Member Spotlight: Lucy J. Madison
Lucy and Dara have been members of the PPRTA since 2015.
“We have created roots here”
“I have lived in many places, but here is a feeling of home… here is where my heart is,” says Provincetown Part-Time Resident Taxpayer member Lucy J. Madison, speaking, of course, of Provincetown. Lucy is a full-time author, screenwriter, and poet. Two of her novels, In the Direction of the Sun and Personal Foul, along with her debut collection of poetry, I.V. Poems, prominently feature Provincetown including its galleries, beaches, and restaurants like Chach. Her books are carried by Womencrafts on Commercial Street. Lucy’s screenplay about Emily Dickinson and the poet’s 30-year relationship with her sister-in-law was a 2011 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab finalist and is currently in pre-production with Academy Award nominated Ellen Kuras slated to direct. Born in Connecticut, Lucy played Division III basketball for Mount St. Mary’s College in New York. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Lucy worked for over 15 years in higher education marketing and public relations. Lucy and her wife, Dara bought a place at Bay Colony Condos in 2011. Dara is a member of the Bay Colony’s Board of Trustees. The couple hegan visiting Provincetown when they started dating eighteen years ago. They were married four years ago at Race Point by Provincetown’s Rev. Christie Hardwick. Lucy and Dara were renting a place along the Hudson River in New York when Hurricane Sandy destroyed the house. With their beloved pets and the few belongings they could fit in their car, the couple moved to their Provincetown home for the winter. Eight months later they secured a place in Connecticut, only because they are not “yet able to live in Provincetown [year round] due to our family commitments." The plan, says Lucy, is to be in Provincetown fulltime, “writing, running an adult women’s basketball league as well as volunteering for IFAW to assist with marine life strandings.” Lucy already volunteers her time during Provincetown’s Inspiration Weekend, teaching a writing class and reading her works. She has already done readings at Womencrafts and the Harbor Lounge during GirlSplash in July. She will be participating in the Provincetown Library’s Book Fair in September and will be reading her works at the Provincetown Library and the Golden Crown Literary Society gathering during Women’s Week in October. “We have created roots here,” Lucy explains. “It is more than just a place where we sleep… We are not just visiting. We have friends that we want to be with.” Lucy further states, “Nobody owns Provincetown. We are all a part of it… and need to know how to take care of what we have here.” Indeed, Lucy’s love and respect of Provincetown are not just words. She is donating 10% of the first year sales of her just released book, In the Direction of the Sun to the Provincetown Library. When asked about the periodic negative comments directed toward part-time residents, Lucy states, “Provincetown has always been a place to love whomever you want, to live however you want. Why that is not carried through to those who live here, regardless of time, is a mystery. [Part-timers] are just as vested but just cannot be here full-time yet. To draw distinct groups that isolate or separate the community is just not what Provincetown is about.”