Noted author and activist John Lane visits MVA

Kristine Walsworth
Kayaking, Poetry, and Environmental Studies. What more could we want? On October 24 and 25, Science and Literature fused into one as Montverde Academy hosted author and activist John E. Lane.
His visit began with a field trip to Wekiwa Springs State Park where Mr. Lane, a river man himself, graciously agreed to spend time leading a hands-on kayaking and writing workshop with some of our Advanced Placement students. Taking in the beauty of nature and experiencing the writing process created a unique opportunity for this special group of MVA students.
That evening, MVA hosted a public reading and a book signing of Lane’s most recent book of poetry, Anthropocene Blues at the Sandra O. Stephens Fine Arts Auditorium.  Students in English classes experienced some of Mr. Lane’s poems and essays previous to his visit and were able to interact directly with him in a follow-up Q & A session. Among our favorite poems were the varying perspectives on “Erosion”, the funny snake stories and “D.O.R.” and “Poem Without an End.” Mr. Lane even shared a brand new poem, written the week before while in Perdido Key, about nature and our possible “dystopic” future – we heard it first! 
In addition, Mr. Lane spent the next morning meeting with students in small discussion groups in our newly renovated Newlin Recreation Lounge. A limited number of signed copies of Anthropocene Blues and My Paddle to the Sea are currently available in the Duncan Student Center.
Thank you John Lane - and the lovely Betsy - for a remarkable experience!