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Pennwriters 2013 Conference- Register Now!

2013Conferenceflyer_001 (612x792)The 26th Annual Pennwriters Conference Registration is open and filling up fast. Registration for the Pre-Conference Writing Intensives is open as well:

WRITING 21ST CENTURY FICTION with DONALD MAASS

LIFESAVER FOR NON-FICTION WRITERS with BOBBI CARDUCCI

ISLAND OF DOOM with JONATHAN MABERRY

A WRITERS WEBSITE – SETTING SAIL with BRIANA CHANIN

Check out the Pennwriters site and register while there is still space available. Don’t miss a great conference filled with workshops, industry professionals, and fellow writers.

An update

Hi, Area 6-ers–

Just stopping by to let you know I’ve updated The Sampler (my http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com blog) with an essay on “Numbers.”

As many of you know, I’ve been selling short stories for years but, finally, I’ve sold a novel. And as of yesterday, I had my first author-interview. The interview is posted at http://writingsfromthefruitcellar.wordpress.com.

Feel free to stop by either site.

Catherine E. McLean (doing crowing-foot tapping-happy dance)
***KARMA AND MAYHEM*** A paranormal-fantasy-romance novel to be published by Soul Mate Publishing.
***My home website: http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com

Katie McVay, Area 6 Member Spotlight

Katie McVay hails from Pottstown, PA and writes Commercial Fiction.

When did you begin writing with the intent to be published? Right out of college. I had a brand new English degree and I spit out my first novel in three months. I just knew I was going to tear up the publishing world with this work of pure genius. Little did I know the book sucked, and that I was way too young, inexperienced, and ill-equipped to be published. It’s taken a long time, but fourteen years later, I finally feel comfortable calling myself a writer. And I’m ready to be published.

Why, what sparked the author inside you to finally write? I took a few years off from writing after that first novel to study the craft of writing, and to see if I thought I had what it takes to be a writer. The time away was painful, but necessary in order for me to mature, learn and grow. Then about a year ago I finished my second novel, thought it was publishable, and let some people read it. They really liked it and thought it could sell. That’s the moment when I told myself that I could make a go as a writer, that in fact, I couldn’t be anything BUT a writer. What’s that Isaac Asimov quote? “I write for the same reason I breathe: because if I didn’t I would die.” Or something like that. That’s me.

What completed/published works do you have or what are you currently working on? Describe them. I’m about to self-publish my first novel, THE CITY OF LOST SECRETS. It’s about a novelist and a biblical scholar that team up to solve the mystery of the Talpiot tomb, a burial cave inJerusalemthat is rumored to be the lost tomb of Jesus. It’s a women’s fiction / thriller hybrid, or The DaVinci Code for chicks, if you will.

 Are you involved in any critique groups, classes, or other writing communities? Any personal experiences from them you’d like to share? Places/events you’d like other members from Area 6 to know about. N/A

What inspires your writing? What breathes life into your work? Everyday things—and usually mundane things—inspire my writing. For instance, sitting around the Philly airport waiting for a flight inspired my recent short story, THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND, about a bored young woman who works for a regional airport and the decision she must make when a stranger offers her the promise of a new, happier life. And I love putting ordinary people into extraordinary situations. That really gets my juices flowing.

What is a genre that you would more than likely never tackle, why? Romance. I’m not overly sentimental, and Romance novels never really did it for me. But I certainly respect Romance readers, and of course Romance writers as well; I imagine it’s not easy making a popular genre feel fresh and new. 

What is a normal day like for you, tell us how you get all that writing in? I work a 9-5 job, so usually during the day I keep a notebook handy just in case ideas strike me. I do most of my writing at night and on weekends.

Where do you do most of your writing. A special place in your home, at a park, etc.? If I’m editing, I usually plop my laptop on my lap in the living room, plug in my earphones, crank some Beethoven CDs and I’m off and running. If I’m writing, I need a less trafficked area, so I sit at the desk in one of our spare bedrooms, plug in my earphones, and crank the Beethoven. Both places are near a window, and I raise the shade for inspiration. For some reason, staring at a wall doesn’t help me get to that writerly place.

What stage of publication are you in; first draft, editing, querying, etc.? How has that experience been? Right now, I’m about to self-publish the second novel I wrote. It’s been grueling doing all the work myself—editing, cover design, manuscript formatting, etc. But it certainly was an education, and being my own boss throughout the process was nice.

What is next for you? Starting the sequel to THE CITY OF LOST SECRETS.

You are a sandwich, describe yourself on a menu. Chunky peanut butter and creamy grape jelly sandwiched between two pieces of soft, white bread. Straightforward and simple—that’s the kind of gal I am.

If you could be a superhero, what would your name and power be? Super Best-Seller Girl. I would wave my wand at everyone I came in contact with and they’d instantly run out to buy my books!

Please let us know where we can find you online. I keep a blog at http://katiemcvay.blogspot.com. Follow me on Twitter @ktmcvay. I’m on Facebook too, somewhere. Search for my name and you’ll find my fan page.

Hello!

My fellow Area 6ers, it has been a while since I’ve posted. For the past few months I’ve shrugged my Area 6 Rep duties. I’m surprised there wasn’t a coup, a rebellion, an ousting if you will. Thank you for not inciting a riot and taking to the streets, it was very kind of you all.

Now that I am back in action, let’s get down to business.

1. The Pennwriters Conference was a wonderful success, so I hear. Kudos to all those involved with organizing.

2. We have many new members to Area 6 and Pennwriters, welcome to you all!

3. Many Area 6ers have expressed interest in meeting up and sharing work. We can meet up once a month and alternate locations to accommodate all our members. Area 6 covers the entire City of Philadelphia, its outlying suburbs and beyond. We can have a traveling monthly meet-up but we can and should expand the use of the Area 6 Yahoo Group. Many of us cannot meet in person but we can connect on this new thing called the interwebz. Please, sign up for the Area 6 Yahoo group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Penns_Area_6/. There we can exchange ideas, make arrangements for meet-ups, have workshops, and even exchange our work.

4. Please email me personally at charli555@comcast.net with all your current contact information. I want to create a thorough database of our members. If you have a website and would like to be listed on our blog, please send me that information as well.

