The 2019 Gathering of Poets | Faculty & Save the Date

We are beyond thrilled to share the incredible award-winning faculty for the 2019 Gathering of Poets, to be held on March 30 in Winston-Salem, NC at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

If you would like to attend, send me a note, or visit Jacar Press’ Gathering pageon Facebook, or e-mail Richard for upcoming announcements and how to reserve your space.


Three-time National Book Award finalist, Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize, Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Frost Medal, and two Pushcart Prizes. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

 

Li-Young Lee is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently The Undressing (W.W Norton), Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton), and a chapbook The Word From His Song (BOA Editions). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights (BOA Editions); Rose (BOA), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You (BOA), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1988 he received the Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. He is also featured in Katja Esson’s documentary, Poetry of Resistance.

Chloe Honum grew up in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her first book, The Tulip-Flame (2014), was selected by Tracy K. Smith for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. The Tulip-Flame won Foreword Reviews Poetry Book of the Year Award and a Texas Institute of Letters Award and was named a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Julie Suk Award. She is also the author of a chapbook, Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Paris Review, Orion, and The Southern Review, and her honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. She served as a guest poetry editor for the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology.


Annemarie Ní Churreáin
is a poet from Northwest Donegal, Ireland. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland. She was the 2017-18 Kerry Writer In Residence and is the 2018-19 John Broderick Writer In Residence for Westmeath. Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Jack Kerouac House Orlando, and Hawthornden Castle Scotland, and she is a member of the Arts Council Writers in Prisons Scheme. In 2018-19 she is composing a libretto for an upcoming opera production.

 

Kaveh Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran. His poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, The Guardian, Ploughshares, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, won the 2017 Julie Suk Award(Jacar Press). His chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. His work has been praised by Patricia Smith, Nick Flynn and received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. He is a professor at Purdue University and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson College.

 

Renee Emerson earned her MFA in poetry from Boston University where she studied with Louise Gluck and Robert Pinsky, and where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009.  She is the author of two full-length collections Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing) and Threshing Floor (Jacar Press), and 3 chapbooks. In 2016, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Arkansas Arts Council.  Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on three occasions.

The 2018 Gathering of Poets | Save the Date

It has been a deep honor and pleasure to work on The Gathering of Poets the past two years with Richard Krawiec and Jacar Press. The Gathering of Poets will be held March 24, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

Following is the lineup of terrific workshops that weekend. If you would like to attend, visit Jacar Press’ Gathering pageon Facebook, or e-mail Richard  for upcoming announcements and how to reserve your space.

Lynn Emanuel –
Obsessional Poetics: No One Writes Just One Poem

“All obsessions are extreme metaphors waiting to be born.”
– J. G. Ballard

In this workshop, we will examine the ways a few modern and contemporary poets turn and return to a place, person, image, form, or event as a way of exploring and unearthing a subject. What can these forms of return teach us about our own poems? How can we mine our own repetitions or obsessions for new work? How might we delve more deeply into our own habits of writing and feeling? If you can, please bring a couple of poems to workshop that you might use as a resource for exploring your own poetic obsessions.

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Patricia Spears Jones –
Basic and Bold: The Uses of Contemporary Poetry

This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets and the different strategies to generate new work. While the focus is on African American poets, a range of poets will be under review. The Workshop will be in two parts:
1. Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they unfamiliar.
2. We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.
We will use two or three poems as catalysts for new works. Poems by Gregory Pardlo, Ada Limón, Marilyn Chin, Maureen Owen, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Adam Fitzgerald and Charif Shanahan will be part of the packet. Participants must be prepared to read and write, write and write. At the end of this workshop, it is my hope that participants will have created poems that they feel good about and have learned about.

Zeina Hashem Beck –
The Ghazal and the Poetic Leap

In this workshop, we will focus on the ghazal as a poetic form: beyond talk about the shape of the poem, the radif (refrain), the qafia (rhyme), and the poet’s signature, we will look at how the ghazal’s couplets can both exist as independent units and relate to one another and the poem’s whole. We will discuss how this quality allows the poet to create juxtaposition and make poetic leaps within a ghazal. Participants will also write.

 

Maggie Anderson –
The Poet in the World: Writing Political Poetry

In this workshop we will examine the ways in which our poems can be made from the intersection of local and global political events and our own lives as poets. Why is the term “political poetry” often seen as a pejorative? Can the necessary evidence, documentation and witness in political subject matter be expressed through poems that are also highly attuned to metaphor and music? What makes a “good” political poem? If you can, please bring with you one poem by yourself or another poet that you consider both “political” and “poetic” that you might use as a source or model for writing from your own political feelings, fears, and understandings in these times.

Gary Fincke –
Everything Matters: Deepening Experience in Narrative

We will explore ways of opening narrative poems, not only to move beyond simply “close observation of what happened,” but also to broaden the personal by associative connections to what’s learned in any number of ways—history, science, the arts, culture, politics, and the oddities of trivia. Bring along a few of your own narrative poems to re-examine for the possibility of entering again from another angle.

 

 

Sandra Beasley –
What We Talk About When We Talk About Voice

Voice is the most elusive element of strong writing. How do we craft language that feels compelling and unique? We will unpack constituent elements of voice—the recurring decisions made in terms of point of view, tense, image, sound, structure, and diction—and read examples of effective voice from noted contemporary authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This seminar includes an extensive handout of texts and a generative prompt.

 

 

Writers’ Workshop: Chapbook 101 | Putting Your Manuscript Together

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This January, spend a Saturday afternoon working on your chapbook or collection of poems, essays, or short stories with Richard Krawiec, Danny Krawiec, and Melissa Hassard of Jacar Press and Sable Books.

