October 23, 2020

“It was our great pleasure to offer some support ACW.  We have been spending our federal stimulus cash on artists. We know how tight things have been for the arts, and for artists; and we were moved to see how generously ACW spreads its resources to writers (of all levels of practice and experience) within the region. Writing feels like it might be among the most essential – and democratic – of the arts, and it is wonderful that you are offering all these benefits to the North Country.

We are North Country natives.  Nancy from Malone, and Chuck from Chateaugay, and we returned after college (for about seven years) to live and teach in Peru. Barb and Jerry McGovern were among our favorite companions during those years. Jerry and Chuck shared wonderfully intense experiences putting up theatre with Peru’s high school aged kids.  We’ve stayed in touch over all these years, and Jerry keeps us aware of what’s up culturally in your neighborhood. He mentioned ACW recently – and pointed particularly to your rainy day poems. We were surprised and delighted by the project, and by the richness of activity in an area which had felt rather lacking during our years in those parts. We immediately felt drawn to offer some modest support.  We will keep our eyes on your website, and pass the word to other friends of the northern mountains and waters, and those who live among them.”

– Chuck & Nancy Hotchkiss

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