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About dhaines54

Dawn Denham (formerly Haines) lives in the hill country of North Central Mississippi where she's writing a book about her mentor at the Eastman School of Music mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and teaching writing at Oxford High School. Her work has been published in Poets and Writers magazine, Brevity, Zone 3, Literary Mama, and WILLA. Her book with authors Jacqueline Raphael and Susan Newcomer Writing Together: Transforming Your Writing in a Writing Group was the first book of its kind published in the US. Her essay Aleatorik about her mother’s death won the 2012 Solstice magazine Creative Nonfiction prize chosen by Jerald Walker and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received an MFA in Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arizona, and a BM in Voice from Eastman School of Music.

Jan DeGaetani Juilliard Student 1951-1955

Friends, Some more work on the Juilliard years: If you encounter a great teacher once in your lifetime, you are one of the blessed. I can count many, many, among them Henry Brant, Norman Lloyd, and from my earliest years, … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Water Valley, Mississippi

We have a lot of catching up to do, Friends. I’ve done it. I’ve moved myself, my books and art and bicycle to the South. And I’m happy. I’ve been in this rambling old house for a little over a … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Houlka, MS

I’ve got a lot on my mind, Friends. I have friends who marched in Washington yesterday for the environment. One tells me today she is beleaguered by all she heard on the streets. It’s bad. To be in Washington now … Continue reading

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Taking Root

Friends, Providence. Chaos. The wherewithal to slow down–stop–listen. No matter. I am here now, and this happening. I’ve been in North Mississippi since March 27. My 86-year-old father has been diagnosed, cut on, and is back home in his cabin … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Pia Gilbert

I’m back, Friends! Sorta. My trip to Belize pushed me in so many ways; I was sick with the flu when I left the US, and once there, I had two falls, one bad enough to leave me with bruised … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani: 4 Days in May

Back in November, during my third visit to the beautiful home she once shared with Phil West on the Hudson, Carole Cowan and I found more treasure in the attic.  After all these years, I’d hoped there was more to … Continue reading

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Excerpt: Shadow, Part Two

Morning, Folks, Here are a couple more sections from my draft-in-progress on Barbara Ann Martin, Jan, and me: 3. Ancient Voices changes a lot of things for a lot of people. Barbara is living in New York and listens to Jan’s … Continue reading

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Update

Feb 27, 2017 Friends, Have you had a chance to read recent posts on Jan, my travels, the writing of this book? Here’s an update: I’ve been staying with my dear friend of over 30 years, Risa Lavelle in her … Continue reading

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For Sister

My sister, the painter, lays stones on me. Sometimes I’m on the bed, sometimes, the floor of her studio on the second floor, a soft, thick blanket over me. She lifts it to place the stone, at my throat, on … Continue reading

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Shadow

Dear Friends, Sunday evening, I spoke with soprano Barbara Ann Martin about her career, her proximity to  Jan, art, music, the journey. Because of that conversation, I’ve been making a draft of a new lyric section for the book . Here are two … Continue reading

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