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Bring paper and pen and/or laptop.
Writing in Response to Our Times
with Sarah Zale and Gina Marie Mammano
May 20, 1-4 pm
Has the aftermath of the election affected you personally? Are you feeling the need to wrestle and rumble with your thoughts and emotions—as well as connect with others in reflective and transformative ways? In this writing workshop, you will explore your stories and feelings with two facilitators from eclectic backgrounds: poetry, Compassionate Listening ®, social justice theatre, meditation, and spiritual leadership. Participants will be invited to share their writing on a voluntary basis in a supportive environment; no experience is necessary. All writing styles welcome.
Gina Marie Mammano: Inspired by the ancient spiritual practices of lectio divina and walking meditation, Gina’s book Camino Divina: Walking the Divine Way helps readers explore whole new worlds inside themselves. Gina is an award winning poet whose work has been published in journals and magazines such as the Dos Passos Review, Poetica, Pilgrimage Journal, Bearings, and Crucible. Her training as a spiritual director, work as a retreat leader, and experiences gleaned from the Opening the Book of Nature program have allowed her the ability to create interactive and intuitive listening exercises both in the interior and exterior landscapes.
Sarah Zale teaches poetry and writing, social justice, and intercultural competence in Seattle. A certified facilitator of Compassionate Listening ® and facilitator of Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback, she brings the skills of deep listening and interactive theatre to her students. Sarah is a passionate believer in the power of poetry and the arts to transform and heal ourselves and the world. She has published two collections of poetry: The Art of Folding (2010), which was inspired by her travels to Israel and Palestine, and Sometimes You Do Things (2013, Aquarius Press, Living Detroit Series) which highlights the history of Detroit and celebrates its rebuilding.
What Your Body Has to Do with Writing
with Susan Landgraf
10-4, Sat. May 27th-Sun. May 28
We live in our bodies. Our bodies hold us, our organs, brains, muscles, bones and blood, our ability to breathe, move, think, feel. We know our bodies, some of us better than others. Some of us accept injuries, arthritis, failing eyesight; others wish for better, thinner, healthier, more muscled bodies and even go so far as to hasten inevitable aging or death. The fact is: There are poems waiting to come out of our bodies and their experiences.
This workshop will prod you into looking for the stories and truths your bodies can tell. We’ll start with poems by Margaret Atwood, Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Cesare Pavese, and Alberto Rios, among others. Some are snappy, saucy, and downright funny. Others are didactic, sad or shocking. We’ll do several warm-up writing prompts, including Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, then write a poem that likely will show a relationship to your body and/or something larger in the world that you didn’t know before.
On Sunday, Day two, we’ll revise what you produced Saturday
As May Sarton said, “…a triumph means toward growth and understanding…revision is not going back and fussing around, but going forward into the highly complex and satisfying process of creation.” I’ll give you a number of excellent revision strategies. Bring 3 photocopies of the work you’ll be revising, a dictionary, a pair of scissors, tape, and an open mind.
Susan Landgraf has published more than 400 poems, essays, and articles in more than 150 journals, magazines, and newspapers, including Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Margie, Nimrod, The Laurel Review, and Ploughshares. She’s given more than 150 writing workshops, the most recent being the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, Centrum, and the Marine and Science Technology Center; A book of writing exercises and a full-length manuscript of poetry are forthcoming next year from Two Sylvias Press and Tebot Bach respectively.
THE MAGIC OF THE POETIC LINE: A GENERATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP IN WHICH WE EXPLORE THE CRAFT OF LINE BREAKS & OTHER VISUAL AND AUDITORY EXPERIENCES
With poet, Sawnie Morris
Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
10am-4pm, both days
Part of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Line breaks, spacing, and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How do we determine when and why to break the lines in our poems? How might visual spacing or punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? We’ll consider a sampling of exciting free-verse possibilities available to us in the shaping of our poems and we’ll write, keeping in mind that every turn of the line is a turn toward deeper meaning. Participants will be provided with multiple prompts for new poems, throughout the weekend, and can expect to complete 4 draft poems by the end of our time together. Please bring paper and a pen you enjoy writing with, as well as a lap-top (if you have one). You will also have an hour and ½ off for lunch, but it will be a working lunch—we’re using every minute available to us!
Sawnie Morris won the 2015 New Issues Poetry Prize for Her, Infinite, (judge: Major Jackson), which was released by New Issues Press in 2016. Recent honors include the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize (judged by Lee Upton); inclusion in the online edition of BAX: 2016, Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press); and a feature in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine’s focus on five-over-fifty debut books in 2016. Sawnie has received a Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award and been a co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award. Her writing about poetry and poets has appeared in Boston Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Kenyon Review, and she has served as Book Review & Essay Editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. Sawnie has extensive experience teaching poetry writing workshops in universities, at conferences, online, and face-to-face in her studio in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.