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!
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.
October is Filipino American History Month (FAHM). Come celebrate with me at the Newark Free Library.
To honor the culture of the Philippine Islands, Newark Free Library is hosting a Parol Making Workshop. Participants will assemble and decorate a festive paper lantern or Parol. These ornamental star-shaped lanterns are symbols of Filipino yuletide tradition.
I will share poetry, we’ll listen to some Filipino folk music, and you can also take a look at the ancient script of the Philippines–Baybayin. Participants can practice drawing letters in Baybayin. We provide all materials and tools to make and decorate your parol at this workshop. Light refreshments will be served.
This workshop is free and open to everyone. “Letters and Lanterns” is part of the ALA Talk Story program, funded by the Asian/Pacific Library Association and the American Indian Library Association. Please call (302) 731-7550 to register.
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
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 …