Due to the nature of my work, I don't often have the chance to hold readings or events that aren't in seaside communities. Most ocean-related institutions, events, and festivals are in distinguished seaboard towns and port cities that have legacy relationships with the sea. This pattern would seem to indicate that ocean conservation themes might resonate more frequently with individuals who live near the shore. That said, to equate a love of our marine environment solely with those coastal communities would be a grave disservice to the millions of people who, despite living hundreds of miles from the ocean, still care deeply about our underwater ecosystems and their inhabitants.
Case in point: after I announced the first Umijoo tour calendar back in May, I received a large number of requests to do events in towns and cities that were not on the list. The most frequently requested? Albuquerque, New Mexico: a desert metropolis that sprawls along the feet of the Sandia Mountains, 817 miles from the ocean. I like to think that the groundswell of interest in Umijoo illustrates the depth of the connection we as humans have with the ocean, regardless of whether or not it happens to be nearby.
So, thanks to the organizational efforts of our wonderful supporters in New Mexico, Umijoo is coming to the Land of Enchantment! I am honored and thrilled to offer a free Umijoo reading and signing at the Bachechi Environmental Center on July 24th. All are welcome; the event will begin at 4pm and run until about 6:30pm, I will either do one or two readings depending on attendance and flow, and books will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!