Posts filed under ‘Literary news’

Jan 11 2016
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Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Kallie Falandays, who teaches Cool Tools for Stuck Writers here at the Center, recently published a short collection of poetry called All the Water, All the Waves, through the independent dancing girl press (dgp). In addition to offering our congratulations to Kallie for this latest development in her writing career and telling you a bit about these poems, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind writers—all writers, but most especially beginning writers—of the importance…

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Nov 23 2015
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Trying new things to make poetry accessible, poets famous

Trying new things to make poetry accessible, poets famous

I’ve been blogging seriously for at least six or seven years now, though not always on the same platform. This past spring, for the first time ever, I shared two pieces of creative writing on my personal blog. What took me so long? I’m “old school” in the sense that I considered blogging separate from my attempts to craft experience and emotion in verse. One was informal; the other was formal. Somewhere along the way,…

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Nov 16 2015
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A beloved and “wonder”-full children’s book turns 150 years old

A beloved and "wonder"-full children's book turns 150 years old

My love of reading was instilled in me from a very early age. My grandmother gave me books of fairy tales and classics. She tried to find books where a young girl and her adventures were central–which means I was a big and early fan of The Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The latter recently turned 150 years old, and that anniversary made me recall lazy days reading on my grandmother’s back porch, trying not to…

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Oct 21 2015
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New poems, video poems, gift poems: Elizabeth Ayres and her collection in progress, Azimuth of God

New poems, video poems, gift poems: Elizabeth Ayres and her collection in progress, Azimuth of God

Center founder and teacher Elizabeth Ayres has been working on a new collection of poetry called Azimuth of God: Poems of Absence and Presence, and has now created videos for nine of them. We learn from the opening of the videos that ‘Azimuth’ is a navigational term defining the position of a heavenly body with respect to the horizon. The poems in this series explore the intersection of spirit and matter, and some explore this…

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Oct 15 2015
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Book and lit news for September/October 2015

Book and lit news for September/October 2015

Lots of awards, lots of big names! Here is a roundup of some news in the world of literature and letters for the beginning of fall: Mexican-American writer Jennifer Clement was elected president of Pen International. This, according to @pen_int on Twitter, because this is breaking lit news on a Thursday afternoon and I don’t have a credible link for you yet! Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ daughter, Frieda, says “outsider” feminists have crossed the…

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Sep 29 2015
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Deep reading pleasure: How we get it, and how we don’t

Deep reading pleasure: How we get it, and how we don’t

Annie Murphy Paul recently wrote an article for Mind/Shift called “The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading,” and I was initially conflicted about it. “’Deep reading’”—as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the web—is an endangered practice, one we ought to take steps to preserve as we would a historic building or a significant work of art,” Paul says. But I’m reading this article on the Internet; she published it…

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Sep 03 2015
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August news from the world of books and writers

August news from the world of books and writers

Summer is drawing to a close, and maybe, when you think of “summer” and “books/literature,” you think of lazy afternoons spent reading in hammocks, on beach towels, or en route by plane or train to some tropical getaway. Summer 2015, for lit, seemed to be anything but relaxing. Here is the haps on two big-headline literary controversies, and an (unrelated) ending as sweet as the cherry on that last ice cream sundae of the season:

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Aug 12 2015
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The hard work of writing pays off for Center founder, teaching associate

The hard work of writing pays off for Center founder, teaching associate

Center founder Elizabeth Ayres and teaching associate Tawni Waters (Writing to Reclaim Your Sacred Self) have some exciting writing news to share. Ayres is working a new book of poetry called Azimuth of God: poems of absence and presence, and has several new poems featured at the blog On Being. In her introduction to the new work, Ayres speaks with moving candor about her struggle to find meaning, the “something more,” in her life, “searching for God in…

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Jul 23 2015
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News from the world of books and writers

News from the world of books and writers

It’s been an eventful summer for books and writers. Here are a few big stories in the literary world: There is controversy (again) over Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you read Go Set a Watchman? I have not, yet. The narratives playing out in the media raise interesting questions about authors and their intentions both before and after publication. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch recoiled at his racism…

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Jul 10 2015
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New poems by Elizabeth Ayres at Burlesque Press

New poems by Elizabeth Ayres at Burlesque Press

Center founder Elizabeth Ayres is writing a new book of poetry called Azimuth of God: Poems of absence and presence.  Five poems from this manuscript-in-progress are currently featured on Burlesque Press: “Not By Bread Alone,” “Syzygy,” “The Heronry,” “The Reef,” and “Doula.” Here is an excerpt from “Not By Bread Alone”: The old oak wakes in the night      to a whispering wind. “There is something,” the murmuration begins, “something in us that lives,” the susurration…

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Jun 18 2015
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Perfect bound or e-reader—what’s your pleasure?

Perfect bound or e-reader—what’s your pleasure?

I have hundreds of books, possibly more. They spill onto every surface of my home. And I’ve never once considered trading them in for a Kindle or Nook. Not that I wouldn’t own a Kindle or Nook; I would, I just don’t have one yet. I don’t think owning books or e-readers needs to be mutually exclusive. I could see myself taking a Nook on a trip, because it takes up less space in a…

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Apr 30 2015
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It’s not too late to put a poem in your pocket today!

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and also Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here are links to a handful of old and new favorite poems of mine, and I’d love to see some others shared in the comments. Read poems! Every day! But especially today. Three poems by Saeed Jones at Connotation Press Four selections from Sarah Xerta‘s book Nothing to Do with Me “Desire,” by Molly Gaudry “My God, It’s Full of Stars,”…

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Apr 22 2015
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For National Poetry Month, some poetry news

For National Poetry Month, some poetry news

Updates on some NaPoMo activities: 1. First, I learned this week that the Library of Congress has made a staggering 2,000 recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature available to stream online, for the first time ever. The newly digitized recordings span 75 years of poetry readings and performances, most of which were previously only available “on magnetic tape reels that [could] only be listened to at the library.” Until now! According to…

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Apr 01 2015
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April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!

April Fool’s? Nope. Happy NaPoMo, everyone! Did you know that National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and held each April, is the largest literary celebration in the world? Here are some ways you can celebrate courtesy of the AAP:

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