Offsite links that relate to my personal, teaching, and research interests.
- To learn more about a fantastic contemporary poet, Annie Lighthart, see her webpage. Be sure to check out her sample poems! Lighthart's 2013 book Iron String has been garnering praise from major poets like Eavan Boland, Naomi Nye, Chase Twichell, and Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen. For recent review of Lighthart's work, see here and here. And to hear her some of her poetry read by Garrison Keillor, click here.
- For an impressively thorough, historically sound, and visually enticing overview of all the castles in Wales, see The Castles of Wales website.
- Students and aficionados of Dante and his work will enjoy a look at the Princeton Dante Project and at Guy Raffa's Danteworlds.
- The British Library has a fine (and free!) online collection of Digitised Manuscripts. The Bodleian Library in Oxford also has a splendid collection of fully digitized manuscripts. And don't overlook the online collection at the National Library of Wales either. Finally, visit this extraordinary blog/visual resource: Medieval Illumination.
- For a great scholarly blog on the literature and culture of the Middle Ages, go to Jeffrey Cohen's In the Middle. Full disclosure: this site tends to be fairly theory-heavy. For lighter fare, try Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog.
- To join, donate to, or simply learn more about the Medieval Academy of America, check out its website.
- For a loving celebration of the work of Welsh singer-songwriter Mary Hopkin, one of my favorite musicians, visit the Mary Hopkin Friendly Society. If you want a different take on Welsh/Celtic music, try Ffynnon, whose approach hauntingly combines contemporary sounds with a deep lyricism rooted in Welsh poetic traditions. Coming from a different angle, Welsh singer Fflur Dafydd puts a Welsh twist on contemporary folk-pop. And the talented folk/pop singer Meinir Gwilym is apparently now the best-selling Welsh-language musical artist ever; her website is here.
- Interested in music lessons in the Portland area? My awesome mandolin instructor, Dan Haley, also teaches guitar, banjo, uke, and a range of other instruments. He's available for gigs too. Check out his website: http://danhaleymusic.com/.
- If you are as serious about Tolkienian linguistics (particularly Quenya and Sindarin) as I am, check out Helge Fauskanger's excellent site, Ardalambion, as well as the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.