Content Tagged ‘Reading’

Harvest: Poetry Writing Class (4 virtual meetings)

Class meets Wednesdays: October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27 from 5:00 to 6:30pm EDT. →REGISTER ←

 

In this four-week poetry class, we’ll ask ourselves, “What is a successful harvest?” How have we gathered nourishment for our lives–food and water, material comfort, spiritual wealth, love–and how do we disperse that nourishment?

 

No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.

                 –environmentalist and poet Wendell Berry, from “No Going Back”

 

In a world disrupted by human existence, how do we give back more than …

Harvest: Poetry Writing Class (Oct. 2021 virtual)

Harvest

In this four-week poetry class October 6-27, we’ll read and write poems to ask ourselves, What is a successful harvest? 

Register for single weeks or all four weeks. Wednesday evenings 5:00 to 6:30 EDT.

Free, Open to all, Sponsored by the Woodlawn Library (Delaware Libraries).

In a world disrupted by human existence, how do we give back more than we take?  All levels welcome.

What were the names of the trees/ my father said good-bye to? 

–“Tanaga: Song where every Filipinx Person Is Standing by the Ocean” in the July/August 2021 issue of Poetry Magazine

Why: In exercising your creativity, you give back. 

What: Generative poetry writing class; Weekly handouts of readings for discussion and prompts

When: October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27. Wednesdays 5:00 to 6:30pm EDT.

Where: on Zoom. For link, register here: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/8016094 (Register for each week that you are …

Practicing Poetry: Writing in Spring

Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring April 7 – June 23    5:00-6:30pm eastern

 Free

       . . . from this yard I have been composing a great speech, that I write about myself, that it’s good to be a poet, that I look like the drawing of a house that was pencilled by a child, that curiously, I miss him and my mind is not upon the Pleaides, that I love the ocean and its foam against the sky                                  –Lisa Jarnot, “The Bridge”  

“Practicing Poetry” spring sessions begin April 7, 2021. We’ll meet on Wednesday nights 5 – 6:30pm EDT for six online sessions through June 23rd, over Zoom. Students can register for bi-monthly sessions here to receive the login link. Please register for each Wednesday you wish to attend. Here’s permission to compose a great …

Practicing Poetry: Write New Poems in Winter 2021

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 …

Words of Praise, words of loss: Writing class Fall 2020

“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 …

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) .

 

 

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 …

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 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 …

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 …