Sunday April 17th
$25 non members $20 members
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Poetry and Public Life: Writing as Witness
We might not consider poetry a public act, yet poetry has always been a mode of truth-telling–especially in this era of political, social, and environmental extremity.What does it mean to connect our writing to our public lives as citizens–to working for cultural, social, political, and environmental change as well as inner transformation? How may creative writing function as an ethical and political as well as an aesthetic endeavor, in an interconnected, rapidly changing global society? We’ll look at the work and lives of some poets who have managed a larger public presence and contribution from within intensely committed writing lives, do some mapping of our own writing lives within our communities, discuss ways that writing can bear witness in the world, and write our own.
Carolyne Wright is the author of nine books of poetry, including Mania Klepto: The Book of Eulene (2011); A Change of Maps (2006), nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for an Idaho Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (2005), winner of a Blue Lynx Prize and an American Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009, in The Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010 Edition), and in magazines, including the Iowa Review, North American Review, Southern Review, and Triquarterly.
Wright has received several awards from the Poetry Society of America; fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the New York State Arts Council, and the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions; and residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel, among others. She is a contributing editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a senior editor at Lost Horse Press, for whom she edited the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (2015).
A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, Wright has taught and been a visiting writer at conferences, colleges, and universities, including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University, and the University of Miami. She moved back to Seattle in 2005 and teaches for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.
SATURDAY, April 2nd
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
716B York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Haiku encapsulates experience into an “aha” moment. It is not about counting syllables.
A great side benefit of learning haiku is that it teaches us how to get rid of words that aren’t necessary. It teaches us how to see what’s there, to cut away the adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and words that don’t belong so what we’re left with is pure poetry.
Award-winning poet, Alexis Rotella, author of 50 books,and former President of the Haiku Society of America and Frogpond editor, will introduce you to haiku from a North American perspective. Her latest book BETWEEN WAVES was released in April by redmoonpress.com.
Reserve your place now! $18 LitMore members/$20 nonmembers. Free parking for this event in the Towson Veterinary Hospital lot. Use the ticket link below or contact LitMore: firstname.lastname@example.org, (443) 595-7548.
For years, Alexis Rotella has been widely regarded as one of the most influential haiku poets ever to have written in English. She won the grand prize in the Kusamakura Haiku Contest in 2007 and traveled to Kumamoto, Japan to receive the award. She invented the English-language “psychological haiku”, and has been identified with senryu for decades. She is the author of 50 books, and her most recent book, Between Waves, was published in 2014 by Red Moon Press. Alexis’s work is widely anthologized in collections and journals including Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Beneath a Single Moon (Shambala Press), and most recently Creative Writing: An Introduction to Poetry and Fiction (St. Martin’s Press). She has served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and has edited Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, and founded and edited the senryu journals Brussels Sprout and Prune Juice.
Six Wednesdays, March 2 – April 6
7-9 p.m. $150, $120 LitMore members
716B York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Everyone has a story to tell, and writing a memoir is a great way to share yours. One way to make your memoir stand out from the crowd is to apply the techniques of fiction to writing nonfiction. Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, your building blocks are scenes. In this workshop, appropriate for both beginners and experienced writers, award-winning memoirist Barbara Morrison will help you create scenes that capture the reader’s interest. In addition to working on writing scenes, we will look at in-depth characterization techniques and other skills. There will be opportunities to critique each other’s work using guidelines that inspire constructive and positive suggestions. Begin today to transform your experiences into stories that will touch others.
Last week LitMore moved to 716B York Road in Towson. Our new space is appropriate for intimate events and workshops. We are also continuing to develop partnerships with other organizations. We’ll let you know the details as they are confirmed!
Sunday, 31 January
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Towson Arts Collective at the Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Arts Center
40 W. Chesapeake Ave
Towson, MD 21204
Oh, yeah. You know you want to play bingo!
Come on over; have one of RavenBeer’s fine craft brews, and play a few games.
And you don’t just get a prize for winning a game! Winners also get to read their work, so bring your latest masterpiece with you. Non-writers are welcome to read a favorite poem or story extract. Individual readings three minutes tops. We’ll have some other literary activities going on as well.
$20 for 20 games. Proceeds go to help keep the lights on at LitMore. Use the ticket link below or contact LitMore: email@example.com, (443) 595-7548.
Sunday parking in Towson is free at meters and $2 in garages.
Kay Armstrong Baker
Cynthia Burton Graham
Leslie Peace Jubilee
Carlo Parcelli & Rosalie Gancie
Natalie Sokoloff & Fred Pincus
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Saturday, November 21st
Join LitMore and Make Studio for a holiday shopping party!
* Browse LitMore’s Holiday Book Bazaar for special gifts. Local authors will be happy to tell you about their books and personalize your purchase. Get a one-of-a-kind gift and support local literature at the same time!
* Writers participating in National Novel Writing Month are welcome to take advantage of LitMore’s quiet room to pound out their masterpieces.
* Take a look at LitMore’s writing craft book exchange. Time to clean out your bookshelves! Bring in books about writing that you don’t need anymore and help yourself to others that you can use.
* Get that perfect outfit for the holidays at Knot You Vtg, specializing in vintage clothing and accessories for men and women.
* In Make Studio’s Showroom Gallery, see a variety of fine art and craft wares from curated vendors.
If you want to sell your books or crafts, please contact LitMore or Barbara Morrison. Tables are $10 or 10% of sales—no risk!
Wednesday, December 2nd
Join fellow writers the first Wednesday of every month to critique each other’s work. Free parking for this event in the lot across the street. Free Admission.