5. If you’d like to guest post on our blog, please let me know. This is OUR blog, not  mine. Aren’t you tired of hearing only my voice???

6. I’d like to start a 6er Spotlight where YOU get to showcase who YOU are on our blog. We can do this monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly depending on the interest.

7. If I’ve left any items out you’d like to discuss, comment here.

Registration is Open for The Pennwriters 2011 Conference

Written by Aaron Peters   

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REGISTER ONLINE!
Sponsored by Perfect PlanIt

Or register by mail.   For a brochure and promotional materials click here.

 Join us for our 24th annual conference, geared to writers of all levels and genres.

May 13-15, 2011 (Pre-conference seminars May 12)

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Pittsburgh, PA

FRIDAY KEYNOTE:

Jacquelyn Mitchard

 New York Times #1 Best-Selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah’s first book club selection) and eight other bestselling novels.

SATURDAY KEYNOTE:

Jonathan Maberry

 New York Times Bestseller of Rot & Ruin & Patient Zero and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Pennwriters member.

 

INCLUDES:

PLUS EXTRA EVENTS:

Help promote the conference: Conference Downloads are available here.

Area 6 Events

Jonathan Maberry’s WRITE YOUR NOVEL IN NINE MONTHS

DATE/TIME: Begins Thursday, March 10; 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Nine 2-hour sessions meeting once per month, plus reserved monthly peer critique group, and a dedicated online group.

  FEE: $250.00

FACULTY:  This program will be co-taught by four professional authors: NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, Marie Lamba, Dennis Tafoya and Jon McGoran (scroll down to the bottom for their bios!)

LOCATION: The class will meet in the coffee shop at the Borders Bookstore in Valley Square Shopping Center (on Route 611 just north of Street Road/132 in Warrington).  The store is in the center of the mall.

DESCRIPTION: This writing-intensive program takes that idea that’s been knocking around in your head all these years and gets it onto the page. This 9-month course covers every aspect of writing and developing the novel, including:

  • Building your platform
  • Creating a flexible book outline
  • Crafting  Believable Characters
  • Developing the story idea
  • Voice, POV and Person
  • Figurative and Descriptive Language
  • Developing various versions of the storyline synopsis
  • Writing and Finishing the First Draft
  • Social Media and Networking for Writers (before, during and after the sale!)
  • Identifying Your Market; Insider tips on the writing business
  • Learning how to find an agent and/or publisher Outline the Novel
  • Preparing for Revisions
  • Finding the right Agents and Publishers
  • Setting a Practical and Possible Daily Word Count
  • Time management for writers Working the markets
  • And much more.

BONUS is that literary agents and a film agent will be scouting the finished books for potential clients!

TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM: Contact Jonathan via e-mail at jonathan_maberry@yahoo.com, or via phone at 215-808-0945 to reserve your spot today.  If responding by e-mail include the name of the program in the subject line, and provide us with your contact information.

CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Payable to: Jonathan Maberry — PO Box 84 — Southampton, PA 18966.   You can also opt to bring check, money order or cash to the first class (but please register first in order to hold your place).

FACULTY BIOS:

 JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestseller, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Marvel Comics writer.  His novels include PATIENT ZERO and THE DRAGON FACTORY (in development for TV), THE WOLFMAN, ROT & RUIN, DUST & DECAY (2011), GHOST ROAD BLUES, DEAD MAN’S SONG, BAD MOON RISING, THE KING OF PLAGUES (2011), DEAD OF NIGHT (2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (2012), and THE VISITORS (2013).  He has also written a number of nonfiction books and is a popular writer for Marvel Comics (DOOMWAR, PUNISHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE, MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, etc.).  Jonathan is the co-founder of the Liars Club –a Philly-based group of celebrated authors who support reading, literacy, and publishing; and runs the Writers Coffeehouse, a free monthly networking session for writers of all kinds.  Visit him on the web at www.jonathanmaberry.com

Writing as D. H. Dublin, JONATHAN McGORAN is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, all from Penguin Books. Writing as Jonathan McGoran, his short fiction appears in the anthology The Stories in Between and is podcast at http://www.variantfrequencies.com and crimewav.com. His satire has appeared in Philadelphia CityPaper. A charter member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, McGoran is also a member of the Mystery Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. When not writing under his own name or as D. H. Dublin, McGoran is editor of The Shuttle, a monthly newspaper in Philadelphia.

MARIE LAMBA is author of the humorous young adult novel What I Meant… (Random House Books for Young Readers), which Publisher’s Weekly dubbed “an impressive debut.” Marie’s essay, “The View from the Outside,” is published in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2009). Her features have appeared in more than a hundred magazines including Garden Design, Your Home, and Sports International, and her most recent piece, “Plotting a Novel Group,” can be found in the 2009 Novel Writing Yearbook issue of Writer’s Digest. For more info, visit http://www.marielamba.com.

DENNIS TAFOYA ‘s first novel, Dope Thief, was published by Minotaur Books in 2009. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Liars Club, a Philadelphia-area writers group. His second novel, The Wolves of Fairmount Park, will be released by Minotaur in June of 2010. His short story “Above the Imperial” will appear in Philadelphia Noir, coming from Akashic Books in November as part of their award-winning City Noir series. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania . _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

**This Week at the Kelly Writers House**

** Now call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636) for KWH updates **

Monday, February 28th at 12:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A lunch pro-
gram with MATT KATZ. Introduced by Dick Polman. Please RSVP
to wh@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

Monday, February 28th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE
WRITERS HOUSE presents THE LEEWAY FOUNDATION, fea-
turing CATZIE VILAYPHONH, DR. TANJI GILLIAM, MONIQUE E.
HANKERSON, LORELEI SHINGLEDECKER, and BENITA COOPER.

Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A reading by non-
fiction writer JAY KIRK. Introduced by Greg Djanikian. Co-sponsored
by the Creative Writing Program.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Feminism/s pre-
sents performance artist KAREN FINLEY.

Thursday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Whenever We Feel
Like It presents ELIZABETH ROBINSON and RACHEL BLAU DU-
PLESSIS.

