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Apr 08 2017

Writing in the Pines

Leave your winter doldrums at home and join us in the heart of the New Jersey Pinelands, where spring will be breaking through the sandy soil. Let this getaway revitalize and inspire you as you set some new writing into motion. Choose from workshops in memoir, fiction or poetry.

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Admission fee: $80.00
Kramer Hall
30 Front Street
08037 Hammonton, New Jersey
Apr 23 2017


Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center invite you to celebrate nature, birds, and National Poetry Month with us and several amazing local poets at our first ever Words 4 Birds!

We'll start the day with two great writing workshops, one for kids led by Professor Bill Clemente from Peru State College, and one for adults led by Roy Scheele, Poet in Residence at Doane College. After the workshops, we’ll have a "bring-your-own" picnic on the prairie. The day will finish up with readings by local poets Hansen, Clemente, Scheele, Amy Plettner, and more. Workshop participants both young and old will also be welcome to share their recently written poems. It promises to be an inspiring day on the prairie filled with words & birds! To learn more about the fabulous poets that will be at the event - see below.

FREE admission (Donations welcome). Registration required as space in workshops is limited. All public welcome to hear the readings at 1:15pm.

  • 11:00 am Two concurrent writing workshops - One for kids, one for adults
  • 12:30 pm Picnic Time (pack your own - we'll have some beverages and snacks available)
  • 1:15 pm Bird/Nature Poetry readings by the professional poets and our workshop participants - Everyone welcome to come and hear

Twyla Hansen is Nebraska’s State Poet. She has six published books of poetry, including Prairie Suite: A Celebration (with drawings by Paul Johnsgard), and two books that have won Nebraska Book Awards. The Backwaters Press will publish her newest book, Rock•Tree•Bird, in 2017.

Roy Scheele is Poet in Residence at Doane College in Crete, where he has taught since 1982. His poems have appeared in Measure, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review and other major journals as well as in numerous little magazines; many of them have also been anthologized. Scheele has also published criticism on Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and other modern and contemporary poets, and has translated work by contemporary German poet Christoph Meckel.

Bill Clemente is a professor of English at Peru State College where he has taught for over twenty years. He has combined birds and words with young writers for nearly thirty years. His program “Feathers and Verses” is part of the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau. Among other venues that include the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Bill has taken part in Spring Creek Prairie’s Twilight on the Tallgrass prairie festival for many years.

Amy Plettner’s poetry has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals, most recently The Sow’s Ear, burntdistrict, Rattle, Prairie Wind, and The Untidy Season. Her first book of poetry, Undoing Orion’s Belt, is the 7th of the Kloefkorn series by WSC Press. Amy holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska. Her poetry can be heard, live, once a month on KZUM’s The Wimmin’s Show. She has been with Spring Creek Prairie for nine years as caretaker and outdoor educator.

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
11700 SW 100th St,
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
68339 Denton, Nebraska
Apr 08 2017

Verbal Supply Company benefit reading

Saturday April 8th at 1pm
Bob’s Your Uncle 
929 Columbus Ave (between 105th and 106th Streets) 
New York, New York, 10025 
A, B, C Lines to 103rd OR 1 Line to 103rd St 
Admission fee: $20.00
Bob's Your Uncle
929 Columbus Avenue
(between 105th & 106th St)
10025 New York, New York
Apr 03 2017

Tyler Knott Gregson at The Strand

From the internet to the book store, Tyler Knott Gregson has been reinventing the written word, transforming poetry for the millenial age. He challenges himself by writing and posting a new poem every day, sharing them on various social networks and garnering thousands of followers to come and see his work.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Tyler shares his new collection featuring ones from his Typewriter series, photography, and previously-unpublished work.

Admission fee: $15.00
The Strand
828 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Apr 30 2017

The Cowboy and the City Girl Southern Poetry Tour

Georgia Book Award winner, Alice Friman, and Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate of Indian River County, Florida, will read from their work.

Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina

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James Merrill House



In the parched path 
I have seen the good lizard 
(one drop of crocodile) 
With his green frock-coat 
of an abbot of the devil, 
his correct bearing 
and his stiff collar, 
he has the sad air 
of an old professor. 
Those faded eyes 
of a broken artist, 
how they watch the afternoon 
in dismay!


The flies, six
in a metallic pile, identical
green, identical
bristle & gaud.

To see so clearly
the science
in their suits.

And yesterday, the woman
asking, Are you twins?

My sister & I, whose
mothers are different,
whose years are.

From a


The years are a falling of snow,
Slow, but without cessation,
On hills and mountains and flowers and worlds that were;
But snow and the crawling night in which it fell
May be washed away in one swifter hour of flame.
Thus it was that some slant of sunset
In the chasms of piled cloud—