photo by Greg Van Buiten

Julia Crane lives in a circa 1800 Vermont farmhouse with a Siamese cat, and formerly a flock of chickens, though she wishes to stress that the chickens lived in the coop, not the house. She started writing poems at a young age, but writing fell by the wayside as other artistic interests took hold. Julia returned to poetry in her early thirties, receiving an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. Currently she teaches at Landmark College, and previously she has taught in the BA programs at Granite State College and Union Institute & University.

Earlier in my life, I was very involved in theater, and that seemed the direction I was going to take career-wise. Then, in college, I turned seriously to classical music via the cello, having played violin as a kid. While music has always been, and continues to be, a crucial part of my life, I feel I found an integrated venue for my voice and self-expression in writing. The way poetry allows me to express myself and yet remain “unseen” is a good fit for my tendency towards introspection. My work in drama and music informs my poetry, though I’m not always sure exactly how. On a deep level, through my own experience, I feel the arts are connected and speak to each other.

Art, in some form, whether experienced as creator or spectator, is essential to my life, my daily existence, and my sense of being human.  On the most basic level, I write  from the desire to know myself, but also from the desire to connect with something more, something larger than the finite self and the bounds of an individual life.

photo by Greg Van Buiten

I’m a big believer in the relationship between reading and writing. My reading tastes in poetry and beyond are fairly eclectic, but I’m particularly drawn to nineteenth-century women authors—Mary Shelley, the Brontë sisters, Emily Dickinson—the relative circumscription of their lives and the perennial heft they achieved in their work astounds me. I also believe in humor as a necessary counterpoint to the inevitable challenges and changes life brings.