Birds. Getting up at dawn to run. Mothering. Creating among chaos. Landscape and place.
Rebecca Rasmussen is the author of The Bird Sisters. She’s also a mother, teacher, and a runner. In an Art is Dialogue conversation with this multi-tasking writer, we dive into her daily and writerly world. We explore how discipline feeds creativity. How running clears a space in our minds for creativity. How being a mom while also teaching can stretch her to her limits, but also how it makes her time more valuable.
Join me in this unique, intimate talk with Rebecca about her book, and how it just couldn’t exist without a little town called Spring Green, Wisconsin. Listen below.
For me the book couldn’t have ever happened without Wisconsin. It’s just so irrevocably tied to Wisconsin; this is not something that could take place in even Illinois, or Iowa, or Michigan. It’s so tied into the tapping into of memories and what the land means to me, trying to figure out through those memories my attachment to that place. Yes, absolutely, what essentially always comes first [for me] with the book, is the place.
I have a lot of friends who are really talented writers and who gave up because it got a little tough with publishing and things like that and [they] didn’t power through. I kept wanting to grab them and say, “Keep going! Get on your hands with me, just crawl with me.“ – Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters