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Feb 18 2018

From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Writing Aloud

INSTRUCTOR: Cynthia Childress
TIME: Sunday, February 18th, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, with a lunch break

Do you shy away from open mics because you don’t like the sound of your voice? Do you wish you could read your own writing with more confidence? Do you wonder how other writers can so effortlessly impact and connect with a live audience?

In the first half of the day, we will workshop our writing by reading aloud and listening for moments when the words lose their music. We will also investigate our goals for listeners and make sure these goals are reflected in the work. After lunch, we will choreograph the delivery of our writing by considering speaker and audience to determine tone, dramatic shifts, necessary pauses, moments to intensify emotion, and strategic gestures. Then we’ll end the day with a reading of our revised work. You will leave with a unique set of revision skills and all the tools you need to read your writing aloud.

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Admission fee: $95.00
10:30am
Writespace
2000 Edwards
Suite 212
77007 Houston, Texas
Feb 18 2018

Boundaries–Richard Blanco and Jacob Hessler at the CMCA

Please join us at CMCA for the Opening Reception of Boundaries | Richard Blanco + Jacob Bond Hessler, with a special reading by poet Richard Blanco at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition will open in conjunction with the 2018 Camden Conference, with free admission for Camden Conference Passholders throughout the weekend.
 
Boundaries is a recent collaborative project between Obama Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Together, Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among others. They challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice.
 
 
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
21 Winter St.
04841 Rockland, Ohio
Feb 18 2018

Poetry Flash presents Celebration for Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry By Women

Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry By Women is edited with an introduction by poet and radio host Katherine Hastings, founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series and host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM. She is a former Sonoma County Poet Laureate. Her most recent book of poems is Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar.
 
Readers for the event include poet-contributors:
 
Susan Cohen, whose second book of poems is A Different Wakeful Animal.
Lucille Lang Day, publisher of Scarlet Tanager Press and author of ten poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Becoming an Ancestor, two children’s books, and a memoir.
Miriam Bird Greenberg, author of In the Volcano’s Mouth, winner of the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.
Judy Halebsky, author of Tree Line, and Sky=Empty, which won the New Issues Prize.
Elizabeth C. Herron, member of PEN, Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, and author of four chapbooks and a book of short fiction.
Mary Mackey, author of seven books of poems, including Sugar Zone, winner of a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and fourteen novels, one of which made the New York Times Bestseller List. 
Connie Post, author of the book of poems Floodwater, winner of the Lyrebird Award; she is also winner of the Crab Creek Poetry Award.
Julia Vose, author of the collection Moved Out on the Inside; she is also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Academy of American Poets Prize.
Laura Walker, author of the poetry collections story, Follow-Haswed, bird book, rimertown/ an atlas, and swarm lure.
Kathleen Winter, whose new collection, I will not kick my friends won the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize.
 
3:00pm
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
94618 Oakland, California
Feb 18 2018 to Feb 23 2018

Truth and Beauty with Marie Howe and Ellen Bass

If you want to encounter more truth in your poems, to express it in the most beautiful way possible, to craft poems that reflect the inextricable marriage of truth and beauty, love and death, the luminous and the ordinary, please join us for this special workshop. We will elude and distract the censors that silence or limit us. We’ll approach our experience from new angles to find the poem within the story. We’ll question the stories we think are true and experience the power of not-knowing and discovery. We will write poems, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We’ll also read model poems by contemporary poets and discuss aspects of the craft. But mainly this will be a writing retreat—time to explore and create in a supportive community. Though the focus is on poetry, prose writers who want to enrich their language will find it a fertile environment. Although this workshop is appropriate for beginning poets, with much support and encouragement offered, it is also recommended for experienced poets, including those who have published books or chapbooks, are teaching poetry, or have simply been working at the craft for a long time.

