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.

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!

 

Keith Flynn Poetry Workshop Coming to Greensboro

This is a phenomenal opportunity to spend a few hours writing with Keith Flynn and other area writers. Join us for an afternoon of ideas and rhythms to jumpstart the creative process.

Sunday, June 2, 2013, 2:00-5:00pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library
Cost $25  | Register at Eventbrite here.

keith_flynnThe photographer, Cartier-Bresson, believed that his lens had to be aimed at the decisive moment, when the photograph was willing to surrender, or when the confluence of events was at its apex. Most professional writers can’t wait for inspiration to strike, or for the abiding image or core theme of the work to emerge.

We’ll use writing exercises designed to spark the imagination and talk about making your work more musical, muscular, and dynamic. Bring a poem to discuss with the group if you like — and you have a chance for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

How great is that?

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Cost: $25

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. His last workshop in Cary got lots of positive response and we are thrilled to have him join us in the Triad!

And don’t forget — you have the opportunity to meet Keith the night before at Tate Street Coffeehouse.  Join us as Keith reads from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder.  Open mic to follow!

COMING SOON Greensboro – Save the Date | Keith Flynn

Saturday, June 1, 7:00pm, Keith Flynn joins us here in Greensboro to read from his latest collection, Colony Collapse Disorder, with an open mic to follow. Tate Street Coffeehouse.ccd_keithflynn

Sunday, June 2, at 2:00-5:00pm, Inspiration Station, a creative writing workshop with Keith at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library. Cost: $25 

REGISTRATION HERE.

Keith is founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a tremendous speaker and teacher. Participants should bring at least one poem for the group to discuss and 20 copies of the manuscript. Any work deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.

Sponsored by Women Writers of the Triad and open to the public.

Join the conversation on Facebook.

Read more about Keith here.

FREE Data Management and Security & Version Control Workshop for Writers

Free and open to the public!  Also available to attend virtually online.

Picture this: You return to your desk at home ready for a productive writing session only to discover that your drink has been knocked over onto your computer by a  culprit whose shadow is disappearing around a corner — and now a month’s worth of very hard work is gone forever—unless you have good data management and security habits.  Data management and security is as much a necessity for writers as it is for businesses and large organizations. The challenges may look a bit different, but the solutions are similar.

Join us March 10 for a FREE workshop.

We are honored to have Faun DeHenry share with us her extensive knowledge on version control, data management and security. 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

Can’t get there but still want to attend?  You can watch this one on-line.

Contact Melissa to register OR sign up on Facebook.

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