There is so much noise within and around these days, with social media posts, voices and beings buzzing around in the workplace, drivers on edge, free floating anxiety. And yes, the U.S. election cycle that ends (hopefully) on Tuesday November 8 has contributed to a lot of it, but I get the feeling that there is a lot more going on. And there is definitely a lot more going on in the world that we are all a part of.
In order to help myself navigate these churning waters, I’ve created mantras that directly connect me to writing. That’s my calling, so I have to work with myself to pull back from the fracas.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
What do I have to say?
Do I want to enter this particular conversation?
How can I add to the conversation?
How can I begin a new conversation?
What narrative do I want to be a part of?
What narrative do I want to create?
Are there tools that you have been using to focus your Self and your writing practice? If so, I’d love to hear from you.
Yesterday’s reading, interview and discussion at the Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch was thoroughly enjoyable. From my audience of curious and writerly folks, to being drawn to read poems about my family members, friends and neighbors from my ‘growing up days’ in Brooklyn, the hour we spent together was a gift!
The questions asked were those of folks who write and are quiet about it, those who are experienced writers and teachers, and those who wanted to know more about the poems I read and about poetry in general.
Many thanks to the Glenn Ingersoll and the Berkeley Public Library for asking me to be part of the Clearly Meant Series. You made my experience yesterday enjoyable and supported me wonderfully in publicizing the event by providing chapbooks, flyers and a Facebook event page linked to the library’s events calendar. It was this writer’s dream event!
Photos to come (lots of them) and many thanks to Jain Williams for rising to the occasion of the sudden and surprising role of event photographer. Jain, you might want to consider using the camera as an income producing side project (smile).
I will be reading some of my poems, talking with host and fellow poet Glenn Ingersoll and engaging in discussion with the audience (you) at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue@Ashby, tomorrow, June 25, 2016 from 2-3 pm.
This is my neighborhood library and I’m very happy to be reading there again. Please join me!
More details below:
I’m writing a novel and my protagonist has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.
So, I am alert to information about the disorder, and I just stumbled on an infographic about it.
Here’s the link:
I love it when the research arrives with such ease.
I’m excited to be part of a global poetry event on this coming Saturday. Around the globe, poets, musicians, artists will be sharing their work in the service of change. Bringing art out into the world collaboratively every hour.
Here’s information about the event I’ll be participating in:
Backyards: Poets for Local Change 2014
a free poetry reading with refreshments
Saturday September 27, 7:00pm
Frank Bette Art Center,
1601 Paru Street, Alameda.
Hosted by Jeanne Lupton. Curated and MC’d by Sharon Coleman
Sara Anika Mithra
Rafael Jesús González
It’s uplifting stuff to be part of a global day of sharing creative work.
Are you hosting. curating, reading, performing in an event on Saturday? If so, please post a comment about it and let us know!
I don’t Reblog often, but this post by Kelli Stevens Kane is about much more than Slam Poetry. Enough said. Please read on….
Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone—An Online Learning Experience – National Writing Project.
This summer, I decided to hop on board an online course and community of educators led by teachers and authors Cathy Fleischer and Sarah Andrew-Vaughan called the Unfamiliar Genres Project. Their book “Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres” is the basis for the course.
Part II of the course/community is active during the month of July. Each participant chooses an unfamiliar genre to research and to write in. I’ve chosen vignettes since most of the students I work with are training to become clinical psychologists and therapists and they write papers in which they are learning to assess clients by reading and responding to vignettes. But I’ve learned through my research that vignettes are also used in Psychology and Sociology research in surveys. And I’m knee-deep in reading journal articles that describe the research and reveal the vignettes. And I’m loving it!
Of course, rereading “The House on Mango Street” is a great deal of fun as is reading “Deer Table Legs” by Katayoon Zandvakili and “Slide” by Monica Zarazua.
Katayoon’s poems are vignette-like which may be directly connected to her other creative pursuit, which is painting. And Monica’s short fiction has vignette qualities. Until I did a reading with these two writers on Wednesday, I was unfamiliar with their work. So, I’ve had pleasant synchronicities occur with this project. And I have two new books!
Had a great time reading at Beast Crawl 2014 last night. The Beast Crawl Collective rocks!
Writers Tony Press, Robert Pesich, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and yours truly took the stage and held the audience rapt with our wordsmithing at Spice Monkey. We worked it, to say the least. I had an absolute blast.
Ah…what a night!
For the breakdown and locations of the entire festival, follow this link:
Week 8 of an 11 week quarter. Harried students, all over the place writing, missed deadlines, budget deadlines…
Me: “We have to end our session now, we’ve actually gone over time….”
Student: “I have one more question about my lit review…grammar…APA….”
Me: “We really have to stop now, I have another student waiting…..”
Me: “Sorry…” (standing up to provide more obvious signal to student, since words obviously aren’t working)