The Month of the Buckeye (and a week of the Cardinal)

Greetings, Buckeyes.  Jenny Boylan will be making not one but two trips to your fair state of Ohio in the forthcoming month of March.  Trip the first is on March 3, when I’ll be speaking at Wright State University in the evening.  I believe my event will be open to the public, and I’d be glad to meet readers of all stripes if you’ll come on down.

I’ll post more specific details about this event within the next week, when they are safely in hand.

Secondly, I’ll be doing a whirlwind tour of the Toledo area at months’ end.  I’ll be doing two events on March 31st.  First, a morning event at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, OH.  Then, a late afternoon/evening event at Owens Community College in Toledo.

I’ll let you know more of the details on that one too, as we get a little closer. Also, I’ll be speaking at SUNY Plattsburgh on March 10th.  (The home of the Fightin’ Cardinals.)  So if you’re in the upstate area (and in Plattsburgh, we mean WAY upstate), I hope you’ll swing through and say hello on that occasion too.

I generally try to suspend travel and lecturing from Thanksgiving onward, as the Maine winter just makes travel too insane.  The winter will continue on in March in Maine, but I’m hitting the road anyway, and will hope for calm weather.  Wishing will make it so!

(And yes, I’m aware that “Bucky” Buckeye pictured above left is the mascot of Ohio State, not Owens or Findlay, but please.  Any opportunity to post an image of Bucky Buckeye really ought to be seized, don’t you think?  (And yes, Bucky Bucky really did once win first place for “Queerest College Mascot” in a contest sponsored by a group of national GLBT college organizations.  When I spoke at Ohio State a few years ago, I was given a little Bucky doll that still sits on my desk– one of my happiest mementoes from the endless road trip that is my writing and teaching life.  (Right after the Jack Kerouac bobble-head  I got from U-Mass Lowell.)

This also puts me in mind of an old Burl Ives song, slightly altered for the occasion :

Way up yonder above the sky

A blue jay nest in a jaybird’s eye.

Buckeye Jen, you can’t go. Go? Even spin, you can’t go.

Buckeye Jen.

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  1. Buckeye
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    So sad to be missing you during your Ohio trip, but thanks for the love on the website!! As an OSU alum, I’m very pleased that our mascot “Brutus” – his real name – gives you happy memories and occupies a place of honor in your home. I hope you stop back soon.

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

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  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

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  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."