Illustration: “Abigail” by Chinue
Celebrate the publication of Abigail and The Underground Railroad! Students in grades 6 through 9 wrote and illustrated this hardcover book. During our 8-week Young Writers Workshop at the Hockessin Library, students created the story of Abigail, a slave, and Jacob, a slave owner’s son. The fictional story includes poems by participants, as prologue and epilogue. Students also collaborated on illustrations.
The events and characters are based on history. We read about underground railroad activity and conductors in northern Delaware. Guest speakers visited our workshops.
The celebration and book launch will be held at Hockessin Library, Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Open to the public. Sponsored by New Castle County Libraries.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
I was beamed up into December, somehow. Back in the world of October, I promised to highlight some poems from The Delmarva Review. (The editors seek submissions for Volume 5 through February 2012.)
The DR is a regional review, although the 33 authors in Volume 4 come from eight states, DC, and the Ukraine. I was charmed by the Eastern Shore flavor of this volume and three poems in particular.
Wendy Ingersoll’s portfolio of poems about her dad, who grew up along an Eastern Shore river, ends with a colorful monologue, “Tell Us About the River, Dad,” his description of crabbing and oystering at low tide, when “a northwest wind/ blew the water clear out of the bay…”
The title of Linda Blaskey’s “Two Days at Shipping Creek” engages my interest in our peninsula’s place names. The poet’s emotional turmoil, from the Adirondack chair overlooking Oyster Cove, is just a …