What, you talk to trees? Sometimes.
Mostly I go outside, as often as possible, and I try to listen. Not just to “what’s there” – what we bring is half the story. My art explores the natural world, internal space, and the conversation between them.
Most of that art is creative non-fiction. Much is photographs. Some is poetry, a more recent surprise I’m fascinated by – so now I’m studying.
I value companions in the conversation, and if you have read this far, I think you’re one of them. You are welcome to share and engage with anything you see on this site. I worked hard to get it “finished,” but the conversation is never complete, so have at it. Stories, ideas, cordial disagreements, suggestions to improve a piece – I want them all. Your time is precious, and if you are spending any of it with me I thank you from my heart.
About Trail A Week
Essays published on this site between August 2015 and August 2016 were created as part of a year-long project called Trail A Week. Many of these essays are no longer available. Let’s just say they’ve served their purpose, and have been since, ahem, recycled.
Trail A Week was my commitment to create a new original piece of writing on a schedule. I started with a new or known hiking trail, found a friend to walk it with, and then sat down at the keyboard to think about the place and the experience “out loud.” It was a fascinating process that continues after the project has ended: I’m never quite sure what’s going to come up. So far, what’s come up is Conversations with Landscape.
Everything on this site, including photography and the written word (unless otherwise noted), is copyright Tara K. Shepersky. Share all you like, but please attribute. Better yet, link.