This new issue of our newsletter, #50
, like our last edition, is a response to the situation we find ourselves in with the Covid pandemic. We hope it will bring some smiles and maybe a laugh or two. It’s the first time I thought to feature the work of one artist throughout. Ron Hobbs has quite a singular voice as you will discover if you’re not already familiar with his writing.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s he achieved modest success as a poet, reading often in NYC and touring college campuses. A book of his poetry was in print, as well. As much as I’m a fan of his poetry, I loved his stories perhaps even more. They’re all poetry, in any case - as for instance with Wells of Living Water
The first of Ron's pieces that I published was in The Secret Alameda
#4. That was in 1992. Over the years, many others followed. Here are a few and I’ve included my 2004 interview with Ron Hobbs.
And should one think this being issue #50 could go unremarked, no; it wouldn't be right. It's a number that requires at least a pause, if not some candles. It's a pause full of gratitude for so many things—crossing paths with ServiceSpace being one of the big ones. That event is going on 14 years ago and the magic that was sparked then continues to flow. Welcome. —R. Whittaker