This workshop is oriented toward generating new work AND revising those works. We’ll start each day with a talk about some aspect of the craft of writing. Then the rest of the morning will be devoted to writing. Unlike workshops where there are multiple short writing prompts, we prefer to schedule longer writing sessions so that there’s time to go deeply into your writing. You may not be actually writing that entire time, but there’s space for writing, reflection, starting off on a whole new topic, maybe taking a short break to refresh yourself and beginning again. Then we’ll have lunch together and there’ll be a little free time—to walk, read, relax, or, if you’re burning, to keep writing. In the afternoon, we’ll meet to share our work. For these sessions, we’ll divide into smaller groups, one led by each teacher (you’ll have the opportunity to work with both teachers in the small groups). Everyone will have a chance to read and to receive responses, encouragement, and support. Marie and Ellen will also provide guidance and suggestions for those who need or want that. Then we’ll have dinner and the evenings are usually free for relaxing, socializing, talking about poetry—whatever you’d like to do. The workshop begins with dinner on Sunday, February 18, and will end with our group poetry reading on Thursday evening, February 22. There will be a last breakfast together on Friday, February 23, before check out.

Set on a hilltop ridgeline above the town of Calistoga in Napa, CA and surrounded by spectacular 360-degree views, Mayacamas Ranch provides an awe-inspiring, natural setting. With its secluded and expansive grounds, comfortable guestrooms, organic based cuisine from their garden, Mayacamas is a stunning, secluded retreat center. Mayacamas Ranch has guest units and cottages situated in various buildings on the property. All beds at Mayacamas are 100% organic and feature organic sheets in all rooms. There is also a heated salt-water pool and hot tub, hiking trails and a spring-fed lake. If a trip to Italy isn’t on your calendar this year (or even if it is), come to Mayacamas Ranch! To see more of Mayacamas Ranch, visit http://www.mayacamasranch.com. Mayacamas has a variety of housing options depending on whether you would like to room by yourself or with another person. For a double occupancy room, the cost is $2,400 and for a luxury double occupancy suite (complete with a living room and private bathroom) the cost is $2,550. The options for single occupancy rooms include a single with a shared bath at $2,800, a single with a private bath at $3,000, and a luxury single occupancy suite with a sitting area, private bath, and patio at $3,150. The fees are all-inclusive, including the workshop, lodging, and all meals. Rooms cannot be guaranteed, though we will take your requests into consideration. If you have difficulty with stairs or any other mobility issues, please let us know when you register. Additionally, if you are familiar with Mayacamas and have specific rooms you would like to stay in, feel free to request them as well.

Marie Howe was the Poet Laureate of New York State and is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent being Magdalene (Norton). Her previous books include The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (Norton), The Good Thief (which was chosen for the National Poetry Series) and What the Living Do. She has also co-edited In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The AtlanticThe New YorkerAgniHarvard Review and New England Review, among many others. Marie Howe received a Guggenheim and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence and NYU. In the words of Stanley Kunitz: “Marie Howe’s poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch with the sacred.” www.mariehowe.com

Ellen Bass is the author of Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) and The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007). She co-edited, with Florence Howe, the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her poetry has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize , The Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. Her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse , and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse which has been translated into twelve languages. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Admission fee: $2 400.00
9:00pm to 3:00pm
Mayacamas Ranch
3975 Mountain Home Ranch Road
94515
Feb 19 2018

A Poetry Reading by Sawako Nakayasu

Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014) Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and a translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015), as well as unconventional translations, such as Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Press, 2015), a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata's Dance Notations, and Mouth: Eats Color. Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, Originals (Rogue Factorial, 2011), is a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor of A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, 2017), a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She has also performed on Japanese television as a poetry judge, in a re-enactment of Yvonne Rainer's Grand Union Dreams (dir. Yelena Gluzman), and in Cornelius Cardew's Paragraphs 4&7 from The Great Learning (dir. Tomomi Adachi).

