Practicing Poetry: Writing in Spring

Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring April 7 – June 23    5:00-6:30pm eastern

 Free

       . . . from this yard I have been composing a great speech, that I write about myself, that it’s good to be a poet, that I look like the drawing of a house that was pencilled by a child, that curiously, I miss him and my mind is not upon the Pleaides, that I love the ocean and its foam against the sky                                  –Lisa Jarnot, “The Bridge”  

“Practicing Poetry” spring sessions begin April 7, 2021. We’ll meet on Wednesday nights 5 – 6:30pm EDT for six online sessions through June 23rd, over Zoom. Students can register for bi-monthly sessions here to receive the login link. Please register for each Wednesday you wish to attend. Here’s permission to compose a great …

Practicing Poetry: Write New Poems in Winter 2021

Hatch some new poems in 2021! “Practicing Poetry” begins January 13, 2021 and runs for six online sessions through March 24th. We will write together on Wednesday nights 5:00-6:30 pm eastern. Students register for these Winter 2021 weekly sessions here.

This program is hosted by The Woodlawn Library and sponsored by Delaware Libraries. For teens and adults, all levels and suitable for beginners. 

We will write a lot and read a lot, poems by Monica Sok, Natalie Diaz, Victoria Chang and Craig Santos Perez. Also poets Jericho Brown, Justin Phillip Reed*, Carl Phillips, Franny Choi and more.

Lesson and prompts will focus on themes of climate crisis, animal minds, what’s in a word, and locating loss. We will practice traditional forms like sonnet, tanka and love lyrics. But also newly-forged poetic forms such as Brown’s duplex, and Chang’s appropriation of the newspaper obit to reject the traditional elegy. Register …

Words of Praise, words of loss: Writing class Fall 2020

“Writing Creativity.” Fall 2020, six-session writing class. For information click here. To register free, click here. Wednesdays September 2 and 16; October 7 and 21; November 4 and 18 at 5pm EDT.

I am really looking forward to six evenings of writing together with with folks. Take some time to sit and honor your thoughts, your inner life. You might journal, begin a letter, describe some amazing thing you saw today,  or write a few words in a loved one’s memory.

We begin the 90-minute class by checking in. Then I’ll share an excerpt from a poem or essay or story. We will talk about a technique the author uses in that piece.

Guinea fowl in a barn. Rindge, New Hampshire

And then we will write from a prompt. I like to time our writing bursts. Having a time limit somehow encourages the mind to relax. That’s good for the …

International Lamplight Residency

Read all about a new collaborative international residency

 

The International Lamplight Residency

I will attend digitally with five other residents, July 19 to 25. 

Sponsored by Write On, Door County (WI) and Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba, New South Wales.

Imagine Your Story: Online writing class begins June 15

What’s Your Story? Our world needs your voice. Tell your story! This online three-part writing class for all levels is sponsored by New Castle County Libraries (Delaware) and hosted by The Woodlawn Library. We will read model paragraphs each week to get us started. Examples will come from memoirs, essays and poems. We will write together in short sessions from prompts, to explore memories from which to shape your story. We’ll talk about how writers intensify language. There will be time to share our words. June 15, July 13 and August 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

Free, All levels welcome, Registration required.  

Your story matters. Write your story. Share your voice.

 

 

 

 

 

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

I am so happy to have a poem in this beautiful anthology, Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. I’m reading at the DC launch March 15! More info

The collection features 65 poems and a foreword by poet Javier Zamora. Zamora crossed the U.S.-Mexican border unaccompanied at the age of nine.

It’s an honor to be included alongside poets whose lives and words illuminate “issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees.” To name a few: Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, Samira Ahmed, Chen Chen, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Bao Phi, Kaveh Akbar, Hala Alyan, and Ada Limón.

Ink Knows No Borders, edited by Alyssa Raymond and Patrice Vecchione, is available from Seven Stories Press March 2019.