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Our hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday,
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday,
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

All events take place at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk,
and are free of charge.If you have any questions or would like further
information, please e-mail us at wh@writing.upenn.edu, or call 215-
746-7636. For a more detailed Writers House calendar, visit our web-
site:

http://www.writing.upenn.edu/wh

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Monday, February 28th at 12:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A lunch pro-
gram with MATT KATZ. Introduced by Dick Polman. Please RSVP
to wh@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

MATT KATZ, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, covers New Jer-
sey Gov. Chris Christie, a rising national star on the GOP scene.
 From 2008 until this past January, he wrote about Camden, NJ, one
of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America, and authored a
four-part series about the failure of New Jersey’s unprecedented seven-
year takeover of city government. In the summer of 2010, Matt went to
Afghanistan, where he covered the U.S. military’s efforts at reconstruction
under fire. Before coming to the Inquirer, Matt was a municipal and edu-
cation reporter for the Daily Record in North Jersey and later the Courier-
Post in South Jersey, where he also wrote a dating column, “The Bach-
elor Pad,” that was syndicated nationally by Gannett Newspapers. Matt
is a native of Queens and Long Island, and he graduated from George
Washington University in Washington DC.

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Monday, February 28th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE
WRITERS HOUSE presents THE LEEWAY FOUNDATION, fea-
turing CATZIE VILAYPHONH, DR. TANJI GILLIAM, MONIQUE E.
HANKERSON, LORELEI SHINGLEDECKER, and BENITA COOPER.

CATZIE VILAYPHONH, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, will create
“Laos in the House,” an innovative writing and performance workshop.
The show will promote and provide an accessible art form via live
storytelling among Lao American refugees in Philadelphia.

DR. TANJI GILLIAM, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, has a created a
project entitled “do you have any scars?/The Architecture of Violence”.
It is a photography, video, and literary project that gives voice to women
who have been impacted by domestic violence, broadly defined. Tanji
hopes that this work will encourage other circles and communities of
black women and promote dialogue and inspire healing.

2010 Arts and Change Grantee MONIQUE E. HANKERSON will pro-
duce A Voice That Bears a Likeness to My Soul, a photographic and
poetic journey that will document the story of ten homeless LGBTQ
youths in Philadelphia. She hopes to shed light on homelessness and
force people to become advocates of those in need.

LORELEI SHINGLEDECKER, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, will
document an oral and photographic history of her Filipino female rela-
tives in the United States – those who immigrated and those who
were born here–exploring their experiences assimilating and resisting
Western culture, the dichotomy of a traditional or Western life, and
the notions of success and beauty.

2010 Arts and Change Grantee BENITA COOPER will facilitate
“Seniors Storytelling Day”, an interactive performance art event bring-
ing Philadelphia teenagers and seniors together to collaborate on
documenting and re-telling the stories of the seniors. Benita hopes to
develop a stronger sense of community by building a common ground
for understanding between generations.

The Leeway Foundation, which began in 1993 as a foundation dedi-
cated to supporting women artists in the Philadelphia area, is com-
mitted to art making as an integral part of social change, to move-
ment building, and anti-oppression work where Leeway is account-
able, accessible, part of and governed by, the communities Leeway’s
programs support.

Leeway is guided by the values of fearlessness in action, speech,
and self-examination and commits to breaking down boundaries and
barriers with creativity, respect, and openness to the process.

Leeway funds women and trans artists creating social change.

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Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A reading by non-
fiction writer JAY KIRK. Introduced by Greg Djanikian. Co-sponsored
by the Creative Writing Program.

JAY KIRK’S fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Har-
per’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Peregrine, The Nation,
Chicago Reader, Philadelphia City Paper, Saturday Night and Nerve.
His work has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003,
Best American Crime Writing 2004, and Best American Travel Writing
2009. He was also included in the anthology, Submersion Journalism:
Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine (New
Press, 2008). He was a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts,
as well as a 2007 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Penn-
sylvania Council on the Arts. His first book, Kingdom Under Glass: A
Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the
World’s Great Animals (Holt, Henry & Company, 2010) is about the
taxidermist-sculptor Carl Akeley.

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Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Feminism/s pre-
sents performance artist KAREN FINLEY.

No other contemporary performing artist has captured the psycholo-
gical complexity of this decade’s political and social milestones as
KAREN FINLEY has in the past ten years. In her inimitable style, Fin-
ley has embodied some of the most troubling figures to cast a long
shadow on the public imagination, and has envisioned a kind of cath-
arsis within each drama: Liza Minnelli responds to the September 11
attacks; Terri Schaivo explains why Americans love a woman in a
coma; Martha Stewart dumps George W. Bush during their tryst on
the eve of the Republican National Convention; Silda Spitzer tells the
former governor why “I’m sorry” just isn’t enough; Jackie O cries,
“Please stop looking at me!”

Finley’s new book and transcripts of her performances The Reality
Shows blazes through a dark and vivid era. These seething performance
pieces are fully contextualized with introductions by the author and a
time-line of cultural and political milestones since the beginning of the
twenty-first century.

Karen Finley’s raw and transgressive performances have long provok-
ed controversy and debate. She has presented her visual art, perform-
ances and plays internationally. The author of many books including
A Different Kind of Intimacy, George & Martha, and Shock Treatment,
she is a professor at the Tisch School of Art and Public Policy at New
York University. Visit The Feminist Press to find out more about Fin-
ley’s book The Reality Shows.

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Thursday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Whenever We Feel
Like It presents ELIZABETH ROBINSON and RACHEL BLAU DU-
PLESSIS.

ELIZABETH ROBINSON’S most recent books are The Orphan & its
Relations (Fence) and Also Known As (Apogee). Three Novels, a col-
lection of poetry, is forthcoming this year from Omnidawn. Robinson
has been a recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foun-
dation for Contemporary Arts. She co-edits EtherDome Chapbooks
and Instance Press. With Jennifer Phelps, she is also co-editing an
essay collection, Quo Anima, on contemporary women poets and
spirituality.

