Content Tagged ‘social justice’

Harvest: Poetry Writing Class (virtual)

Harvest

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: 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/8016094 (Register for each week that you are able to attend. Spaces limited)

How much: Free, thanks to New Castle County/ Delaware Libraries

 

 

 

Practicing Poetry: Writing in Spring

Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring April 7 – June 23    5:00-6:30pm eastern

 Free

       . . . 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 …

Practicing Poetry: Write New Poems in Winter 2021

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 …

DC Launch of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

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. 

 

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

I am so happy to have a poem in this beautiful anthology, Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. I’m reading at the DC launch March 15! More info

The collection features 65 poems and a foreword by poet Javier Zamora. Zamora crossed the U.S.-Mexican border unaccompanied at the age of nine.

It’s an honor to be included alongside poets whose lives and words illuminate “issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees.” To name a few: Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, Samira Ahmed, Chen Chen, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Bao Phi, Kaveh Akbar, Hala Alyan, and Ada Limón.

Ink Knows No Borders, edited by Alyssa Raymond and Patrice Vecchione, is available from Seven Stories Press March 2019.

Ink Knows No Borders is a timely anthology about an ancient experience: immigration, homesickness, identity and social exclusion. The anthology is “a hopeful, beautiful, …

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 …

Launch of Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets

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

 

Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets

Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets, Edited by Joyce Brinkman and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda.

Join me, the editors, 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 capture the essence of 21st century urban America.

When and Where:
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

Urban Voices features poets

E. Ethelbert Miller         Sue Brannon Walker
Peggy Shumaker             Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Nickole Brown                Shonda Buchanan
Ruthelen Burns              Dick Allen
JoAnn Balingit               Jane …

Yes to poetry books! joining YesYes Books

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 …

On a tough day, Rita Dove delivers the last word

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:

“Should …

2012 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship

Can I know my father in retrospect? Can I know my father by making up his life?

I need time to think about this question, with my pen in my hand. I am looking forward, with gratitude, to a November residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts that will give me time to dream my father. I am happy that the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes in my work enough to fund this upcoming retreat with a 2012 Creative Fellowship. The VCCA and the MAAF are valued partners in the arts here. Writers & painters & sculptors & musicians & activists I have met during previous stays at VCCA, many from the Mid Atlantic states, have become friends, collaborators and precious models for me as I pursue my writer’s life.

My father is dead and his presence haunts me. I have been doing research to learn something about …