Content Tagged ‘Mid Atlantic region’

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 …

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 …

Launch of Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets

Join me, editors Joyce Brinkman and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, 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 in Urban Voices capture the essence of 21st century urban America. The anthology features former US poets laureate Billy Collins and Ted Kooser, as well as many current and former state poets and other celebrated poets from across the country.

When and Where: A Poetic Journey through Urban America, with keynote reader Coleman Barks

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

 

Brandywine Hundred Writers Conference

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 …

On a tough day, Rita Dove delivers the last word

Washington DC writer and teacher, Chloe Yelena Miller invited me to be guest blogger on April 30, last day of National Poetry Month 2013. A chilly month, a tough month, a gorgeous month, a month honoring poetry.

Here in the mid-Atlantic, April ended with blue sky, brilliant stars, trees heavy in blossom, spring flowers bursting into every crystal of sunlight. I attended poetry readings all month long during April and Rita Dove’s, most of all, served me. In the piece, I reflect on how her poems worked me over. A few hours earlier, I had learned my son was hunkered in his New Bedford apartment in a city under lock-down, during a tough week for all of us, for many reasons. As Dove said toward the end of her reading, she had taken us up and up, reading poems about family and dancing and identity–and she paused to decide:

“Should …

2013 Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards

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 …

2012 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship

Can I know my father in retrospect? Can I know my father by making up his life?

I need time to think about this question, with my pen in my hand. I am looking forward, with gratitude, to a November residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts that will give me time to dream my father. I am happy that the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes in my work enough to fund this upcoming retreat with a 2012 Creative Fellowship. The VCCA and the MAAF are valued partners in the arts here. Writers & painters & sculptors & musicians & activists I have met during previous stays at VCCA, many from the Mid Atlantic states, have become friends, collaborators and precious models for me as I pursue my writer’s life.

My father is dead and his presence haunts me. I have been doing research to learn something about …

Delaware Poetry Review–New Works from the Mid-Atlantic Region

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.

Bath Time

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 …