SwampFire Retreat for Artists and Writers


1st annual retreat, 5-6 July 2008

Dawn Comer, Adjunct Creative Writing Professor of Defiance College, began the SwampFire enterprise by opening her family's country home on July 5-6 to three other people: Jan Bechtel, an artist of the Arts & Humanities Division and the Defiance College chaplain; Mary Catherine Harper, a poet and professor of English; and Rachel Baker, a student of the college.

The photos below, taken by Harper, include shots of SwampFire participants as well as images of the surrounding Comer farm.


Jan Bechtel draws in the afternoon

Rachel Baker tends the late afternoon fire

Dawn Comer and Jan Bechtel playing with words and ideas

Dawn relaxing after her writing session

Taking in the late afternoon

After dinner, time to enjoy the flame


SwampFire Album






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