6:00pm
Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 19 2018

Luxury: Philip Schultz

In this compassionate new collection, Philip Schultz’s wry and incisive poetic voice takes on both the eternal questions of meaning and happiness and essentially modern complexities―the collective power of women’s marches, the strangeness of googling oneself, the refugee crisis, the emotions associated with visiting the 9/11 memorial. At once philosophical and droll, Schultz explores life’s luxuries and challenges with masterly precision.
 
Luxury takes its name from the center poem, which has an ironic ring next to Schultz’s Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Failure. The poem is a beautiful exploration of the pull toward life as Schultz examines the question of suicide, intimately probing a familial pull toward that darkness and weaving in the philosophy of Albert Camus and the voices and legacies of Paul Celan and Ernest Hemingway. Using humor, irony, and celebration as ballast against the book’s darker forces, Luxury explores the comfort and sustenance of life, the bittersweet clarity of aging, and the anxiety of existence.
 
Philip Schultz is the author of My Dyslexia, a memoir; The Wherewithal, a novel in verse; and seven collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure. The founder and director of the Writers Studio, he lives in East Hampton, New York.
 
 
7:00pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St
10012 New York, New York
Feb 20 2018

Bryant Park Reading Room: Winter Poetry with Brooklyn Poets

Join us for the Bryant Park Reading Room Winter Poetry Series. Poetry readings are on the third Tuesday of each month through April. This month is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Poets. Contemporary award-winning poets present their most recent work for the pleasure of listening to outstanding literary accomplishment. Kinokuniya Bookstore provides the warm, library-like environment, with shelves stuffed with books (available for purchase of course) where you'll meet with other aficionados of poetry. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. 
 
Featuring poets: Jason Koo, Joe Pan, JP Howard, and Vanessa Jimenez Gabb.
 
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
10018 New York, New York
Feb 20 2018

The Open Door Readings: Tara Betts & Rachel Galvin

The Open Door Reading series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each monthly hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. February's Open Door Reading presents Chicago State University's Tara Betts and her student Jermaine Reed, along with the University of Chicago's Rachel Galvin, and her student Anna Wood.
 
The Library & Gallery are open to the public until 7:00 PM.
 
 
 
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 20 2018

City Lights Books Events

Neeli Cherkovski, will be reading from his new collection of poetry, Elegy for My Beat Generation, published by Lithic Press, on Tuesday, February 20th at 7 p.m. Hilton Obenzinger will give the opening statement.

Release Party for HOWL Record Album, Thursday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. Concord Music reissues Allen Ginsburg reading HOWL on vinyl. Opening statement by Garett Caples (Poetry Editor, City Lights) and Ann Charters (BEAT scholar), appearance by Bill Belmont (Producer Concord Music/Fantasy Records), and reminisces of Allen Ginsburg and readings from HOWL by Neeli Cherkovski.

10:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
94133 San Francisco, California
Feb 21 2018

St. Vincent College Visiting Writers Series: Meg Matich

Meg Matich is the unabashed founder of the Reykjavik (where she lives) Poetry Brothel. She received her MFA from Columbia University and her BA from SVC. She’s a translator of Icelandic and German-language literature, whose translations have appeared/are forthcoming in The Boston Review, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, and others. Her first book, Cold Moons (Phoneme Media, 2017) by Magnús Sigurðsson, received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, and is currently being turned into a choral symphony (English). Otherwise, she’s received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Comission, the DAAD, the Banff Centre, the Icelandic Literature Center, etc, and is optimistically at work on two thin anthologies of contemporary Icelandic poetry (fall 2018). She blogs Icelandic language and culture at Transparent Icelandic. 

Since its inception in 2008, the Saint Vincent College Visiting Writers Series has brought writers of merit to our campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In addition to poets hailing from across the country, the series targets international writers in translation as well as writers from Western Pennsylvania.

Free and open to the public.

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5:30pm
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Luparello Lecture Hall
15650-2690 Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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