The Collage Poems of Drafts (just published in 2011) and Pitch: Drafts
77-95 (2010) are the newest poetry books by RACHEL BLAU DU-
PLESSIS from Salt Publishing. She is a poet-critic whose other works
include The Pink Guitar and Blue Studios. Forthcoming from Iowa is
Purple Passages: Patriarchal Poetry and its Ends.

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The Writers House is proud to host a number of ongoing writing and
reading groups. For more information about joining the following groups,
contact the group organizers listed below.

F-Word
A journal of feminism, gender, and sexuality. For more information con-
tact fwordinfo@gmail.com.

The Green Couch
A literary journalism project that publishes once a semester and is open
for submissions! For more info contact Jessica Lowenthal at
jalowent@writing.upenn.edu.

Jabberwocky: Writing for Children
Interested in writing for kids — stories, poetry, picture books?
Jabberwocky
will bring together all those interested in writing, illustrating, or
otherwise
being involved in the world of literature for children. If you’ve ever
considered writing for kids, come check out Jabberwocky! For more
information please contact both Tracy Byford at tbyford@sas.upenn.edu
and Kermit Oswald III at chaosthethird@gmail.com.

Lacanians
A Lacan discussion group. For more info contact Patricia Gherovici at
pgherovici@aol.com.

Penn Appetit
A journal of food and food writing. For more information contact
pennappetit@gmail.com.

Penn and Pencil Club
A creative writing workshop for Penn employees. For more information,
contact John Shea at john.shea@uphs.upenn.edu.

Pennomicon is a writing group for those who create worlds of fantasy,
science fiction and horror. Whether your medium is short story, novel,
or screenplay, bring an idea to discuss, pages to read, or a writer’s
block to smash, in the company of like minded visionaries. Please
contact Matthew Spizuco (pennomicon@comcast.net) for details.

Penn Review is the premier mainstream magazine devoted to the literary
and visual arts on Penn’s campus. The magazine accepts literary and
visual arts submissions for annual publication. For more information,
contact pennreview@gmail.com.

The Plays’ The Thing
An open-ended monthly play reading and thinking group, designed to
get people together to study the genre of writing for theater and to share
and discuss their work. For more info contact Christine at
plays.2006@hotmail.com.

Writers Workshop
For writers, published or working in that direction, interested in sharing
their stories while giving and receiving feedback. This is a mixed genre
group — fiction writers, memoirists, creative nonfiction writers and
essayists. Writing is submitted via the Internet, but critiqued in person
using a traditional writers workshop format with scheduled meetings.
For more information, please contact Martha Turner (m-turner@verizon.net).

Suppose An Eyes
A poetry workshop where poets can come to share and discuss their
work. For more information contact Pat Green at patricia78@aol.com.

34th Street Poets
Meets weekly to workshop poems that range from experimental forms
to carefully crafted sonnets.

Virginia Woolf Discussion Group
For Virginia Woolf, the politics is in the writing. With this in mind, our
discussions will focus on Woolf’s language and how it functions in her
texts. For more information, contact Judith Allen at
woolfgroup@mindspring.com.

Write On!
Is a group for Penn students working with middle school students on
expository and creative writing projects. For more information contact
wh@writing.upenn.edu.

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James Gleick, author of “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood”  

Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 1
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

FREE
Contact: 215-567-4341
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Author Michael Sims of The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime  

Monday, February 28 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

FREE

Contact: 215-567-4341
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Poetry Reading Series
On Thursday, March 3, Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA will feature poet Marie Kane beginning at 8 PM.  Marie will delight us with various readings from her prolific and widely-honored body of work.
Farley’s is located at 44 South Main Street, New Hope, 18938. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with the poet.
  
About the Poet
Marie Kane is the 2006 Bucks County Poet Laureate.  She has received a recognition award for her poetry from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and an award for her teaching of young writers from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  She co-chaired, and then chaired, the James A. Michener Art Museum scholastic poetry contest for ten years.  After twenty-eight years of teaching High School English in Central Bucks in PA, she  retired in 2007.  She continues to influence young poets through the Montgomery County Poet Laureate organization on their PoetryWITS website.  Her publishing credits include The River, Stirring, The Bucks County Writer, U. S. 1 Worksheets, Wordgathering, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Hot Metal Press, the Delaware Valley Poets Anthology, The Poet’s Touchstone, two Inglis House Chapbooks, The Meadowland Review, the Shreveport, Louisiana Library electronic poetry board, and others. 
 
One of her poems, “Radio Interview,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010.  She is a Second Place winner in the 2008 Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s National Contest, and an Honorable Mention winner in their 2010 contest, a 2008 Honorable Mention winner in the Inglis House National Contest, and a Second and Third place winner in their 2010 Contest.  She was a finalist in the 2009 Robert Fraser contest and her chapbook, Survivors in the Garden, was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Black Lawrence Press National Chapbook competition.  Recently, she has enjoyed being a juror in regional and national scholastic poetry contests.  She lives in Yardley, PA, and is very happily married to Stephen Millner, an artist.
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Dear writers, editors, and other creative folks,
 
I’m writing to let you know about two special events at The Word Studio in March and April, one about strategies for getting into print, the other about writing deeply on the theme of home. The attached pdf gives a quick view with pictures, and the email below offers more thorough descriptions, as does www.thewordstudio.usI’d also like to let you know about two new writing groups: The Word Studio Manuscript Group (a yearlong group for writers aiming to complete a work of fiction or creative nonfiction) and a workshop for beginning writers called Writing from Life. Short descriptions follow the event descriptions. Thanks for reading, and If you have an audience that would be interested, thanks for passing the news along. I hope The Word Studio can become a meaningful place this year for you or for someone you know.  

