Dear Friends of Aerie,
Aerie hearts are heavy this week. It is with tremendous sorrow that we inform you of the death of Aerie’s longtime advisor and our beloved teacher, mentor, and friend Lorilee Evans-Lynn. Lorilee passed away on Friday September 23, 2016 in Mount Vernon, WA following a short but aggressive battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday October 5, from 7-8:30PM at the UC Ballroom at The University of Montana in Missoula. Lorilee’s radiant personality, intense revision notes, and loud singing will be missed in Room 44 at Big Sky High School and this week our hearts are with Lorilee’s family and friends.
The Aerie Magazine program is reeling from an enormous loss as we prepare for Aerie International’s tenth year, but we are committed to honoring Lorilee’s tenacity and passion as we move forward this year. Past Aerie members, please know that our doors are always open. We hope you will write and visit and share your wisdom and your memories with us. Board members and friends, thank you for your support of this program from the beginning. We need you now more than ever. Lorilee created a family in this classroom and that still exists here. If there’s anything we have learned from Lorilee during her time with us, it is this: Words Matter.
We are grateful to Lorilee Evans-Lynn for giving so many young writers a home and establishing a community to support them. Thank you for being our community.
Aerie Magazine Program
Episode 155 – Melissa Stephenson / Louise Gluck – Melissa Stephenson reflects on an interesting parallel between a dormant voice and an iris rhizome. She pairs her thoughts with a poem by Louise Gluck, winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1993. http://ow.ly/zclR504nkgF
Episode 154 – David Allan Cates / Robert Hass – David Allan Cates reflects on life’s conflicts and contradictions, and their capacity to bring us into balance. He pairs his thoughts with a poem by Robert Hass, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008.. http://ow.ly/V62b5045Ccg
Episode 153 – Jenny Montgomery / Gwendolyn Brooks – Jenny Montgomery reflects on the need to wake up to the realities of history, even when they are unpleasant. She pairs her thoughts with a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, a Pulitzer prize winning poet. http://ow.ly/8WHe503Cw6X
Episode 150 – David Moore / N. Scott Momaday – Reflections West co-host David Moore reflects on social justice and how it relates to living on the land we love. He pairs his thoughts with a poem by N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer prize winner. http://ow.ly/SInF503gIpc