Cathy Carter invited me to read a poem from my book and chat about National Poetry Month last week, on a spot called “Arts Playlist” that aired last weekend. The longer version of the interview is archived here for online listening.
Carter is a station host and manager at WDDE 91.1, Delaware’s NPR news and public media station in Dover. I read “History Textbook, America” to fulfill her request for a short poem.
“History Textbook, America” is a poem about my father, or more accurately, about knowing little about my father, Jesus Maglanoc Balingit. Next to nothing. It’s a poem about how huge the world grows when you open yourself to Why’s paths, to wandering and wondering. As an writer I enjoy, finally, the mystery of my father. I can commemorate his mystery rather than mourn not knowing him well. In poetry, I can accept having little to go on …
“Love the written word and wondering what there is to do in Delaware? The DE Literary Events Calendar, twitter feed and FB page are intended to build community in DE.”
I must give a hearty shout-out to Tery Aine Griffin for creating and maintaining the new Delaware Literary Events calendar. Tery is an active member of the Delamarva writing community and two-time fiction fellow in the Cape Henlopen Poets & Writers’ Retreat sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts. You can browse her bio below.
The biennial Cape Henlopen Retreat gives Delaware writers like Tery a four-day weekend to focus, write and deepen our practice. It gives our small, dare I say interdependent community of poets and writers direction and strength when several of us from up and down the peninsula can get a few days together to talk about what supports our pursuit of the craft.
Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets, Edited by Joyce Brinkman and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda.
Join me, the editors, special keynote reader Coleman Barks and other contributors to this anthology for an exciting reading and discussion on the spirit of urban places. The launch of Urban Voices will be part of The Spirit and Place Festival held in and around the great city of Indianapolis November 7 – 16, 2014.
Inspired by U. S. major cities including Washington D.C., the poems capture the essence of 21st century urban America.
When and Where:
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
DePauw University, Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics
2961 West County Rd. 225 S., Greencastle, IN 46135
Urban Voices features poets
E. Ethelbert Miller Sue Brannon Walker
Peggy Shumaker Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Nickole Brown Shonda Buchanan
Ruthelen Burns Dick Allen
JoAnn Balingit Jane …
The Brandywine Hundred Writers Conference will be held on Saturday September 13th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Brandywine Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The conference offers six workshops on the craft and business of writing.
Join us for a day of workshops and discussions for writers of all levels and genres with activities designed to encourage and inspire you to write. Get down on paper that story, that memory, that vision you want to share. Lunch will be provided. While attendance is free, registration is required. This day of workshops and discussion for writers is spearheaded by Jamie J. Brunson, coordinator of The Wright Touch writers’ group which meets monthly at the library. Brunson is also executive director of First Person Arts in Philadelphia. This conference is generously supported by the Brandywine Library staff, New Castle County Libraries, the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Friends of the Brandywine …
The 14th annual Festival of Words is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Appoquinimink High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by grants from the Delaware Teacher’s Center, the Diamond State Reading Association, DELCAPS, Wilmington University and private donations. This year’s festival will welcome Keynote Author Ellen Hopkins, author of the young adult novels Crank, Impulse, and Smoke (2013), among others. I will offer two sessions on poetry: a writing workshop for students with fun prompts and model poems; as well as a class for teachers–to fall in love with some new poems and find new favorites to offer their students. Participants must register in advance for this amazing day of reading and writing! You can find more information and the form to register here. In preparation for the festival, students should try to read as many of the …
The Alliance of Young Artists and Writers has posted a list of the regional Gold Key recipients nationwide in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Congratulations to Delaware’s award-winning young writers!
The National League of American Pen Women (regional writing affiliate) and the Delaware Division of the Arts (regional sponsor) wish to acknowledge everyone who participated in the 2013 Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards. Congratulations to Delaware’s 28 Gold Key recipients in writing. What a great accomplishment! Here are lists of the Honorable Mention recipients, and Silver Key recipients in writing, for Delaware: Well done! Thank you for participating, students and teachers. Thank you for volunteering, judges. Parents and guardians, thank you for your support. For all students in grades 7 to 11, we look forward to receiving your submissions again next year. The Diamond State Branch of the NLAPW is honored to sponsor this …
The Delaware Poetry Review is an online journal founded by a team of writer-editors in 2007. DPR publishes talented poets from Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic, as well as poets from across the country with ties to the region.
Founding editor Kim Roberts invited me to guest edit the Fall 2012 issue: new poems by Josiah Bancroft, Liz Dolan, Russell Susumu Endo, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Amanda Newell, Abby Millager, Erin Murphy, Maggie Rowe, and Leona Sevick. Here’s a preview of two poems, and hope you enjoy the issue.
Turn me back into a fish.
It’s too late for reanimation,
for nerve ends and love tics.
My skin, soft, uncooked,
excited as wetted yeast,
as hungry, does soon remind me
that mine is the body
lightning made, just before
the waking, brainless monster
leapt to …
Congratulations to Delaware 8th grader Asher Feldman whose award-winning short story, The Bird, the House, and the Man, is part of a select group of artwork and writing chosen to be featured in SPARK 2012—the annual anthology of work by the most creative and original middle school students in the nation. Asher’s story won a national Silver Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Scholastic Writing Awards. You can see a complete list of national award winners grades 7 – 12 at the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers website–a list that includes several young artists and writers from Delaware.
To put Asher’s accomplishment into perspective, in 2012 the Scholastic Awards received more than 200,000 submissions of art and writing. About 1,600 of these earned National Awards, and of those, only 238 were awarded to middle-school students. SPARK 2012 features the work of 52 middle school students from 32 …
The 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen will be held September 27 – 30, 2012 at the gorgeous Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
What are these people so happy about? Can you tell they spent the day writing? After a hot breakfast? Took a break to walk along the shore? Had a gourmet dinner served? Spent the evening talking with fellow writers about poems and stories? Drank all the coffee they wanted? Are looking forward to another day of writing quietly, intensely, happily? APPLY to the 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen.You must be a Delaware resident. The Information flyer and application are at Delaware Division of the Arts homepage. Deadline for materials to be received is June 4. Story-writing workshop led by Alice Elliott Dark. Poetry workshop led by JoAnn Balingit.
(2010 participants with workshop leaders JoAnn Balingit, Tama Baldwin and Frank …
The Delaware Division of the Arts is hosting a Poem of the Week to celebrate National Poetry Month! Stop by the Division’s homepage each week for to read a poem and learn about the arts in Delaware.
This week features two poems–national award winning works by Delaware middle school students, Kyna Smith and Emma Stovicek. Both writers will be honored at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards national ceremony in New York June 1st. Congratulations to these students, and to their teachers Steven Mayo of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and David Cavagnino of Ursuline Academy.
Big thanks to everyone who came to Newark Library to hear “A Celebration of Women Poets” on Saturday, March 25th. Great turn-out! Special thanks to all who read. An eclectic & electric reading of poems by women, lovingly performed.
Blessings, Lindsey Warren, Newark Library assistant, for organizing. Here’s a list of readings as requested and thanks, everyone, for sending info.
Linda Blaskey read “Learning How to Pray” by Cathy Smith Bowers from When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, ed. by Andrea Hollander Budy (Autumn House Press, 2008). Linda read her own poem “The Rape of an Un-named Artist.”
Ellen Wise read “Amaranth and Moly” by Amy Clampitt from The Kingfisher (Knopf, 1983) and own her poem “Torque Flight (On Looking at a Photo of my Own Unfinished Face).”
Jamie J. Brunson read her poem entitled “Menopause” and “Underground Woman.”
Susan Peiffer read “Mother” from her …