (Supported by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Rockefeller Foundation), Interdisciplinary Artists Grant, Performance of Sur les Pointes: The Ballerina and the Sea Anemone, 1989-90.
STATE OF FLORIDA FELLOWSHIP (Literature, One Award with Recognition in Two Categories, Fiction and Poetry), 1987-88.
ALDEN B. DOW CREATIVITY FELLOWSHIP, Funding and Residency for Creation of a Web-Essay, “The Roots of Nonlinearity: Toward a Theory of Web-Specific Art- Writing.” Creativity Center, Northwood University, Midland, MI, 1999.
CITY OF GAINESVILLE OUTSIDE AGENCY GRANT FOR PERFORMANCE ART, Performance funding for Sur les Pointes: The Ballerina and the Sea Anemone (Sponsor: The Gainesville Writers' Workshop, Inc.), 1988-89.
CITY OF GAINESVILLE OUTSIDE AGENCY GRANT FOR PERFORMANCE POETRY, Performance Funding for "Longing for Progress: Making Love through the Ages," (Sponsor: Gainesville Writers' Workshop, Inc.), 1987-88
B O O K S
SUR LES POINTES (The Ballerina and the Sea Anemone), published by White Eagle Coffee Store Press, Fox River Grove, IL.
THE KISS, published by Radio Room Press, Toledo Poets Center, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
THE H’S: THE SPASMS OF A REQUIEM (A Meditation on the Effects of Romanticism, Modern Architecture and the Love of Adventure in the Life of a Suicide Victim), Bloody Twin Press, Stout, OH.
THE ITALIAN SMOKING PIECE (With Simultaneous Translation), published by Helicon Nine Editions, Kansas City, MO.
THE COWRIE SHELL PIECE (With Baroque and Rococo Strains), published by Flockophobic Press, Ltd., New York, NY.
BRIDE THRASHING THROUGH HISTORY, published by Bloody Twin Press, Stout, OH.
ONLY THE NUDE CAN REDEEM THE LANDSCAPE, published by Apalachee Press, Tallahassee, FL.
C O M M U N I T Y
BARTRAM TRAIL SUB-COMMITTEE, PUTNAM COUNTY TRAILS
2015 VISIT FLORIDA
Found grant and assisted. Principals were Sam Carr, Committee Head, Janice Mahaffey, Ken Mahaffey Committee Members and partner Charles Rudd, Palatka Main Street Manager.
2014 FLORIDA HUMANITIES COUNCIL GRANT
Found grant and assisted. in the application process: Principals were Jonathan Griffith, City of Palatka; Sam Carr, Committee Head; Ken Mahaffey and Christy Sanford Committee Members.
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES: AD HOC COMMITTEE
2012-14 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANT: OUR TOWN: Project Designer and Principal Grant Writer for City of Palatka in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Palatka.
$25,000 NEA Award with local match $28,000 plus funding from community groups.
The Aquifer Project: a Three-part Grant: 1) Sculpture Acquisition, 2) River Reflections, a Light-Water Performance by Florida School of the Arts, and 3) Design Elements Planning, which evolved into a Green Print with Dr. Mary Padua’s University of Florida students.
Primary Committee: Jonathan Griffith, City of Palatka; Denise Aiken (Arts Council Director; Roberta Correa, Community Liaison; Charles Rudd, Palatka Main Street Manager; Christy Sanford, Project Designer.
$1,100 Money raised from local arts and service groups for honorariums given to working sculptors to show and discuss their work. I gave two free lectures on Contemporary Sculptors and Sculpture in Public Places: Venues for Contemporary Sculpture
$500 Given by Arts Council to support Florida School of the Arts Dancers
Invited Nader Tehrani, Head of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Architecture and Planning, to come to Palatka, give a workshop and talk to the public. He consulted with those working on River Reflections. Fifty members of Florida School of the Arts, faculty and students, participated in the event. Faculty Member Daniel Askew was principal Flo Arts Representative.
LARIMER ARTS CENTER
2010 $50,000 FLORIDA DIVISION OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES, SMALL MATCHING GRANT
Principal Grant Writer for City of Palatka and Arts Council of Greater Palatka to obtain funding for Phase I, Handicap Accessibility for lower lever education area. Grant writing partner was Elisabeth Virnstein, Arts Council Board Member. Though not required, City provided some funding.
LARIMER ARTS CENTER
2009 $3,000 DOWNTOWN TAX INCREMENT DISTRICT
Projection System: Screen and Projector. Principal Writer for Arts Council of Greater Palatka. Partners were Elisabeth Virnstein and Denise Aiken for the Council..
2009 $220,000 SOUTH SIDE TAX INCREMENT FUNDING
I brought the allocation to the South Side Historic Neighborhood Association for a vote. Before that, I had an extensive history of attempting to win funds from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Terry Luke and Karen Sagett were tireless in efforts to obtain Tilghman House renovation funding.
$2,500 BETTER PLACE Planning
$15,000 BETTER PLACE
plus $8000 the City collected from Insurance. Funding for a new roof.
Twice went to Tallahassee as principal grant writer for the Tilghman House Renovations, sponsored by Palatka Main Street and Palatka Art League. Key team members Terry Luke, President Palatka Art League; Karen Sagett and Catherine Butler, Palatka Main Street Manager. The second time Karen Sagett and I through Palatka Main Street prepared the grant, which was approved by the Florida Legislature but vetoed by the Governor as were most that year.
HISTORIC CENTRAL ACADEMY
2008 $48,000 FLORIDA DIVISION OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES SMALL MATCHING GRANT.
Banker and Volunteer Kip Calhoun was primary grant writer for Historic Central Academy Preservation & Community Development Corp. I provided short term assistance. Grant was for a temporary roof.
PALATKA HEIGHTS PARK
2005-6 $10,000 CINGULAR WIRELESS AND KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL GRANT. Applicants: City of Palatka Parks and Keep Putnam Beautiful. Tree and Plant Restoration of Palatka Heights Park, hit hard by 2004 hurricanes. Match $5,743 Christy Sanford Principal Writer with partner Sherrie Lowe Head of Keep Putnam Beautiful.
FRED GREEN PARK
2006 $5,910 Florida Urban and Community Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tree Grant for Fred Green Park. Match $6,977 Keep Putnam Beautiful. Christy Sanford Principal Writer with Keep Putnam Beautiful head Sherrie Lowe..
2005 $4,995 Florida Urban and Community Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tree Grant Rotary Park Match $5,885 Christy Sanford was Principal Grant Writer with Keep Putnam Beautiful head Sherrie Lowe Partner.
$7,093 Florida Urban and Community Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tree Grant Washington Street. Match $8,459 Principal Grant Writer with Keep Putnam Beautiful head Sherrie Lowe Partner
ST. JOHNS RIVER ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
This is a study in why you should write down your ideas. Inspired by Charlotte M. Porter, I wrote a concept paper for an environmental center. This was refined and enlarged by Elizabeth and Bob Virnstein. The plan ended up in the hands of Quinton White, Head of the Marine Institute in Jacksonville. He shared it with Jim Maher at the State of Florida FDEP who shared it with Georgia Pacific. They needed a mitigation project. The realization evolved into a children's museum, not what we envisioned and not an environmentalist's dream. Nevertheless, the power of writing down ideas remains.