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Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018

Urban Word NYC 2018 Summer Institute

Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City. 
 
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
 
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application. 
 
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st. 
 
 
11:00am to 3:00pm
Urban Word NYC
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor
10011 New York, New York
Jul 01 2018

The Inborn Word: Move Write & Read

THE INBORN WORD: MOVE | WRITE | READ with PEGGY DOBREER is a workshop for writers with an emphasis on prodding the body and brain to collaborate more deliberately. Each workshop includes easy movement, a packet of prompts and poems, and time for personal feedback. Revitalize your writing by increasing your range of motion in the body and on the page.
 
“Until I Took Peggy Dobreer’s Workshop At AROHO, I Never Dreamed That Movement Could Open Such Rich Avenues of Play And Invention In My Writing Process. Dobreer’s Approach Is Magical.” —Janet Fitch, Author Of White Oleander, The Revolution Of Marina M.
 
Please wear loose fitting clothes for movement. Bare feet or clean socks are best for this first half hour. The bulk of our time is spent on writing, reading, and peer discussion. Packet of poems and prompts are provided.
 
Peggy Dobreer is a long-time performance artist and late-career poet, winner of the 2017 Poetry Matters Poetry Prize from Downey Symphony Orchestra. She has a 2014 Pushcart Nomination, two collections titled, Drop and Dazzle and In The Lake of Your Bones, both from MoonTide Press, and two earlier (self-published) titles, Little Captures and Face of Sky, First Eye Press.
 
Peggy is a choreographer, parent, student of mystical traditions, and an irrepressible curator of new combinations. Ms. Dobreer’s poetry is lyrical, mobile, and published most noteably in Pirene’s Fountain, Mas Tequilla Review, Malpais Review, Bicycle Review, San Pedro River Review, and Yoga Magazine. Most recent anthologies include: the just released, Voices From Leimert Park Redux Anthology, Harriet Tubman Press for Tsehai Publishers, Vol. #1, Aeolian Harp Folio Series, Glass Lyre Press, Like A Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, Lucid Moose Lit, and Ekphrastia Gone Wild, which also features work by Nobel Laureate, Wislawa Szymborska.
 
Peggy is co-author of 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide, Pro-Ed, Inc. She facilitates E=Mc2BODIED POETRY WORKSHOPS for adults, teaches for Writers In The Schools at Red Hen Press, and hosts THE RwIrGiHtTe READ literay series at Stories Books. She was a Program Director at AROHO2015, at Ghost Ranch.
 
 

 

Admission fee: $35.00
4:00pm
Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave.
91103 Pasadena, California
Jun 21 2018

Terrance Hayes and Mary Karr

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn, his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.
 
Note: Several of these sonnets have been adapted by Hayes for a new song cycle that composer Tyshawn Sorey has written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee. “Cycles of My Being,” which explores the realities of life as a black man in America, will have its world premiere at the Opera of Philadelphia on February 20th, and will also be performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on February 22 and at Carnegie Hall on April 24.
 
Mary Karr is a poet, essayist and memoirist. She rose to fame with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. Her latest book is Tropic of Squalor: Poems, out in May from Harper.
 
7:00pm
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Jun 23 2018

Shore Thing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

Admission fee: $85.00
9:15am
Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jun 22 2018

POETRY NIGHT hosted by STUDIO 483 NYC

STUDIO 483 NYC is a popUP! gallery in NYC, currently exhibiting art work surrounding the concept of isolation. The stark and stunning exhibition, entitled IN ISOLATION, will stage a night of readings by the following poets:
 
Diana Goetsch is the author of several poetry collections, most recently In America (2017, Rattle) and Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press). Appearing in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, The L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, Best American Poetry & The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Diana is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, & The New School, where she was the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow.
 
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of 5 books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009.) New poems are in current issues of LiveMag, La Vague + Barrow Street. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.
 
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, and commentator. Her latest poetry book is Who Said (Copper Canyon, 2013). Her poetry appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. Hecht is the author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It (Yale, 2013) and Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2003).
 
Madhuri Pavamani is a resident of the Rhode Island Writers Colony. She is the author of the middle reader series, The Survival Files, the paranormal romance trilogy, The Sanctum, and the urban fantasy trilogy, The Keeper Series.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
STUDIO 483 popUP GALLERY
27 Wooster St
10013 New York, New York

poems

poem

She is gone, where did she go?
He can’t imagine how the house will feel
when he enters it, moving room to room.
Now that the wait is over, a larger pause
will blanket the roof, softness settling
slowly down. By which window or door
may future days enter?  And what about minor

2
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
poem

The figs we ate wrapped in bacon.
The gelato we consumed greedily:
coconut milk, clove, fresh pear.
How we’d dump hot espresso on it
just to watch it melt, licking our spoons
clean. The potatoes fried in duck fat,
the salt we’d suck off our fingers,
the eggs we’d watch get beaten