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Jul 29 2017

When the Political Becomes Personal: A one day workshop for writers

Join us for a day of writing that responds to the tumultuous nature of our current social and political ecosystem. A selection of readings will offer examples of well-written personal essays. Peter’s writing prompts will inspire you to explore the different ways you can present your point of view.
 
In the afternoon, you can spend more time writing and revising or share one of your new drafts in a supportive feedback session. Peter will help you sharpen your focus and turn your opinion into a publishable piece that will evoke understanding and empathy within your readers. The day will end with suggestions on how and where to submit your essay.
 
More details:
  •  Bring a work in progress or start something brand new.
  •  Open to prose writers and poets, even if personal essay isn’t your usual genre.
  •  Participants will receive a selection of readings approximately one week prior to the program. You will get more out of the day if you read them before you arrive.
  •  Everyone will have time to "workshop" their piece!
 
Limited to just 12 participants. Register today so you’re not disappointed.
Admission fee: $150.00
9:45am
Kramer Hall
30 Front Street
08037 Hammonton, New Jersey
Jul 16 2017

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a FREE, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. It is Chicago’s only living “author-centric” festival, filled with OUR stories told through books, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, play writing and art!

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10:00am
61st Street
from Cottage Grove to King Drive
60637 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 11 2017

Red Hen Press Reading at the Annenberg Beach House

Join Red Hen Press authors Diane Gilliam, t'ai freedom ford, Genevieve Kaplan, Jessica Piazza, and Lynnell Edwards for a FREE reading in Santa Monica at the Annenberg Community Beach House! Also featuring a singing performance by Caitlyn Conlin. 
 
Learn more about the event and performers on our website:
9:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
1335 N Lake Ave, Ste #200
91104 Pasadena, California
Sep 13 2017

Red Hen Press at The Cornelia Street Cafe

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of reading at Cornelia Street Café. Featuring Red Hen authors Chelsey Clammer, Sebastian Matthews and Kathline Carr.

General admission is $10, and includes one free drink.

To find out more about the performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/ydxvkh86

Admission fee: $10.00
9:00pm
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Sep 15 2017

Red Hen Press at Poets House

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of reading at Poets House. Featuring Red Hen poet Elise Paschen, along with Edward Hirsch and Ellen Rachlin.

General admission is $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Poets House members.

To find out more about these performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/y9sru9l3

Admission fee: $10.00
9:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York

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Fly envious Time, till thou run out thy race,   
Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours,   
Whose speed is but the heavy Plummets pace;   
And glut thy self with what thy womb devours,   
Which is no more then what is false and vain,  
And meerly mortal dross;   
So little is our loss,   
So little is thy gain
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this was a vision: humans
create
world emerging from an egg
a shepherdess is our voice victim of sorrow
victim of sorrow is our own mind
took our stations to the street
buildings on fire, create the anterior mindset
anywhere out of this world

poem
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five