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Sunday, May 15, 2022: Food, Glorious Food! Poetry Workshop
In this workshop, we will read poems that feature food in a variety of ways: cultural expression, family relationships, memories, odes, political weapon, metaphor for larger issues, and more. We will then write food-related poems using prompts and the poems we read as our inspiration. This workshop is open to adult poets of all skill levels and publication history.
After you register, you will receive the packet with poems and the link to the online workshop.
This workshop is a pay-what-you-can workshop (from $1 up), with all of the money donated directly to For Goodness Cakes, metro Portland Chapter. For Goodness Cakes is a non-profit organization that provides children and young adults with celebratory treats made especially for them, be it for graduation, birthday, or another event. The baked goods are made by volunteers for recipients who would otherwise not have a cake (or cupcakes or cookies).
Questions? Email Christine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing: Ohio Reading Road Trip
In 2002, two of my many poems about Marietta, Ohio, were published in a wonderful anthology entitled I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio (edited by Elton Glaser and William Greenway). One of the poems, "Leaving Downtown Marietta, Ohio, 1983" has been included on the Ohio Reading Road Trip web site, along with a poem by Ron McFarland, for a lesson called Contemporary Ohio Poets Extension Activities: The Poetry of Leaving. The page includes a wonderful lesson plan. I encourage anyone who is teaching poetry to check out this resource. Click here to go to the page that discusses my poem. And to read a great essay about why every student in this country should be studying poetry, click on this link; it will take you to Tony Hoagland's "Twenty Poems That Could Save America." He also has a book by the same name.
There is another lesson plan that focuses on one of my poems, "CoCo Chanel in the Stairwell," and a poem by Rebecca Brown. That lesson is for college students. Unfortunately, to access the lesson plan, one must pay. But click here for the link.
October 1, 2021: 30/30 Project, Tupelo Press
The site is now live. My first poem of 30 is entitled, All the Worry in the World, and it starts off the group!
Read my poem and the poems by the other poets by clicking here.
October 17, 2021: Poetry Reading
I will be reading 2 poems as part of a Publication Party reading for The MacGuffin.
This will be a Zoom Reading at 7:00 Eastern and 4:00 Pacific.
I will post the link here closer to the event date.
October 2021: All Month!
I am honored, humbled, proud, and more than a little nervous to be taking part in Tupelo Press' 30/30 Project.
Each month, Tupelo Press, a literary publisher in Massachusetts, has a group of poets write a poem each day. These poems appear on the TP web site every day as a fundraiser for the press, as well as a way of spreading poetry to more people.
They refer to it as a marathon, and that seems as good an analogy as any. Writing a poem is difficult. All sorts of things can go wrong during that first draft or early drafts. Early drafts can get messy and be filled with all sorts of newbie errors. They can be too vague or too crammed with detailed or even be two or more poems suffering together in one unfocused poem. Sometimes, those early drafts can be fixed, often with the help of a great critique group (thank you, Pearls, past and present!). Sometimes, it takes years to get a poem to a place where I feel it is "done." Sometimes, they need to be left and forgotten, after pulling out any great phrases or images that can be used in the future.
So while writing a poem every day for a 31-day month is something I try to do and mostly succeed at doing, having those first/early drafts is a little terrifying.
But I love a challenge and I love a great cause Support literature! Support small presses! Support poetry!
Once I have my Donation Page on the TP site up, I will post a link here. Each poet's goal is to raise at least $500 in a month, which maths out to a little over $16 a day.
Whoever donates the most money to Tupelo Press in support of my poems in October will receive a box of homemade baked goods and an autographed copy of one of my books. Everyone who donates will have my sincere gratitude, and I may add some other "rewards' along the way.
Horus asks you to support his human mommy in her endeavors.
He also wants the folks at Hint Water to know that he is available to be a mascot,
spokescat, etc. for their company. Please contact his manager-mommy.
Photo by Mel White