Dead and half-dead Celtic Languages. I studied a year of Ancient Irish, Middle Irish, a year of modern Irish, and a semester of Medieval Welsh at UCB. (My grannie taught me some Irish at the knee), I can read the medieval Celtic manuscripts with a grammar and a dictionary at hand, but it's fairly hard to find and share a pint with native speakers of Old Irish.
I sometimes sing Celtic folk music (in Irish) when nobody but the wind has ears. I listen to Altan. Clannad, Cherish the Ladies, any member of The Black Family, Capercaille, Runrig, Mor Gwyddelig, Planxty, The Browne Sisters, Wicked Tinkers, Tempest, Wolfstone, Molly's Revenge, and Neil O'Neill, of course, (check him out at Neil O'Neill & the Celtic Tyger), and The Unconservatory Pianistas, Kirk Whipple & Marilyn Morales.
I've poems, essays, memoir, photos and journalism in books, anthologies, journals, etc. Essays in My America, Teachers & Writers Collective, House on Via Gombito: Women Writers in Exile, and Writing the Rails: Train Adventures from the World's Best Loved Writers.(What a silly name- the book got remaindered by Sept., 11, 2001.) I'm in there with all the dead authors which makes me a nervous. If I were to list my favorite writers & books, I'd need a blog. You can find my work online at Killing the Buddha.