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Hockessin Library Young Writers Workshop: Book Launch 

Illustration: “Abigail” by Chinue

Celebrate the publication of  Abigail and The Underground Railroad! Students in grades 6 through 9 wrote and illustrated this hardcover book. During our 8-week Young Writers Workshop at the Hockessin Library, students created the story of Abigail, a slave, and Jacob, a slave owner’s son. The fictional story includes poems by participants, as prologue and epilogue. Students also collaborated on illustrations.

The events and characters are based on history. We read about underground railroad activity and conductors in northern Delaware. Guest speakers visited our workshops.

The celebration and book launch will be held at Hockessin Library, Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Open to the public. Sponsored by New Castle County Libraries.

 

Letters & Lanterns: Celebrating Filipino American History Month 2018

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.

 

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

AWP Conference, Tampa

Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10: YesYes Books, Book Fair

Saturday, March 10
S117. Literary Public Citizen: The Poet in the Community, Panel, 9:00 am

In a round-table discussion based on audience questions and comments, we’ll talk about how poets and writers can build community and meet local needs.
More information

ASIDE: As a child I attended a Cat Fanciers Association show, my first conference in Tampa. My job was to help my mother clean and brush her tortoiseshell and chinchilla-silver Persians before ring time and clean their cages, especially the miniature rugs I had crocheted (to match the cats’ blue, gold, and green eyes). There were few other children around. I spent most of the day wandering among men and women who p(r)imped their strangely compliant felines while conversing with them. I hope this conference will be equally weird & exciting. It’s my 6th AWP conference and my …

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 …

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 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 …

Delaware Literary Events

“Love the written word and wondering what there is to do in Delaware? The DE Literary Events Calendar, twitter feed and FB page are intended to build community in DE.”

I must give a hearty shout-out to Tery Aine Griffin for creating and maintaining the new Delaware Literary Events calendar. Tery is an active member of the Delamarva writing community and two-time fiction fellow in the Cape Henlopen Poets & Writers’ Retreat sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts. You can browse her bio below.

The biennial Cape Henlopen Retreat gives Delaware writers like Tery a four-day weekend to  focus, write and deepen our practice. It gives our small, dare I say interdependent community of poets and writers direction and strength when several of us from up and down the peninsula can get a few days together to talk about what supports our pursuit of the craft.

So …