Poet and lifelong activist Jason Grundstrom-Whitney was hosted by Eastport Gallery for the second virtual literary evening of the season, titled, “Spirituality and Creativity: The Poetry of Jason Grundstrom-Whitney.” He is joined during the prerecorded event by gallery member Lora Whelan and Resolute Bear Press Publisher and Editor Valerie Lawson, who published his first collection of poems, Bear, Coyote, Raven. His poetry has been featured in 3 Nations Anthology and the Underground Writers Association’s Anthology of Maine Poets.
The prerecorded event may be viewed here, on the gallery’s Facebook page and website and via EAC’s YouTube channel.
Grundstrom-Whitney is a husband, father, grandfather and a
Bear Clan member of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Grundstrom-Whitney has studied with many spiritual leaders, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Joan Halifax, his Clan Mother Joan Dana, as well as his sister Brenda Lozada and numerous other Native Elders. He has been in recovery for 37 years and writes from his experiences hitchhiking around the country for two and a half years and learning from the many everyday masters across cultures he has met in his travels.
As a lifelong activist he has worked for Native American rights, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, hospice and end of life, homelessness, the environment and climate change, and bringing alternative medicine to allopathic medical thought. A University of Southern Maine graduate and an LSW/LADC/CCS, Grundstrom-Whitney works as a substance abuse counselor/co-occurring specialist at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta.
The Eastport Gallery is a constituent of the Eastport Arts Center (EAC). For more information visit www.eastportgallery.com.