Content Tagged ‘Poetry’

Reading: official launch of More Challenges for the Delusional

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) .

 

 

Poetry Reading: Imazine 2017 release party at Bear Library

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. 

Performances

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

More Challenges for the Delusional

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

Practicing Poetry: Weekly Poetry Workshop

Practicing Poetry
Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Ages: 18+
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.
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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.

Scholarships Available

Practicing Poetry: A Generative Workshop for Everyone

Practicing Poetry
Dates: Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Ages: 18+
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 amazing. Students will bring copies of their poems to share each week.
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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.

Scholarships Available
The Newark Arts …

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 …

National Poetry Month at The Old State House in Dover, April 4th & 18th

The Old State House in Dover, Delaware on the Green–“laid out in 1717 accordance with William Penn’s 1683 orders”

is an anchor venue of the First State Heritage Park system. The Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs have teamed up to host poets and poetry events in The Old State House this April, to celebrate National Poetry Month.

I am excited to be reading new poems to visitors on The Green again!  I last read inside The Old State House in 2003, thrilled to have worked with Fleda Brown and 11 other poets whom I met at the 2002 Cape Henlopen Poets Retreat, the inaugural 4-day getaway that was Fleda Brown’s first (and favorite, she says) Division of the Arts writers project. She was the state’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2007.  As part of the Dover Day celebration that year, …

National Poetry Month interview on WDDE 91.1 “Arts Playlist”

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 …