THE WORD STUDIO was founded in 2010 by Janet Benton, an experienced writer, editor, and teacher,

to offer editorial support, workshops, and community to writers in the Philadelphia region.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS at 26 E. Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

FROM THE SLUSH PILE TO THE BOOKSHELF: STRATEGIES FOR GETTING PUBLISHED 

Novelist Pam Jenoff went from being an unpublished author to an international bestseller with no special contacts or shortcuts. The author of four published novels, Jenoff will share the lessons she’s learned that have enabled her continuing success. Topics will include perfecting your query letter, getting an agent, finding the right market, promoting your book, and surviving in the changing book business.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a discussion and questions with Pam from 12:45 to 1:30 in our lovely space. Pam Jenoff worked at the Pentagon and the State Department and is currently an attorney and a law professor. The Kommandant’s Girl was an international bestseller and was nominated for a Quill award;  The Diplomat’s Wife, Almost Home, and A Hidden Affair were also acclaimed. Her fifth novel is due out shortly. Her Web site is www.pamjenoff.com. Attendance limited. To sign up, use the link to PayPal at www.thewordstudio.us or write to janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com. $45 by check or $48 through PayPal.

 
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WRITING OUR WAY HOME: A MEMOIR WORKSHOP
Susan Tiberghien of Geneva, Switzerland will lead us to write deeply, blending Jungian insight with methods honed in 20 years of teaching. Her fourth book, One Year to a Writing Life, is an Amazon bestseller in its category. This workshop will introduce us to Hestia (Vesta), the keeper of the hearth, with reflections on the longing for home in our fragmented world. We will read excerpts from contemporary authors, seeing how they find images that lead them homeward. With guided writing exercises, we will write about our own images in whatever form comes naturally–journal entries, essays, short stories or poems. We will shape these pieces into mosaic-like memoirs. Afterward, attendees can enjoy snacks and conversation with the author. This is an International Women’s Writing Guild event. Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs—Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps: A European Album—and a popular book on writing, One Year to a Writing Life. She has taught creative writing for twenty years. Her website is www.susantiberghien.com. Attendance limited. To sign up, use our Web site’s link to PayPal or write to janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com. $35 by check, $38 by PayPal (or $30 per IWWG member by check, $33 by PayPal).
 
 WRITING FROM LIFE This workshop offers those relatively new to the writing process a chance to discover and draw upon material from their own lives to craft works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. An assortment of writing prompts and discussions will provide a solid foundation for growth. Limited to eight writers. For more information, contact janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com. 

THE WORD STUDIO MANUSCRIPT GROUP The only group of its kind in the area!  This manuscript group is a 12-month program for writers working on book-length manuscripts who aim to make major progress. The group provides a full year of structure, support, feedback, and individual guidance to enable writers to complete their fiction or creative nonfiction manuscripts and hone their talents. For more information, contact janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com.

In addition, our biweekly Writing Intensive is open for enrollment for a new session that will begin in June, and the Thursday Morning Jump-Start is open for enrollment. See www.thewordstudio.us.   
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Sarah Mook Poetry Contest
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for entries, March 31, is fast approaching. Poems are trickling in, and we hope to see many more before the end of March. You can visit the website below for details. In addition to cash prizes, this year the winning poems will be published on the Poetry WITS website.
The Sarah Mook Poetry Contest is open to all students K-12. Donations, though not required, are always welcome and will be forwarded this year to Smile Train, a charity which provides free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries. Please pass along the word about the contest to other teachers and student poets. Thank you for your support and consideration.
Happy writing!                                                                                                                                                                 
David Mook
Sarah Mook Poetry Contest     P.O. Box 20 Lahaska, PA 18931

Area 6 Events

GET OUT AND MEET FELLOW WRITERS!__________________________________________________________________________________________________

*Events with our very own Kathryn Craft!

Hi all,

February will be a busy month for me. I have several talks coming up, all free, and (for the most part) open to the public.

The first, tomorrow night, is open only to patrons of the Bethlehem Library. This disappointing new rule, added to another that requires advance sign-ups, has made a devastating impact on attendance–one of my best topics, “Those Critical First Pages,” may be canceled. This has been scheduled since October 2009–if you have a Bethlehem library card and have any interest, call right away, as the decision to cancel will be made today.

The talk on Thursday at Parkland, 7 pm, is a fun new topic. It covers similar material as the Bethlehem talk, but is much more interactive. Participants have 15 minutes to go out into the library and fall in love with a book in the genre of their interest, and bring it back into the conference room. For as many as we have time, you will then become its agent, taking a turn in the “hot seat” to advocate for it in front of the rest of us–the editorial board. We will cover what draws agents, editors, and the buying public to books in a way that will forever impact your appreciation of the subjectivity of this business. It’s fun and unpredictable!

My workshop at Brandywine Writers is on Writing to Heal the Heart, which includes why writing is such a powerful mode of healing, and includes an exercise that in the past has worked really well to help participants write about difficult material.

I’ll be speaking at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group on Feb. 26 on Final Quick Fixes to tune up your manuscript before the upcoming conference season, and that afternoon we’ll have a pitching workshop in which participants will write or tune up their agent/editor pitches and get feedback on them.

Full schedule:

Tues. Feb. 8, 2011: “Those Critical First Pages,” Bethlehem Area Public Library, Main Branch, Bethlehem, PA. 7-8:30 pm. 610-867-3761. MUST call to sign up this morning.

Thurs. Feb. 10, 2011: “Good From Page One,” Parkland Community Library, Allentown, PA. 7-8:30 pm. 610-398-1361.

Tues. Feb. 15, 2011: “Writing to Heal the Heart,” Brandywine Valley Writers Group, Four Dogs Tavern, Marshallton, PA. 7-8:30 pm.

Sat., Feb. 26, 2011: “Final Quick Fixes” to get your manuscript in shape for submission, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Palmer Library, 11 am–noon. Free.

Sat. Feb. 26, 2011: “Learn to Pitch: It’s Catching,” a workshop to prepare for agent/editor appointments, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Palmer Library, 1:30–3:30 pm. $10 GLVWG members/$15 non-members.

If you’d like more info on any of these, feel free to e-mail me.
Kathryn
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Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869  

Tuesday, February 8 @ 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students

Contact: 215-567-4341
authorevents@freelibrary.org

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MATTHEW ROHRER & ELIZABETH STROUT @ Rutgers, Newark

Tuesday, February 8 @ 5:30 PM

Paul Robeson Gallery, Multipurpose Room
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Newark, NJ
Free
Contact : (973) 353-1107 or rnmfa@newark.rutgers.edu

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Susan Weidener is facilitating a memoir writing workshop for women in
April at Pendle Hill. Here’s the information:

Writing From Life: A Retreat for Women With Stories to Tell
Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA
April 8 – 10, 2011
Limited Spaces! Register Today!

