• $10.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Tuesday October 24th at 7pm

Location: Sky Lake Meditation Center

Address: 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY, USA

Contact: Andrew Forbes
[email protected]

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Open House: In Praise of Listening

With Christian McEwen

October 24, 2023

Open House:In Praise of Listening
a book reading event
with Christian McEwen

Most of us think of listening in fairly literal fashion: human beings listening (or not listening) to one another; the pleasure of attending to a familiar piece of music. But listening can have a far broader and more capacious meaning, moving out beyond the small apparatus of the ears to the hands or belly or enveloping spirit/mind. In her new book, In Praise of Listening Christian McEwen reflects on listening (silence, music, nature, prayer, &c.) in a series of thoughtful chapters, each one focused on a different theme. When an athlete speaks of “listening to his body,” or a gardener describes herself as “listening to the land,” when writers and artists explain that they are “listening” to their work-in-progress, they are using the word as she chooses to use it here — as an extended metaphor for openness and receptivity, rippling out from the self-centered human to the farthest reaches of the non-human world.

Books will be available for purchase!


Christian McEwen
Christian McEwen is a writer, educator, and cultural activist. She has edited four anthologies and produced a video documentary, Tomboys!, and a play, Legal Tender: Women and the Secret Life of Money. Her books include, World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down and Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews. Christian grew up in the borders of Scotland and now lives in western Massachusetts. In Praise of Listening is her most recent book.
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