Red Room did not rescue me from the edge of a cliff, from a burning building, from a crashing plane.
But rescue me it has done several times: from isolation, from feeling alone in the universe as a writer. When I first began blogging at Red Room, I was on my way to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and I was nervous as hell. Belle Yang wrote to me on Red Room to encourage my thinking about the difference between secular time and sacred time at the artist colony.
When I got to VCCA, and was placed in a dark studio, Red Roomers urged me to ask for one with more light. I did so, and Sheila Pleasants at VCCA was able to accommodate my request immediately, graciously. Red Roomers on the West Coast cheered my bravery and my new studio on the East Coast. That was an "aha" moment for me! The power of networking hit home in a very positive way.
I've been a fan every since. An online network may seem like technology only, cold. But in this case, the human beings behind the project: Ivory Madison, Huntington Sharp, and Belle Yang, to name a few stars--these leaders are superb writers and artists in their own right, activists and caring individuals. I don't how they do it all, but they do!
Red Room has not rescued me from my own shortcomings, but the network has given me the opportunity to express myself in poetry, photographs, and video, and that artistic expression has a resonant impact, a healing power of its own. Thank you, Red Room!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.