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 …
“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 …
This opportunity is amazing: I have been writing every day, peeling into the layers of my memoir to uncover new connections. On the days I step away to work on something different, to take a break, even more connecting threads appear. Back to memoir-in-progress. At last it’s cooking.
A New International Residency for Writers
The International Lamplight Residency is a collaborative project sponsored by Write On Door County in Wisconsin, and Varuna, The Writers’ House in New South Wales, Australia. It supports six writers who have been residents at Write On or Varuna. The digital residency is a week of writing, critique and sharing. To be in this first cohort is an opportunity I am grateful for.
My Time at Write On, Door County
When my son got accepted to a college in eastern Wisconsin two years ago, I discovered Wisconsin’s writing communities. I applied for a residency at Write …
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.
JoAnn will teach a workshop in revision while in residence at Write On Door County writers center and writing retreat.
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!
October is Filipino American History Month (FAHM). Come celebrate with me at the Newark Free Library.
To honor the culture of the Philippine Islands, Newark Free Library is hosting a Parol Making Workshop. Participants will assemble and decorate a festive paper lantern or Parol. These ornamental star-shaped lanterns are symbols of Filipino yuletide tradition.
I will share poetry, we’ll listen to some Filipino folk music, and you can also take a look at the ancient script of the Philippines–Baybayin. Participants can practice drawing letters in Baybayin. We provide all materials and tools to make and decorate your parol at this workshop. Light refreshments will be served.
This workshop is free and open to everyone. “Letters and Lanterns” is part of the ALA Talk Story program, funded by the Asian/Pacific Library Association and the American Indian Library Association. Please call (302) 731-7550 to register.
I am participating in anthology reading at gallery space, The Rectangle, in Orange, NJ. My poem, “In the Stirrups,” came out of a postcard prompt Peter Murphy gave on Sunday morning during the Getaway in 2014.
More Challenges for the Delusional!
I am so honored to have that weekend’s poem delusion here alongside poems and a few stories by esteemed Annual Poetry and Prose Getaway participants and instructors!
Prose writers and poets will read from More Challenges for the Delusional (Diode Press, 2018). Come help celebrate the collection and contributors.
Poets Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson edited this volume of prompts by Peter Murphy “and the writing they inspired.”
Take a listen:
Contributor Marcia LeBeau hosts the launch at The Rectangle. (You can listen to her “Letter to Myself at Eighty” from the anthology in this Painted Bride Quarterly podcast) .
All are invited to attend. Connect with contributors to Imazine 2017. This is the 7th annual volume of New Castle County Libraries annual creative writing and art magazine for teens.
Teens: Publish your Writing
Learn about publication opportunities, enjoy light refreshments, hear this year’s contributors tell what inspired their pieces. Submissions for IMAZINE 2018 now open to Delaware teens! Submit by 11/30/18.
by The Twin Poets, Delaware’s Poets Laureates; & reading by JoAnn Balingit, state coordinator of Poetry Out Loud.
Sponsored by New Castle County Libraries and the Claymont Library.
For more information about IMAZINE go to http://www.nccde.org/371/IMAZINE
An anthology of twenty-six writing prompts by Peter Murphy and forty poems by poets who led and attended poetry workshops at Murphy’s annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway held every January at the Jersey shore and going into its 26th year. Anthology includes four short stories and eight nonfiction works by writers who attended The Getaway or its satellite retreats in New Hampshire, Scotland, Spain and Wales. This second volume follows Murphy’s Challenges for the Delusional (2012), now in its second printing.
Emerging and accomplished writers include Kim Addonizio, Tony Hoagland, Dorianne Laux, Mimi Schwartz, and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn. The prompts dare writers to take risks and produce work strange in its truth telling. More Challenges for the Delusional:Peter Murphy’s Prompts and the Writing They Inspired, Edited by Ona Gritz and Dan Simpson. Diode Editions, 2018. $15.00
Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7
Price: $90 M / $100 NM
Instructor: JoAnn Balingit
This workshop will encourage students to experiment with forms, lists, journal entries, evocative lines, and model poems to generate a poem a week. We’ll get into a writing rhythm and talk about what makes a poem work. Students will bring copies of their poems to share each week.
TO REGISTER: Call us at 302-266-7266 or visit during regular hours.
Mail your completed form, with payment, to the Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711
Sign up in person at the Newark Arts Alliance during regular business hours.
Checks cashed/credit cards processed only if class runs. Registration payments are non-refundable except in case of class cancellation.