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Apr 05 2018 to Apr 08 2018

26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival

The 26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival is dedicated foremost to poetry, to past and present API Board members; to volunteers, venues, members, affiliated organizations, patrons and sponsors, to attending poets from all corners of the world, and the City of Austin - it takes a village to raise a Festival. Thank you for helping us celebrate poetry by taking part in the "largest, non-juried Poetry Festival in the United States."

Austin Poets International (API), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, promotes literary excellence by uniting poets from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through the power of written and spoken word.

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Admission fee: $50.00
10:00am to 3:00pm
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd
78752 Austin, Texas
Mar 23 2018 to Mar 25 2018

The Writing Life

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." —Martha Graham

"This workshop will allow us to leave the rush of our busy lives and be still enough to hear the stories and poems that gestate within us," says Ellen Bass. "We'll write, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks. With the safety, support, and inspiration of this gathering, you will have the opportunity to create writing that is more vivid, more true, more complex and powerful than you've been able to do before."

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this weekend will provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the writing life. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Recommended reading: Bass, Like a Beggar; ed: Dawes, When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life.

Admission fee: $845.00
9:00pm to 3:00pm
Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
93920 Big Sur, California
Mar 23 2018

Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

7:30pm
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, Texas
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 Calistoga, California
Feb 01 2018

An Evening with Elizabeth Acevedo

Acclaimed Dominican-American poet and national slam poetry champion Elizabeth Acevedo reads from her new and old work, including selections from her 2016 collection Beastgirl. She will also be reading from her first novel, The Poet X, out in March of 2018. The event is being hosted by America Magazine, the Jesuit review of faith and culture.

7:00pm
America Media
1212 6th Ave
11th Floor
10036 New York, New York

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snow. Falling

hard. Quick.
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us by surprise.
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tricked, gardenias blown about,
circling wind. Green figs.

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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 
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