Last-Minute Recommendation + A Few More Old Christmas Books

First, a quick last-minute recommendation for that english major/college professor type on your list: Srikanth Reddy’s Readings in World Literature. I picked it up while attending a lecture by Reddy in Seattle (in which I learned, among other more intellectual things, that Hermann Rorschach, of the inkblots, was totally hot.)

Readings in World Literature is a fabulous chapbook of short prose pieces delving into questions of the underworld and meaning while satirizing academia with aplomb. It comes in the form of notes written by a professor teaching a course in the humanities described thusly:Continue reading “Last-Minute Recommendation + A Few More Old Christmas Books”

Almost time for “A Time to Write”

The next Saturday “A Time to Write” group at the Attic Institute starts April 12th—I’ve got a slew of great generative prompts designed to get your pen moving (I love coming up with prompts), revision exercises to nudge your brain into seeing an old piece in a new light, and you can also use the time as just a designated work session to work on whatever it is you’re itching to work on.

It runs for 5 weeks, Saturday mornings, 10am – Noon, April 12 – May 10. More details and registration. It’s a great opportunity for writers of all genres and levels to be proactive about being productive, to have fun, and of course to meet other writers. Spread the word to friends who might be interested, would you? After all, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” (Mary Heaton Vorse)


Class Registration and Film Reviews

Just a quick reminder for Portland folks that registration is still open (but the cut-off date looms!) for The Attic Institute’s Saturday morning Time to Write writing group, which I’ll be leading. Saturdays, 10am – noon, Jan 18 – Feb 15. Open to all genres and all writers. Details here.

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And, my Film Reviews for 2014 have begun! New format this year, question and answer reviews (totally stolen from Boob Tube Dude TV critic Ryan McGee’s 5 Questions and 500 words TV pilot reviews, because it looked like a really fun form). (Last year’s reviews are archived here.)

From Word to Poem

As I mentioned before, I’m teaching a workshop at the Attic Institute in Portland this summer, June 30-July 28. Here’s little insight into the word-to-poem process, and a sample of some of the kind of fun we’ll have with words in the workshop (for which you can register here — would love to have some of you in class!).

I was flipping through my Dictionary of Contrasting Pairs this morning, because the radio keeps playing a song that says, “The opposite of love’s indifference,” which has me thinking about opposites, traditional and re-defined. And I came across the entry for “austral/septentrional,” which I now know are rareish equivalents of north and south when used adjectivally (so a ‘septentrional state’ is a northern country, an ‘austral wind’ a south wind).

Which is cool, if pretty obscure, but the entry also had this tidbit about Australia: Continue reading “From Word to Poem”

Poetry Workshop This Summer

I am happy to announce that I’ll be teaching a summer poetry workshop at The Attic Institute (on upper Hawthorne in Portland) as one of their Summer Teaching Fellows. The workshop starts the end of June and runs for 5 weeks on Sunday afternoons. I’m really looking forward to it, and plan to have a lot of fun with this workshop.

Made of Words Poetry Workshop:

William Carlos Williams said, “A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.”  A love of words is likely what drew you to poetry in the first place. In this workshop we’ll take words as both subject and inspiration, exploring the possibilities of single words as well as more broadly discussing tone and diction. We’ll do in-class workshopping and discussion, and a whole variety of generative exercises using words as our creative springboard. We’ll talk about personal favorite words and words with social/cultural significance, explore the verbing of nouns and other instances of “messing with language,” take a look at the effect of generic versus specific terms, investigate some etymology, and more.

Registration link and more info here. If you’re in the Portland area, please consider signing up!