I want to use today's post to bring your attention to two writers who could use your help right now.
Over the past several days, you may have noticed mentions throughout the literary blogosphere about poet Craig Arnold, who has gone missing on a small volcanic island in Japan. I don't know Craig, but I do know a bit about the fellowship that brought him to Japan. And I'd like to point you to this blog, Find Craig Arnold, where you can find out how to help the efforts to locate him.
And yesterday, my friend Deb Ross told me about someone else around whom the writing community is rallying. Bridget Zinn is a librarian--and newly-agented YA author--who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Her treatment costs are staggering. To help her meet them, her friends in the writing community have organized an online auction. Books, critiques, consultations, and more are up for bidding.
Practicing writers, let's help our colleagues.
Thanks, and have a good weekend.
UPDATE ON FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 8: For a sad update about Craig Arnold, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/news/showrelease.asp?id=31201