• Where: Pendle Hill, a Quaker residential study center in Wallingford,
PA, that dates back to 1930. (For more information about Pendle Hill:
www.pendlehill.org)
• When: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and concludes at 2
p.m.—after the mid-day meal—on Sunday, April 10.
• What: Two days and two nights of time away from our busy lives to
focus on writing, both in solitary and group settings.
• Who: Facilitated by Susan Weidener, author of Again in a Heartbeat and
former Philadelphia Inquirer report. (For more information about Susan:
www.susanweidener.com)
• Cost:
o $298 includes workshop, as well as two nights lodging, five meals, and
refreshments at Pendle Hill
o Limited spots for commuters (first-come, first-served): $200 includes
workshop, as well as three meals and refreshments at Pendle Hill

• How to register:
1) Fill out the attached registration form (electronically) and email to
Beth Toner at elizabethdunhamtoner@gmail.com; if you are registering
with a friend, please submit a separate form for each (one check is OK).
2) Print out a copy of the completed form and send it, along with a
check for your full registration fee and made payable to Susan Weidener, to:
Susan Weidener
75 Jennifer Drive
Chester Springs, PA 19425
Registration forms and checks must be received by February 20, 2011.
3) You will receive an email confirmation when we’ve received your
check; expect directions and more information about the weekend schedule
as the weekend draws closer.
4) Please note: All registration fees are nonrefundable.

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**This Week at the Kelly Writers House**

** Now call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636) for KWH updates **

Monday, February 7th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A talk by
MICHAEL DAVIDSON: “Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and
Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes.” Introduced by Charles Bernstein. Co-
sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and EDIT: Processing
Improvisatory Writing Technologies.

Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00pm at The Rotunda: The Kelly Writers
House presents REVOLUTION GIRL STYLE AGAIN simulcast at the
Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). A Kerry Prize panel discussion orga-
nized by GRACE AMBROSE. **All seats at the Kelly Writers House
are already full. Please go to the Rotunda for the simulcast.

Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A Reading by
PHILLIP LOPATE. Third Annual Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fiction.
Introduced by Max Apple. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Pro-
gram.

Thursday, February 10th at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: RealArts@PENN
presents journalist and Penn alumna ASHLEY PARKER. Introduced
by Anthony DeCurtis.

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Our hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday,
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday,
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

All events take place at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk,
and are free of charge.If you have any questions or would like further
information, please e-mail us at wh@writing.upenn.edu, or call 215-
746-7636. For a more detailed Writers House calendar, visit our web-
site:

http://www.writing.upenn.edu/wh

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Monday, February 7th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A talk by
MICHAEL DAVIDSON: “Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and
Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes.” Introduced by Charles Bernstein. Co-
sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and EDIT: Processing Im-
provisatory Writing Technologies.

MICHAEL DAVIDSON has written more than a half dozen books of
poetry as well as numerous historical, cultural and critical works. He
has been affiliated with the University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
since 1974 and as a professor of American literature since 1988 with
areas of study and research in Modern Poetry, Cultural Studies, Gen-
der Studies, and Disability Studies. Davidson has written extensively
on disability issues, including “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech
in Deaf Performance,” in Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities,
“Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body,” GLQ 9:1-2 (2003),
and “Strange Blood: Hemophobia and the Unexplored Boundaries of
Queer Nation,” in Beyond the Boundary: Reconstructing Cultural
Identity in a Multicultural Context. His essays on disability are col-
lected in Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body
(University of Michigan). His critical work, Outskirts of Form: Practicing
Cultural Poetics, is scheduled for publication in 2011 by Wesleyan
University Press. Davidson is known for insightful literary criticism,
his work in disability studies, and for the meticulous editing of the
monumental George Oppen, New Collected Poems.

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Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00pm at The Rotunda: The Kelly Writers
House presents REVOLUTION GIRL STYLE AGAIN simulcast at the
Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). A Kerry Prize Panel discussion orga-
nized by GRACE AMBROSE. **All seats at the Kelly Writers House
are already full. Please go to the Rotunda for the simulcast.

Although seating at the Kelly Writers House is full, REVOLUTION
GIRL STYLE AGAIN will be simulcast live to the Rotunda (4014 Wal-
nut Street). This program will not be recorded, so this streaming is
your only chance to participate in this exciting conversation. Those
attending the simulcast will also have the opportunity to ask questions
of the panel from this satellite location. After the discussion, stay at
the Rotunda for the benefit show featuring Trophy Wife, Whore Paint
(Providence), Cat Vet and Slutever, with all proceeds going to support
Girls Rock Philly. Please arrive at the Rotunda no earlier than 5:45 to
guarantee yourself a seat.

KATHLEEN HANNA is a NYC artist best known for her groundbreaking
performances as the singer of the seminal 90’s punk band, Bikini Kill
and her more recent, highly acclaimed multimedia group Le Tigre. She
was a pivotal figure in what became known as ‘Riot Grrrl’, a feminist
movement that took place within the underground music scene between
1990-1996. She is currently gearing up for the release of a performance
based documentary called Le Tigre: On Tour, writing a new album and
doing work surround the recent donation of her papers to the Fales
Archive at NYU.

SARA MARCUS is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. Her book
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution was pub-
lished by Harper Perennial in October 2010. Marcus’s prose and poetry
have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including the San
Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Salon, Bookforum, Artforum.com, Time
Out New York, The Advocate, EOAGH, Encyclopedia, Tantalum, The
Art of Touring, and Heeb, where she was the politics editor for five
years. She is a cofounder of New Herring Press, a collectively run
micropress focusing on prose chapbooks. She received an MFA in
creative writing from Columbia University.

