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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

 

2014 Festival of Words: Students & Teachers Celebrate Books & Writing

The 14th annual Festival of Words is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Appoquinimink High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.        The event is sponsored by grants from the Delaware Teacher’s Center, the Diamond State Reading Association, DELCAPS, Wilmington University and private donations. This year’s festival will welcome Keynote Author Ellen Hopkins, author of the young adult novels Crank, Impulse, and Smoke (2013), among others.  I will offer two sessions on poetry: a writing workshop for students with fun prompts and model poems;  as well as a class for teachers–to fall in love with some new poems and find new favorites to offer their students.        Participants must register in advance for this amazing day of reading and writing!  You can find more information and the form to register here.        In preparation for the festival, students should try to read as many of the …

Yes to poetry books! joining YesYes Books

I am happy to announce I’ve joined YesYes Books, an independent publisher of poetry books & the journal Vinyl Poetry, as an Assistant Editor in Book Development, focusing on eBook development & distribution.

Right now, I am researching the collection development landscape of public and school libraries, where development involves the acquisition of poetry and eBooks. That particular landscape undergoes an earthquake a week, followed by rapidly rebuilt skylines. I will also work with Rob MacDonald and publisher KMA Sullivan on furthering a wonderful project: E.P.I.C.–teams of poets in the schools, right where they’re needed!

This independent press is driven by a stellar group of creative people Sullivan has been gathering together over the past four years to promote poets, poetry, and poetry-in-education–by designing beautiful books that offer compelling work. YesYes is committed to social justice and educational outreach and the relationship between poet and artist. And to promoting …

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 …

Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards: Asher Feldman in SPARK!

Congratulations to Delaware 8th grader Asher Feldman whose award-winning short story, The Bird, the House, and the Man, is part of a select group of artwork and writing chosen to be featured in SPARK 2012—the annual anthology of work by the most creative and original middle school students in the nation. Asher’s story won a national Silver Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Scholastic Writing Awards. You can see a complete list of national award winners grades 7 – 12 at the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers website–a list that includes several young artists and writers from Delaware.

To put Asher’s accomplishment into perspective, in 2012 the Scholastic Awards received more than 200,000 submissions of art and writing. About 1,600 of these earned National Awards, and of those, only 238 were awarded to middle-school students. SPARK 2012 features the work of 52 middle school students from 32 …

Poem of the Week at Delaware Division of the Arts

The Delaware Division of the Arts is hosting a Poem of the Week to celebrate National Poetry Month! Stop by the Division’s homepage each week for to read a poem and learn about the arts in Delaware.

This week features two poems–national award winning works by Delaware middle school students, Kyna Smith and Emma Stovicek. Both writers will be honored at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards national ceremony in New York June 1st. Congratulations to these students, and to their teachers Steven Mayo of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and David Cavagnino of Ursuline Academy.