“Birches” was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in August of 1915 and appears in Frost’s third book, Mountain Interval (1916). Considering the underlined portions of  the poem (window three) leads us to the ideas of reaching toward, even if we fall short.

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About this year’s Summer Soultice and Contact Information:

A special affinity for the written word inspires me to continue to lead writing and creativity workshops, especially the annual Summer Soulstice in honor of J Zach Gregg.

Julia.Gregg3@gmail.com is the contact email for this year’s Soulstice retreat information and guidelines. Reserve one of the limited spots at this beautiful lake house retreat. Please use this same email to contact Julia with any communication for the site or offerings on it.

Located near Franklin, IN, this year’s three-day Summer Soulstice Writing Retreat is made possible through Karen and Niel Ellerbrook’s support of the arts as well as the J Zach Gregg fund. There is no charge for lodging or instruction, and there will be plenty of time to relax and create.

Once you contact Julia Gregg by email to sign up, you will receive more specific location and scheduling instructions. Dates for the Summer Soulstice Retreat are June 18, 19, and 20, and we have room for 15 participants.

We hope to see you there!

Soulstice Workshop Leaders:

Julia Hightower Gregg was a columnist for the Evansville Courier and Press for almost three decades, as well as a teacher, writer, and consultant. She is a founding member of Signature School, where she taught Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate English for 16 years. Wild Sweet Orange Ride was her first book, published by Vineyard Stories in 2014, and Threads, a children’s story, is her second book, published in 2016. She holds a BS from Auburn University, an MS from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and an MFA from Murray State University. She is currently a writer and educational consultant.

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THREADS, a children’s book, and WILD SWEET ORANGE RIDE, nonfiction, can be ordered for $19.95 plus $3.05 for postage. Indiana residents include $1.40 sales tax. Mail to 13486 E. 131st St., Fishers, IN 46037.


Judy Hood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami where she is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Learning Community Fellow. She presently teaches courses in Visual Rhetoric and leads Creative Writing Multi Genre Workshop at U of M.

Her students’ stories and collaborative poems, inspired by the documentary film One Water, are published on the Knight Center for International Media web site and their Dialogue with a Painting project on the Lowe Art Museum website. She received recognition for her poem “Thanking Joe” from The Robert Frost Heritage House Poetry Festival and for her Best Start Fiction from Glimmer Train. Two of her stories, “Strange Old Cookie Cutters in a Brave New World” and “Memories of the Garlic Sisters’ House” have appeared inTheMiami Herald, and her article on Zora Neale Hurston, “Born with a Skillet in Her Hands,” was published in The Southern Quarterly.

She is the winner of the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition for her essay “Language Arts”; Ms. Hood was awarded the Andrew Mellon CREATE grant for “Attic Treasure: Flagler’s Dream Train.”

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