KATY OTTO recently relocated to Philadelphia after living in Washing-
ton, DC. Ms. Otto has over a decade of experience in fundraising for
violence prevention, women’s issues, youth development, and arts
organizations. She started playing drums when she was 17 and has
not gone one week without them since. At 22, she and two friends
founded the independent label Exotic Fever Records, which just cele-
brated ten years and over forty internationally distributed indepedent
releases. She has done contract development work creating grass-
roots fundraising plans and authoring proposals for social justice or-
ganizations nationally. Katy has toured the country several times
playing drums in her former band Del Cielo. Her current band, Trophy
Wife, just released a full length debut, Patience Fury, on 307Knox
Records. She co-founded the national Visions in Feminism confer-
ence. She was a member for over twelve years of the group Positive
Force DC, a volunteer punk collective that organizes concerts and
events for social change and plans community actions. She has
done radical sexual assault prevention and survivor solidarity work
and workshops.

BETH WARSHAW-DUNCAN is the line producer at the NPR music
program The World Café. She has also been the production director
of WXPN, a noncommercial radio station in Philadelphia, and has
edited live sessions with bands, directed live & recorded shows, &
edited in soundproof studios all day (and all of the night). She is also
a board member of the 215 Festival in Philadelphia, is certified as a
secondary-school teacher in Pennsylvania & has taught Writing For
Radio at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as sound & recording
workshops for the Black Lily Film & Music Festival. After volunteering
for two years as a counselor & workshop instructor at Willie Mae Rock
Camp in New York, Beth founded & is the executive director of Girls
Rock Philly, a rock & empowerment camp where girls ages 9-17 learn
instruments, write songs & form their own bands. Girls Rock Philly
held its first camp session in August 2007 & is a founding member of
the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

Co-sponsored by the KWH Kerry Prize, SPEC Fully Planned, SPEC
Connaissance, Creative Writing Program, and the Music Department.

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Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A Reading by
PHILLIP LOPATE. Third Annual Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fic-
tion. Introduced by Max Apple. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing
Program.

PHILLIP LOPATE was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943. He has
written three personal essay collections—Bachelorhood (Little, Brown,
1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Poseidon-Simon & Schuster, 1989), and
Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions
of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987);
two poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open (Sun
Press, 1972) and The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976); a memoir of his
teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975); a collection
of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically (Doubleday-Anchor);
an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (Crown,
2004); and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer
and Filmmaker (Harry N. Abrams, 2004.) In addition, there is a Phillip
Lopate reader, Getting Personal: Selected Writings (Basic Books, 2003).
His most recent books are Two Marriages (novellas, Other Press, 2008),
Notes on Sontag (Princeton University Press, 2009), and At the End of
the Day: Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010). He has received
many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public
Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants,
and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He is a member of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the NYU Institute for
the Humanities. After working with children for twelve years as a writer
in the schools, he has taught creative writing and literature at Fordham,
Cooper Union, University of Houston, New York University, Hofstra Uni-
versity, the New School and Bennington College. He is now a Professor
in the graduate division at Columbia University.

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Thursday, February 10th at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: RealArts@PENN
presents journalist and Penn alumna ASHLEY PARKER. Introduced
by Anthony DeCurtis.

ASHLEY PARKER is a reporter for the New York Times and a distin-
guished Penn alum. While at Penn she won both the Rolling Stone
Journalism Award and the Nora Magid Prize. She was hired as Mau-
reen Dowd’s assistant at the Times, and, to the surprise of no one who
knew her in school, soon became a hilarious recurring character in her
boss’s award-winning op-ed columns. In her own writing and reporting,
Parker has defined a smart, sly voice, whether analyzing with anthro-
pological zeal the arcane language of her younger sister (“The Ling”);
chatting with then Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama,
for a profile of his ever-present “body man” Reggie Love; or limning
the works and days of “All the Obama 20-Somethings” for the Sunday
Times Magazine. Parker will be discussing her work at the Times,
and the thrills and perils of forging a career in the fraught world of
contemporary journalism.

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The Writers House is proud to host a number of ongoing writing and
reading groups. For more information about joining the following groups,
contact the group organizers listed below.

F-Word
A journal of feminism, gender, and sexuality. For more information con-
tact fwordinfo@gmail.com.

The Green Couch
A literary journalism project that publishes once a semester and is open
for submissions! For more info contact Jessica Lowenthal at
jalowent@writing.upenn.edu.

Jabberwocky: Writing for Children
Interested in writing for kids — stories, poetry, picture books?
Jabberwocky will bring together all those interested in writing, illustrating, or
otherwise being involved in the world of literature for children. If you’ve ever
considered writing for kids, come check out Jabberwocky! For more
information please contact both Tracy Byford at tbyford@sas.upenn.edu
and Kermit Oswald III at chaosthethird@gmail.com.

Lacanians
A Lacan discussion group. For more info contact Patricia Gherovici at
pgherovici@aol.com

Penn Appetit
A journal of food and food writing. For more information contact
pennappetit@gmail.com

Penn and Pencil Club
A creative writing workshop for Penn employees. For more information,
contact John Shea at john.shea@uphs.upenn.edu.

Pennomicon is a writing group for those who create worlds of fantasy,
science fiction and horror. Whether your medium is short story, novel,
or screenplay, bring an idea to discuss, pages to read, or a writer’s
block to smash, in the company of like minded visionaries. Please
contact Matthew Spizuco (pennomicon@comcast.net) for details.

Penn Review is the premier mainstream magazine devoted to the literary
and visual arts on Penn’s campus. The magazine accepts literary and
visual arts submissions for annual publication. For more information,
contact pennreview@gmail.com.

The Plays’ The Thing
An open-ended monthly play reading and thinking group, designed to
get people together to study the genre of writing for theater and to share
and discuss their work. For more info contact Christine at
plays.2006@hotmail.com.

Writers Workshop
For writers, published or working in that direction, interested in sharing
their stories while giving and receiving feedback. This is a mixed genre
group — fiction writers, memoirists, creative nonfiction writers and
essayists. Writing is submitted via the Internet, but critiqued in person
using a traditional writers workshop format with scheduled meetings.
For more information, please contact Martha Turner (m-turner@verizon.net).

Suppose An Eyes
A poetry workshop where poets can come to share and discuss their
work. For more information contact Pat Green at patricia78@aol.com.

34th Street Poets
Meets weekly to workshop poems that range from experimental forms
to carefully crafted sonnets.

