The Eastport Gallery hosted the first of its literary talks for the season as a virtual experience on its social media page on Thursday, June 25. Katherine Stanley, a writer living in Costa Rica with family ties to Eastport, will talk with gallery member Lora Whelan, diving into the subject, Writing and Creativity in Times of Crisis. The talk may be viewed here, or via EAC’s YouTube channel.

Stanley lives full-time in Costa Rica with her family. She is the former speechwriter for Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias, the former director and editor-in-chief of The Tico Times, co-founder of JumpStart Costa Rica and works with nonprofits and others as a writer, editor and translator. Her published works include, Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter, the “Maeology” column at The Tico Times, and “Shadow Cabinet,” a weekly series of interviews of women leaders in the United States. 

The global pandemic has turned lives upside down. Stanley will explore her own writing practice while looking at how the pandemic acts to help and hinder creativity. She will read some of her work inspired by times of solitude in her life. The discussion will be free-wheeling and will touch on the theme of solitude and how it changes in different life phases; how solitude can help or hinder the creative process; how the global pandemic is an opportunity for creativity; and how writing and other creative outlets are a source of comfort. 

The Eastport Gallery is a constituent of the Eastport Arts Center and is celebrating its 35th year as a member cooperative. For more information visit or the gallery’s social media page.