My name is Magdalena Herreshoff and I live high up in the Andes in Ecuador, more than 7,000 ft above sea level, in a little village called Uzhupud, about 45 minutes driving from Cuenca. Every early evening I look out over the valley towards Cuenca to admire the changes of color of the sky and the movements of the clouds usually sipping on a fine Royal Dutch vodka martini or home made kombucha with aqua con gas, bitters and lime on the rocks.
I am 76 years old and 8 years ago, my husband and I decided it was time to have one more big adventure in our lives. We sold most of what we had and put our treasures in a storage unit in the Northwest, where we had lived for over a decade. We each took one suitcase and headed off for the first time to Cuenca, Ecuador. Other than visits to the States, we never turned back. After a year we bought some property in Uzhupud and that is where I am now writing my books of Andean poetry and short stories.
In the first month of my arrival in Cuenca, Ecuador, I joined a new group of writers, called Writers in Transition, also referred to as WIT. I was an active participant of this group for two and a half years and am very grateful for the support, encouragement, and feedback I have received from this diverse and talented group of mostly expats.
My books “High in the Andes” and “Vodka Musings and Cloud Poems” were produced in 2017 and are limited art edition poetry hand-sewn books commonly called chapbooks. I am presently writing a new limited edition prose poetry book called “No such Stories” and “Green Mountain”.
I have been a writer all my life and have produced several Limited Edition Art Books, a combination of poetry, prose and original art, which have been collected by various University Libraries in the state of Washington (see Books).
Magdalena Herreshoff, poet, author