Virginia Woolf Discussion Group
For Virginia Woolf, the politics is in the writing. With this in mind, our
discussions will focus on Woolf’s language and how it functions in her
texts. For more information, contact Judith Allen at
woolfgroup@mindspring.com.

Write On!
Is a group for Penn students working with middle school students on
expository and creative writing projects. For more information contact
wh@writing.upenn.edu.

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Hi Pals!

Next Friday, celebrate your love for your friends, your cat, your partner, poetry, coffee, music-anything!
Because we love you, it’s discounted admission on 2/11.
Bring a friend: Special admission for pairs/couples: 7$ 
1$ off admission for everyone else. (Plus extra hugs if you pass our invites along.)
Plus I’m making cupcakes! I got some sprinkles shaped like X-es and O-s!
Love! Jane
THE FUZE
5$, 3$ for students
Home of the Philadelphia Poetry Slam
Second and last Fridays
Doors 7:30, Reading starts at 8:30
InFusion Coffee and Tea
7133 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA
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MRAC Hosts Valentine’s Haiku Program

 Celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center at 419 Green Lane will host “The Heart of Haiku and Other Japanese Forms” on Sunday, February 13th from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  Facilitated by award-winning poets Elizabeth Bodien and Marilyn Hazelton, the program will include the history and techniques of haiku, tanka and related forms, followed by an open mike.  Participants will be encouraged to read their own haiku or tanka, or to read Japanese-style poems from books and journals that will be available on that day. There is a $4 admission and refreshments will be provided.

The world of haiku and tanka is expanding each year.  These forms and others appear in online and print journals in Europe, Africa, India, Australia, as well as in Japan, the U.S. and Canada.  Participants in “The Heart of Haiku…” will take away a list of resources for reading and for publishing their work if they wish to continue in this field.

Elizabeth Bodien, Kempton, Pennsylvania, has had poems in Frogpond, Ribbons, red lights, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, Eucalypt, Ribbons, bottle rockets, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Atlas Poetica, among other publications.  Her most recent poetry collection is Endpapers (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

Registered as a poet with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2000, Marilyn Hazelton teaches poetry in public and private schools in Pennsylvania.  Her work includes residencies or readings in France, Japan and Morocco. Her writings include poetry, art reviews, op-eds and book reviews published regionally, nationally and internationally. She is editor of the tanka journal, red lights.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, is the coordinator of the M/RAC  Reading Series and is Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal.

 The afternoon literary series at the M/RAC started in the fall of1990.  There is a $4 donation and, of course, refreshments are provided. For information about the program, call the MAC at 215-482-3363.

 Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane  (rear)

Philadelphia, PA  19128

http://mrartcenter.org/

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Among other events scheduled by the Irish Studies Program at Villanova
this spring, please notice these readings:

March 10th
Novelist Colum McCann
Reading as part of the Villanova Literary Festival
Radnor/St. David’s Room,
Connelly Center
7 p.m.

March 31st
Poetry Reading and Reception
Moya Cannon
Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies
President’s Lounge
Connelly Center
6 p.m

April 13th
“Reading Ireland” Poetry Release Party
for Nathalie Anderson
(Swarthmore College)
and Joseph Lennon
(Villanova University),
Falvey Library
4 p.m.
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Michael Scheuer author of Osama bin Laden  

Thursday, February 10 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Free.
Contact: 215-567-4341.
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Dear friends of the Writers House:

Our first 2011 Kelly Writers House Fellow is SUSAN CHEEVER.  There are a few seats left at the two public programs during Ms. Cheever’s visit:

1) 6:30 PM on Monday, February 14 – a reading and Q&A; and
2) 10 AM on Tuesday, February 15 – a brunch and interview/conversation.
Reserve a seat now by emailing whfellow@writing.upenn.edu. Or call: 215-573-9749.
Susan Cheever has just published a biography of Louisa May Alcott. For more about her work–including her memoir about her father, the legendary writer John Cheever–see below.
–Al Filreis
Al Filreis
Kelly Professor
Faculty Dir., Kelly Writers House
Dir., Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
University of Pennsylvania

Susan Cheever has published five novels and seven works of nonfiction ranging from memoir to literary history to psychological investigation. Cheever’s writing is at once engrossing and unsettling, funny and heartbreaking. Home Before Dark, her memoir of her father, the legendary fiction writer John Cheever, is bravely honest yet shows a narrative restraint that would elude a less skilled writer. Her recent book, Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction, explores the boundaries between passion and addiction in a provocative yet tempered, lucid manner.

Cheever’s 2006 book American Bloomsbury, a portrait of the community of transcendentalist writers in and around 19th century Concord, was on the Boston Globe’s best-seller list for many months and has been lauded as a penetrating look at the lives of some of America’s most important writers. Cheever’s forthcoming book, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography, due for publication in November 2010, continues this vivid, humane examination of the woman—a working writer, civic intellectual and headstrong daughter whose communal and familial struggles inform choices many young women face today.

Cheever’s work has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and was awarded the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Authors Guild Council, the winner of an Associated Press Award and a director of the Yaddo Corporation. Cheever has taught at Yale, Hunter College, and the New School, and she is on the faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Known for emotional intensity and compassion in her work, Cheever has earned a reputation as one of America’s most respected nonfiction writers. Writing about Desire, Kelly McMasters of Newsday has said that Cheever “puts herself under the microscope here because no one else was willing, and she does so with grace.”

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The Doylestown Bookshop And The Bucks County Poetry Series

Is proud to present Tom Mallouk

Reading this Friday, Feb. 11th, 8 pm

 There will be a Q & A with Tom after he reads

This event is free and open to the public

Doylestown Bookshop

16 S. Main St.

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

215-230-7619

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You are invited to
an afternoon of Sufi poetry
  
 DANIEL ABDAL-HAYY MOORE
& musical guest FROM A FOUNTAIN
  
Sunday, February 20, 2011 3-5 p.m
  
 READING, BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
  
 THE CYNWYD CLUB
332 TREVOR LANE
 BALA CYNWYD, PA 19004
  
 (past where Conshohocken turns onto Montgomery)
  
tea & light refreshments will be served