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.