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 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 …
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 …
JoAnn will teach a workshop in revision while in residence at Write On Door County writers center and writing retreat.
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.
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 …
Dates: Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
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.
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.
The Newark Arts …
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 …