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 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/8016096 (Register for each week that you are …
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 …
“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 …
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.
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.
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
In Grand Vocabulary: American Contemporary Illustration, an exhibit at The Delaware Contemporary (through November 12, 2016), artists and illustrators “demonstrate the increasing freedom contemporary illustrators are given to push their craft.”
I am excited to have four of my poems wonderfully treated in paintings by artist Kris Chau — such gorgeous color and line! She worked for several years, I am told, as a designer for Free People/Urban Outfitters and these illustrations reflect her love of draping the human figure. Here’s her illustration of my poem, Frac/tions.
She chose to illustrate “Complete Boy’s Armor” and “Here’s My List” from Words for House Story, as well as a newer poem, “Limón Homage,” a finalist for Rhino Poetry‘s 2016 Founder’s Prize.
I had not realized until I saw this painting how the boy in “Complete Boys’ Armor” is a warrior despite the poem’s yearning for peace if not pacifism. We live in a violent …
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.
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 …
The Old State House in Dover, Delaware on the Green–“laid out in 1717 accordance with William Penn’s 1683 orders”
is an anchor venue of the First State Heritage Park system. The Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs have teamed up to host poets and poetry events in The Old State House this April, to celebrate National Poetry Month.
I am excited to be reading new poems to visitors on The Green again! I last read inside The Old State House in 2003, thrilled to have worked with Fleda Brown and 11 other poets whom I met at the 2002 Cape Henlopen Poets Retreat, the inaugural 4-day getaway that was Fleda Brown’s first (and favorite, she says) Division of the Arts writers project. She was the state’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2007. As part of the Dover Day celebration that year, …
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 …