Ink Knows No Borders is a timely anthology about an ancient experience: immigration, homesickness, identity and social exclusion. The anthology is “a hopeful, beautiful, …

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage poetry and short story contest

I’m looking forward to reading poems for this contest!  I’ll serve as poetry juror for The 45th annual Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest.

If you’re interested (I hope so!) mark you calendar. Submissions are open through January 18, 2019 (postmark deadline).

Winners in both poetry and short story categories receive a Westmoreland Award: $200 plus an invitation to read their works onstage. Cash prizes and stage invitations go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poems and stories too. 

The Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival takes place July 4, 5, 6, & 7, 2019, with performing arts, diverse cultural events, foods from many traditions, fine arts, music and crafts. Latrobe, location of the festival site, is southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Here’s more information & a link to download an entry form.

It’s the new year, so start sending out your poems!

 

 

Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

“we can’t build a wall. we can only spout pure water again and again and drown his lies.” –Eileen Myles

RESIST MUCH/OBEY LITTLE: Poems to the Resistance, Dispatch Editions 2017. 

“This anthology represents a model for activism and mobility in a time of political emergency.” –Review by Dante Di Stefano, Resist Much / Obey Little at Best American Poetry.

Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson brought together eighteen editors from diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds to solicit and curate the work of more than 350 poets in roughly two months. Boughn and Johnson note in their introduction essay “Poetry and Resistance,” the book “is first and foremost a collective, insurgent call that is part and parcel of a sovereign people’s challenge to a narcissistic oligarch and his lackeys, who smirk now from their temporary perches of power. Its pages are bound in direct, literal ways, to the historic worldwide marches of January 22nd—and they stand as …

How do artists & illustrators push beyond traditional narrative?

In  Grand Vocabulary: American Contemporary Illustration, an exhibit at The Delaware Contemporary (through November 12, 2016), artists and illustrators “demonstrate the increasing freedom contemporary illustrators are given to push their craft.”

I am excited to have four of my poems wonderfully treated in paintings by artist Kris Chau — such gorgeous color and line! She worked for several years, I am told, as a designer for Free People/Urban Outfitters and these illustrations reflect her love of draping the human figure.  Here’s her illustration of my poem, Frac/tions.

She chose to illustrate “Complete Boy’s Armor” and “Here’s My List” from Words for House Story, as well as a newer poem, “Limón Homage,” a finalist for Rhino Poetry‘s 2016 Founder’s Prize.

I had not realized until I saw this painting how the boy in “Complete Boys’ Armor” is a warrior despite the poem’s yearning for peace if not pacifism. We live in a violent …

Finalist for RHINO POETRY’s Founder’s Prize

I am happy to announce my poem “Limón Homage” was selected as a finalist

for RHINO’s annual Founder’s Prize and will appear in the new issue in April.  Congratulations to Greg Grummer, winner of the 2016 Founder’s Prize for “The Great Butterfly Collapse” and to Runners-Up Katie Hartsock and Teresa Dzieglewicz!

It’s cool that my friend Maggie Rowe from Newark also has a poem in this issue–Newark, Delaware poets on the march! Her poem and mine are among the ten finalists. But hers has the more intriguing title, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain.” Can’t wait to read it.

“Limón Homage” is dedicated to Sema Mellian, a wonderful woman and painter whose parents survived the Armenian genocide, and who painted the still life that inspired this poem. My friend Sema passed away in September.

Thanks to Angela Narcisso Torres, Ralph Hamilton and the RHINO editors.

Event: In the Company of Poets Laureate

On October 11, I will be “In the Company of Laureates,” hosted by the Poetry Society of Virginia and Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

I’ll be there to offer poems and ideas as part of a panel on “Inspiration and Experimentation” with Virginia poets laureate emeritae, Carolyn Kreiter-Fronda and Sophia Starnes; and Prince William Poet Laureate Zan Hailey.

More than 20 current and former Poets Laureate from Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia will celebrate American poetry.

In the Company of Laureates takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas.

Poets and poetry enthusiasts are invited to join us for workshops, panel discussions, open mics and more. There will be programs and activities for teens throughout the event.

Supporters are offering …