Category Archives: Writing Opportunities

A Late Letter from Umbria:Poetry & Piero della Francesca Workshop

In March I had the chance to participate in a short workshop in the region of Umbria in Italy —  under the auspices of Civitella Rainieri—with poet Mark Wunderlich and art historian Dana Prescott. It was remarkable to travel with a small group of artists and writers to see frescoes and altarpieces in small museums, churches, and shrines in rural Umbria—in and around Perugia, Monterchi, Arezzo and Urbino.

       

I wrote drafts of poems about Mary Magdalene, about the lapis lazuli blue in della Francesca egg tempura, about the incredible archaeological arboretum; hilltop orchards preserving ancient species of pear, apple and fig.

           
The whole trip, from Vermont to Italy and back again, was a whirlwind immersion into the raw wind, fresh rain, soft sunlight of the countryside of Umbria and into the warrens of little cobblestone streets of the villages and the deep conversations that I was lucky to have with new and old friends about the work of this transcendent artist.
       
I’m still working on the poems from this trip—some much new light and color in my brain! It was a reminder that there (almost) never is (enough) time or the right time to travel, take a break for yourself, or even to write your poems.             And because there is no time or not enough time, we have to take a deep breath, pay attention, and go.
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Full Circle for The Daughter’s Almanac

IMG_1355 Manuscripts in progress are laid out on the desk. Moleskine journal is being filled. The first blog entry in over a year attempted. Today I brought my new book, The Daughter's Almanac, as a gift for the library at La Muse -- a singular event in my life-- because I wrote some of the poems while I was staying in this same room five years ago and they are about these trails and woods, the river and the mountains in this unique part of France. See what I mean?

The Big Poetry Giveaway 2013

Poetry Giveaway

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I am participating in the 2013 version of the Big Poetry Giveaway.

I am offering up a free copy of my Floating Bridge Chapbook, Lamp of Letters, along with a copy of Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split, winner of the National Book Award.

All you need to do is post a comment about this blog post stating that you are "in," and on May 1 you very well may be randomly chosen to receive a free book. It's that easy.

For more information, go to Susan Rich's blog, The Alchemist's Kitchen http://thealchemistskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/03/sign-up-now-to-participate-in-big.html

Yakima River Poems Wanted!

POETS:::ONLY a FEW MORE DAYS to send in your Yakima River poems to A Sense of Place. Do you have a Yakima River-located poem? We are taking submissions for a special Yakima River sub-anthology of A Sense of Place, that will be part of a year-long exhibit at CWU's Museum of Culture and Environment. We are only accepting poems during the month of MAY 2012!!! Please send your poem, the location of the poem on the Yakima River (preferably in map coordinates) and your own picture of the place in .gif or .jpg to asenseofplace.wa@gmail.com.


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Opportunities Abroad with Writing!

Attention all writers and lovers of art and travel!! Here are two great writing trips for summer adventures!

Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Workshop Concerning Art

ireland

Leader: Susan Rich (http://poet.susanrich.net/) One-week Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012
Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
--Henry Thoreau

Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description.

Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art. For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, collage, architecture and the natural world. All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.

http://poet.susanrich.net

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Write With Us in Istanbul, Turkey

May 11-15, 2012 + optional trip to Izmir area, including Ephesus
Learn, Become Inspired, Build a Bridge to Another Culture

istanbul

Conference Fee: $550
Optional Three-day add-on Trip: about $450
With Sheila Bender, Yesim Cimcoz and Susan Bono
Optional 3-Day Trip Extension to Ephesus Area May 16-18

Sheila Bender joins Susan Bono, editor of Tiny Lights, and Yesim Cimcoz of the Writing Istanbul Project in guiding poets and writers of personal experience in writing and touring the amazing city of Istanbul. We have an optional add-on trip following the workshop for those who want to see more of Turkey. Spouses, friends and partners are welcome to join us in activities surrounding our writing groups work.

http://writingitreal.com/writers-conferences/istanbul-turkey

Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Workshop Concerning Art Leader

One-week Residential Workshop Retreat Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012 Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012 The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ·Henry Thoreau Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description. Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art. For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, collage, architecture and the natural world.

All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Workshop Concerning Art Leader: Susan Rich (http://poet.susanrich.net/) One-week Residential Workshop Retreat Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012 Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012 The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ·Henry Thoreau Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description. Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art.

For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, collage, architecture and the natural world. All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Workshop Concerning Art Leader: Susan Rich (http://poet.susanrich.net/)

Poets on the Beach Conference, September 9-11, 2011

Hey fellow poets! Are you longing to spend some inspiring days by the ocean? In a literary-themed hotel on the coast of Oregon? Here's your chance.

"Dwell in Possibility” ~ Emily Dickinson

Join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for the first Poets on the Coast Weekend Writing Retreat September 9-11th, 2011 at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon on historic Nye Beach.

This retreat has been designed for women writers of all levels, from beginning poets to well published. Sessions on creativity, generating work, publication and one-on-one mentoring are included. 
 There are only have a limited number of spaces available and they will be filled on a first-come basis.

With the Sylvia Beach Hotel, designed to inspire writers with its literary-themed rooms, this retreat will offer you a unique experience to explore your writing and creativity. Come spend a weekend with other women poets. Be ready to be nurtured, inspired and creative. For all the nitty-gritty info, see the official link: Poets on the Beach Writing Conference