In case you missed it, I have a new essay published on ‘all the sins’ that talks about ekphrastic literature and art, and how museums are perfect for collecting inspiration. Also features one of Michele’s and my photopoetry collaborations!
My features essay, “Art Heists for Art’s Sake,” is now up to kick off Issue 3 of the lovely UK literary journal, all the sins!
…the day I stood in front of that Breugel painting and talked poetry with my mother was a turning point for me. Since then, I’ve worked inspiration from other art forms into my creative writing, both poetry and prose, both consciously and unconsciously. Museums have also become my career, both as a museum educator and as a museum advocate. Fortunately, one creative practice informs the other in a rewarding cycle.
National Poetry Month is still more than a month away, but I’m already in planning mode. (Meanwhile, did you know February is Library Lover’s Month? Go hug your favorite librarian!)
‘Found poetry’ from old books! Playing with scale in literature and art! April is going to be awesome. (Photo by Nate Buchman, http://www.natebuchman.com/ for Emporium 32, http://emporium32.com/ Go check them out if you like the jewelry I’m wearing in this photo.)
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be leading three poetry workshops in April! If you’re in the driving-distance-from-Boston area, I hope you’ll stop by and join me for some playing with words and art.
Have you ever described yourself as the sort of person who devours books? I have. I’ve also called myself a ‘cultural omnivore,’ since there are very few things in this world that I don’t find at least a little (or a lot) interesting.
But what if stories were someone’s actual sustenance? And what happens to the person who tells them?
I wondered, and then I wrote. And now you can read the resulting short fiction (for free!) over at the literary journal, Zetetic!
Did you catch Michele and Meg’s photopoems in the summer issue of Window Cat Press? Hungry for more?
Tomorrow night at 7pm, Meg will be reading more of her poetry (including a few poems from the Palettes of Light project) at the Marliave Restaurant in downtown Boston, as part of the U35 series, featuring local poets under 35. Find out more about the event here or RSVP on Facebook here.
Mass Poetry’s U35 reading series The Marliave Restaurant, upstairs 10 Bosworth Street, Boston 7 – 9 pm
Happy summer, all! In the wake of last week’s downright delightful Supreme Court decisions on health care and marriage equality, I have less-momentous but much more immediately personal good news; I have four poems that are being published this summer on Window Cat Press.
Window Cat is an online literary journal run by a fabulous trio of poet/artist/editors, who are dedicated to bringing the work of young & emerging poets, writers, and artists to the wider world. Their mission is to “seek to celebrate, inspire, innovate, and play.” About the poems that will appear there, they said:
“We were charmed by the interplay of light and color in Michele’s photographs and thrilled by the rhythmic beauty of your words.”
You can imagine my key-smashing delight!
Publication date will be sometime mid-summer; as soon as the issue is live I will be posting the link here, as well as…
I had a fabulous time at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival last weekend, and the writers who participated in the “Found Narratives” workshop were great! If you’d like to try the writing exercise for yourself, head on over to my blog, Sea Dreams and Time Machines to read the workshop recap, see slides, and get the writing prompt.
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is this weekend, and I’m geared up and ready to go! If you’ll be in Salem for the festival, here are places to find me:*
1:15 pm – “Because, the Internet” workshop
3:30 pm – Poetry meetup at Howling Wolf
7:30 pm – Headliner reading with Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka
9:30 am – “Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Massachusetts Poetry” workshop
11:00 am – “Writing Sound to Sound” workshop
sometime between 11 am – 2 pm – Poetry Carnival
12:15 pm – “From Zero to One” panel
2:00 pm – “Narrative Poetry” workshop with Naugatuck River Review
3:15 pm – either “Flatline Poetry” or “Aloha, Winter. Aloha, Spring.” readings
7:30 pm – Headliner reading with Rita Dove and Richard Blanco
A view of Branching Out: Trees as Art from the Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Meg Winikates.
Registration is now open for the Mass Poetry Festival, including the workshop inspired by Palettes of Light, “Found Narratives” with Meg on Sunday, May 3 from 11:30am – 12:30pm! Check out the session description here, purchase a button, and sign up to attend soon: spaces are limited, especially for workshop sessions.