Judy Budreau is a writer, teacher, editor and researcher whose work includes 30 years of helping people tell their stories — thousands so far, and counting. Her writing appears in a variety of regional and national media, as well as obscure literary journals. She’s the recipient of a 2016 Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Career Development Grant, and a 2017 Minnesota States Arts Board Artist’s Initiative Grant in support of her first novel. Judy volunteers with the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress, and with the Minnesota Literacy Council, and is a member of several professional, historical and business organizations. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota in a house full of books, which she is happy to lend to anyone who asks. Best advice: It’s all about the story. Really, it’s only about the story.
Judy loves to teach dynamic and engaging writing workshops in places like public libraries, community centers, genealogy conferences and retreats, and can tailor curriculum in a variety of ways. We learn about language and story together — and we have fun.
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember; I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have pencil and paper to hand. It’s how I make sense of the world, and my place in it, and it’s how I connect to others. I hope my writing connects with you.
In the summer of 2011, I left an interesting but stressful job in public radio to work as a freelance writer, editor and researcher, the work I did for 20+ years before going to Minnesota Public Radio. I live in Duluth with my beloved partner in a small red house that we bought partly because it’s full of bookshelves, and partly because Lake Superior is our backyard. My partner is a scientist; he thinks physics explains the world, and I am pretty sure poetry does. We have interesting dinnertime conversations.
My dad, and most of our adult children, live in Minnesota, and I’m surrounded by good friends. Every one of them, with grace and good humor, teach me what it means to be fully human, to pay attention to what is in front of me on any given day. Life is good.
I’ve been exploring the idea of content, and the space around it, and how we find meaning by attending to both. A poem is a poem because of the space it occupies — or the space it leaves — on the page. We hear music because of the space between notes. We see the stars because of the black sky between them. We hold ourselves separate from others by physical and emotional space.
I’m in the middle of this idea of space. Thank you for being here, too. As I have time, I’ll add work samples and links, so please check back.
updated March 2017
Writing and other good stuff
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