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ALL ABOUT BOOK COVER DESIGN with master designer Danny Krawiec

The one job your book cover has — the only job it has — is to sell your book, and in just a few seconds. There are careful considerations to be made in choosing your book’s cover design. Join us this Thursday evening to learn all you can during this FREE and informative workshop and conversation.

Anyone interested in publishing or self-publishing is invited to come and explore the rules of book cover design — and when to break those rules — with master book designer Danny Krawiec, including casual discussion of his designs for Jacar Press and Sable Books, which include three of the four 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Inductees.  We’ll have lots of ideas, books, and covers to discuss, and if you have questions or have previously published a book of your own, please bring them!  Feel welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussion to talk about design elements, themes, and choices.

Danny’s cover designs include:

Feeding-the-Light-thumb Steal-Away_Shelby-Stephenson widow-poems_betty-adcock  Music-from-small-towns_Al-Maginnes
and-so-she-told-me_barbara-kenyon american-courtesan_ester-amy-fischer how-far-light-will-travel_steve-roberts BDL front cover

JOIN US
This Thursday evening, December 4th,
from 7:00pm-8:30pm 

at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch
of the Greensboro Public Library

in the study room

danny_krawiecDaniel Krawiec grew up in Raleigh, NC before attending UNC Asheville for a BA in Interactive Design. Subsequently, he received his Master of Arts in Interactive Media from Elon University. His design work includes logos, identity packages, book covers & interiors, album covers, and websites. He is also a web developer, and has done occasional work in the area of application & interactive systems development. His non-professional creative pursuits include music composition, photography, and illustration.

January 11 | FABULOUS Creative Writing Workshop with Debra Kaufman

January 11, 2014 is the first of the 2014 Writers’ Series of WWOT Writing Workshops.  It promises to be inspiring and productive!

** PLEASE NOTE ** This event is open to the general public.
Advance registration is required.
Writers from all groups and genres welcome!

Cost for the two hour workshop is $25. This will be a productive session!

Debra Kaufman is a phenomenal writer and teacher, and we’re lucky to have her coming over from the Triangle to spend an hour and a half with us, reading and exploring a few pieces to get conversation and creative juices flowing, and then begin writing exercises.

This is sure to be an informative workshop so plan on attending and RSVP as soon as you can.  Space is limited so reserve yours as soon as you can!

From her bio:

Poet and playwright Debra Kaufman’s newest collection of poetry is The Next Moment (Jacar, 2010). She is also the author of Family of Strangers (Nightshade, 1990), Still Life Burning–winner of the Kinloch Rivers Poetry Competition–(South Carolina Poetry Society, 1996), A Certain Light (Emrys, 2001), and Moon Mirror Whiskey Wind (Pudding House, 2009).
Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines, includingSouthern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Pembroke, andCarolina Quarterly, and in several anthologies, including Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont(University of North Carolina, forthcoming), The Sound of Poets Cooking(forthcoming); Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry(Carolina Academic Press, 1999), and The Art and Craft of Poetry (Writers Digest Books, 1994). Her poems have won prizes from such organizations as the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the North Carolina Women Writers Conference, the North Carolina Poetry Society, Emrys Press, the Poetry Society of South Carolina, theIndependent, WUNC-FM’s Radio Poets, Kakalak, and the Triad Writers Group.

Debra’s plays have been produced throughout North Carolina and elsewhere. She won a North Carolina Arts Council playwriting scholarship in 1997. Variations on a Dream was selected as one of Burning Coal Theatre’s New Works series; What You Inherit won the Carrboro ArtsCenter’s New Plays Rising award; and Like Candlelight Draws Smoke was produced at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women through the North Carolina Writers’ Network Outreach Program.

Debra has taught many creative writing workshops for children and adults, including in Durham’s Creative Arts in the Public Schools program, at High Point University’s Phoenix Festival, in libraries, for writers’ groups, and for Our Stories in Focus, a public arts and history collaboration sponsored by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the UNC Humanities Program.

REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED!

SIGN UP TODAY!

 

Great literary happenings over the next two weeks in the Triad

Okay, lots of good stuff happening:

Tomorrow is the Soul Collage and Writing Workshop. Judith Behar, Donna Anthony, Kim Goldstein and myself will be facilitating. Cost is nominal. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with Judith.

Monday, June 17, is Monday Night Poetry at the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Thursday, June 20, Elaine Orr reads and signs copies of her debut novel, A Different Sun at the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Jean Rodenbough is the featured poet at Tate Street Coffee House next Saturday night, June 22, at 7pm. Come out and hear Jean and have a coffee or something sweet. There’s an open mic to follow if you’re so inclined!

On Sunday, June 23, WWOT Critique happens at Deep Roots Market. Sharon Burkitt is facilitating. Thank you, Sharon!

June 25, Andy Irwin’s workshop on Humor, Wit & Storytelling.  Greensboro Public Library, Central Branch,  6:00pm.

 

Whew. I probably forgot some.

Read. Write. Love. Perform. Support the local arts. Be nice to each other.

Love,
m.

For June, a writing and art workshop on gratitude

On the theme of gratitude:

Saturday, June 15, 9:30 am-4:00pm.

A visual and writing arts workshop on the theme of Gratitude, with Kim Goldstein and Donna Anthony guiding the group in making soul collages and Judith Behar and Melissa Hassard guiding the group in writing prose or poetry about their soul collages.

Place: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall St., Greensboro.
Cost: $10 to Women Writers of the Triad and Writers Group of the Triad members; $25 to non-members.

Pre-registration is required: Contact Judith Behar at jbehar@triad.rr.com or (336) 294-4904.

You may bring your own lunch or pre-order lunch (cost: $10) at time of registration. Coffee and tea will be provided.