News from Poets and Patrons
I obtained the following timely info from a series of e-mails about some local poetry events. All of the e-mails are related to Poets and Patrons, a Chicago based organization which hold poetry workshops and other poetry related events.
Don't forget that Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station) is this Sunday, August 25th, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Featured poets will be Tania Runyon and Marci Rae Johnson. Cover charge of $7 includes coffee and a snack. There will also be an open mic. Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Tania Runyan is the author of Second Sky (forthcoming from Antler in 2014), A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press) and Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems
have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Mid-American Review, AtlantaReview, Indiana Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Willow Springs, Nimrod, and the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011. She tutors high school students and edits for Every Day Poems and
Marci Rae Johnson currently teaches English at Valparaiso University, where she serves as Poetry
Editor for The Cresset. She is also the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Redivider, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, Perihelion, The Louisville Review, Phoebe, The Christian Century, Strange Horizons, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry
won the Powder Horn Prize and will be published by Sage.
I am excited to be teaching a poetry class this Fall at the Water Street Studios in Batavia. The class will be offered on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia, 60510. Below is a description of the workshop, and a link to the registration form (a PDF file is also attached).
Poetry: Finding that Creative Spark
Have you ever been inspired so much by something that you had to sit down and write apoem? This workshop will explore that magical moment or feeling when inspiration takes over. What do Rumi, Robert Frost, and Gwendolyn Brooks have in common? We will explore
how poets find their inspiration, in addition to doing some exercises to help us find that energy within. We will also do some writing. Participants will come away with several drafts
of poems, and hopefully some ideas for more. □ Instructor Caroline Johnson
□ M $30/NonMembers $40
□ Sa Sept 21, 28 ► 1:00-2:30p VRY3313-A @BAT
To download the registration form, go to: http://www.waterstreetstudios.com/media/166520/2012soaregistration_form0...
Registration forms may be mailed or dropped off in person during gallery hours which are Thur 10a-2p, Fri 12p-9p, Sat 10a-2p, Sun 12p-4p. Registration forms are due 3 business days before start date.
Here is a link to the Classes & Registrations page on the WSS site: http://www.waterstreetstudios.com/classes/classes--registration
I hope you can attend. Please spread the word!!
Wilda Morris has an interesting blog at http://jupiter-caroline.blogspot.com/ which features some of her poetry. This blog includes a sports poetry challenge.
Join us for this Poets & Patrons Workshop August 24, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 6N (on the third floor of the Harold Washington Library at 400 S. State Street.)
Some members will gather at Panera’s on the southeast corner of State and Congress (diagonally across the street from the library) between 11:30 and noon, to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee or tea and socialize before the meeting. You are welcome to join us there
Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based poet, has published poetry in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, Gradiva, and Christianity and Literature. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Her books include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn, and Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox. A four-time Pushcart nominee, she has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Poetry on the Lake.
David Gecic is the publisher of The Puddin'head Press, founded in 1985. He has hosted hundreds of shows at many venues over the years including: Puddin'head Bookstore, The Gallery Caberet, The Bop Shop, Estelle's, The College of Complexes, and The Oak Park Library. His work has appeared in Hammer Magazine, Afterhours Magazine, LetterEx, Tunnel Rat and chicagopoetry.com. He has appeared in several anthologies including The Anti-Mensch, Urbanations, Chicago OnLine, Distilled Lives, and Best of Chicago Poetry.