My Life: Constance Congdon, Playwright-in-Residence

Feeling crafty

Submitted by Katherine D. Duke

Last fall, I was delighted to read an announcement inviting members of the Amherst community to sell our wares at the second annual Campus Holiday Craft Fair. I’d been making beaded jewelry since middle school and crocheting hats since high school, so I figured this would be the perfect place to show off my skills and to earn some Christmas-shopping money. I got out my hooks and yarn and beads and set to work. I felt crafty.

Wednesday Night Shakespeare

Submitted by Katherine D. Duke

A Wednesday eve to Webster did we come—
Ten students, a professor and myself—
To gather ‘round a table laid with tea
And carrot cake. What play was it this week?
They’d done MacBeth, and Romeo they chose
For Valentine’s. So which tonight? Pray tell!
The cake displayed our title in sweet script:

The Merry Wives of Windsor. Comedy!
(It’s one I’ve never read, and, so we learn,
The only one that Shakespeare ever set
In modern England—his own time and place.)