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 …
“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.
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
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 …
On the first Mother’s Day I have spent alone in some 30 years of mothering, I took a long morning walk to the spring-fed turquoise waters of Calanques de Cassis.
then spent several hours writing. Mes enfants me manquent, I miss my kids, my mind and my body whispered. So I replied, “Yes. But I adore being alone in this quiet fishing village, in residence with myself.”
Life at The Camargo Foundation was above all quite and private: womblike. A week into my month-long Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency, I wrote on being away by myself in a beautiful place–a Mother’s Day article for my local newspaper, where I write an occasional column “On Poetry.”
In the article, I included two poems that speak from a mother’s perspective, one by Camargo fellow Bonnie Bolling, who has four boys; and the other poem about having breakfast en plein air …
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 …
I about fell out of my chair
when I took a second look at the subject line of the email I thought was yet another “Thank you & I am sorry to convey” message. I had been working on my Sunday poem at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, from a prompt that required me to crossbreed an urban legend of my choice with an angel. I am not crazy about either affiliate. Checking out the etymology of avocado at OED.com is such a good excuse for getting online, until it turns into a good excuse for checking my inbox. I skipped over the Bread Loaf Bakeless message, thinking, “I don’t need bad news while I’m here…”
But the second time I needed the OED, I noticed the caboose of that Bread Loaf email’s subject line. The fellowship’s title is so lengthy, the words “Acceptance Notification” ran off the …
The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop. Poems, writing prompts, craft tips,
and interviews for aspiring and practicing poets.
Edited by Diane Lockward. Craft essays, prompts, model poems, writing tips and interviews contributed by 56 of our nation’s finest poets, including 13 former and current state Poets Laureate. These 56 poets contributed twenty-seven Craft Tips, ten Poet on the Poem Q&As, and twenty-seven model poems that go with the prompts. The book also includes sample poems from 45 other accomplished poets inspired by the prompts in this book. Contributors include:
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Philip F. Deaver
Karin Gottshall Jennifer …
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 …
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:
celebrates the house of our longings, our memory and our hopes. That house is filled
with real people, imperfect, living among frogs, herons, and muskrats, watching the moon and stars, not for a sign, but as emblems of what we are: watchers together. The poems are taut, poignant with love, the raw trouble of love and of families. They go unflinchingly into the hollows and find all the light that’s filtering in. —Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy
Words for House Story featured in Best Books of 2015 at Beltway Poetry
as a Best-Dressed book at The WARDROBE
read more poems The Swing
The Blue Spotted Salamander
Your Heart and How It Works
Death among the Thistles
—wood engraving by Leonard Baskin
Out here in this leggy light