I'm truly honored to have had The Unfastened Heart chosen as the inaugural selection of The Icon Prize. Thank you to Catherine McFarlane, Helen Hanne, and the Icon committee for choosing the novel to launch this award. And thank you to the artists the world over who have responded with such abiding gifts and enthusiasm to Icon's call for art. Whether from the U.S., continental Europe, Canada, Australia, South America, New Zealand, Africa, the UK, Sri Lanka, India, the Middle East or Africa -- you have humbled me by the sharing of your generous talents. May 2011 shine a bright light on your wonderful works!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Something iconic is happening within this photograph -- a mystery, a revelation, a secret about to be told. What does this young woman know that we don't? Does she know the narrative of beauty in which she is taking part? Is she readying herself for a wedding, a waltz, a lover, a debut? Whatever the answers, we lean in to decipher them. With a beauty bordering on the sacred, this interpretation of Mariela exists as a timeless testament to a woman's spirit -- her translucent hopes, her fragile preparations, her fate.
Mariela wore white like the template of her soul.
What a privilege to have these words translated into this shining image.
The artist, Lina Brazauskaite, lives in Lithuania.
I am a literary novelist and screenwriter who believes that the process of creating art is that of making meaning, discovering abundance, revealing grace. I expect the literary arts to nourish the mind and the heart, together -- for one without the other is an impoverishment. In a world of technical virtuosity, I prefer the profound.
I am the author of two novels, The Unfastened Heart (Dutton) and Copper Crown (William Morrow), with a third underway.
I'm most grateful to have received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and Yaddo. And I'm deeply appreciative of the generous community of readers which has supported my work over these unfolding years. Thank you for giving my work vibrance and resonance as you've welcomed it into your abundant lives.