“Naming the Nameless: A Writing Retreat for Marginalized Voices”
A rare opportunity for beginning and experienced writers who love to write and create in community! This tranquil 4-day 3-night writing and sharing getaway takes place May 27-30, 2022 in Lewes, DE at the Lazy L at Willow Creek B and B.
We’ll share our stories and proclaim our identities. We’ll give ourselves the space and tenderness it takes to be creative. Your participation lays a foundation for widening circles of storytelling and cultural healing in community.
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This writing and sharing getaway has a limited number of spots for the inaugural retreat May 27-30, 2022 in Lewes, DE at Lazy L at Willow Creek B & B.
Grants available for cost of room and board ($600 to $750). Tuition is free. Books and supplies will be provided. Breakfast …
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 …
my filipino father’s
art was to christen each child
with a mother’s memory
from “Tanaga: Song Where Every Filipinx Person Is Standing by the Ocean” –JoAnn Balingit @jabalingit
POETRY magazine (@poetrymagazine) July/August 2021
This week, Ashley M. Jones and JoAnn Balingit talk about where poetry lives in the face of loss and grief, and how that intimate place can be shared. What does it mean to let the poem, the tree, be a bridge between us, between our identities, between the living and the dead?
Read Tanaga: Song Where Every Filipinx Person Is Standing by the Ocean from the July/August 2021 issue of Poetry. And listen to more of The Poetry Magazine Podcast! (I love Faisal Mohyuddin’s poem “Allah Castles” in the May issue of Poetry.)
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 (each) Wednesday evening 5:00 to 6:30 EDT. Last class of the session is October 27th. Join us!
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/8016096 (Register for …
Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring April 7 – June 23 5:00-6:30pm eastern
. . . 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 …
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 …
What’s Your Story? Our world needs your voice. Tell your story! This online three-part writing class for all levels is sponsored by New Castle County Libraries (Delaware) and hosted by The Woodlawn Library. We will read model paragraphs each week to get us started. In session one, I’ll share my most recent poem, commissioned by Freeman Foundation and talk about narrative poetry. Examples will come from memoirs, essays and poems. We will write together in short sessions from prompts, to explore memories from which to shape your story. We’ll talk about how writers intensify language. There will be time to share our words. June 15, July 13 and August 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Free, All levels welcome, Registration required.
Your story matters. Write your story. Share your voice.
Celebrate the launch of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. This new collection of poems focuses on the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees. Published by Seven Stories Press. Edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond.
To begin the evening, poets JoAnn Balingit and Elizabeth Acevedo will read from their own work, then share inspiring poems they have chosen from the anthology. After the readings, editor Patrice Vecchione will moderate a conversation with the poets and the audience. Please come share your questions and experiences of immigration and migration.
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!