Poetry Palooza Events
The International Women’s Writing Guild is a vibrant creative community that connects soulful women writers across the world—writers from countless backgrounds, interests, and genres. Now, we are delighted to share with you our ambitious new poetry series.
The Guild’s Poetry Palooza is a multiple-month program where you can hone your craft, learn about self-care in writing life, social justice writing, and arm yourself with insider knowledge on the publishing industry. Whether you’re brand new to poetry or a best-selling professional, there is lots to learn with our panel kick-off event and workshops, scheduled alongside free writes and open mics so you can attend them all.
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Jambalaya and Gumbo are essentially mixtures of lots of flavors that compliment each other to make the tastiest meal-- much like the craft od writing. In this workshop, we'll use the Southern writing tradition as an example of how all the best ingredients should work together. Ever had a meal that made you feel like you'd had a spiritual experience? That hit you on a physical and soul level? Well that's what writing should do. Ignite our senses!
In this workshop, Khalisa will guide the class on what we need to make your writing sound, look, and feel like a revival and a soul meal. To stir the spirit, shake the soul, and awaken something that had been dormant.
The recipe: sound, setting, and syntax that reads like scripture. This workshop will cover Southern sounds, the importance of setting, and language/jargon/syntax will look at the Southern writers Paul Lawrence Dunbar, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other writers.
Consider this: A poem is a body of words, not a body of thoughts and feelings. Yes, our thoughts and feelings and experiences may catalyze our poems, but how we choreograph our words, how we make meaning (not what our words say or mean), is what moves a poem from self-expression to literary art. How do we make such poems, textual/subtextual bodies that enact and transform experience (rather than report or describe it) so that discovery or rediscovery is possible for both writer and reader?
Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs (BARK & BARD) and pairs poems with craft beers (MASH), craft spirits (DISTILL), and coffee (PO-JOE).
Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet, educator, and journalist in Durham, NC. She is the author of the debut poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021), and Contributing Writer for Kindred. Her essays are featured in Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, as well as articles in Jezebel, Blavity, B*tch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Southern Humanities Review, Gravy, Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. She is the winner of the Appy Award, Vulgar Genius, Bright Wings Poetry contest, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, among other prizes. As a former Winter Tangerine, Frost Place and Watering Hole fellow, she is currently the EIC of Think in Ink BIPOC collective and the Writers of Color Speak/"Uncomposed" reading series. Her YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden, is forthcoming.
A sense-of-place writing workshop to address place in a world of historical amnesia, diaspora, flight, trauma that knocks us out of place, gentrification; place as investment property, as profit. The poisoning of the sacred. Climate catastrophe.
All this with a deeper dive into craft than conventional approaches—ways of working with craft that liberate and focus our writing, that work with a specificity that goes beyond having “lotsa details”. A deep dive into craft that helps make place in writing for you, your experience. And, of course, time for generative writing explorations—
And, oh, we will write.
ANYA ACHTENBERG SEFARA-RABI is an award-winning fiction writer and poet whose publications include the novel Blue Earth; novella The Stories of Devil-Girl; poetry collections The Stone of Language, and, I Know What the Small Girl Knew. Individual pieces are published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Gargoyle Magazine; Harvard Review; DC’s Beltway Poetry Quarterly; Tupelo Quarterly; Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion; Malpais Review; and Poet Lore. Writing awards and distinctions have come from Southern Poetry Review; Another Chicago Magazine;Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story; New Letters; the Raymond Carver Story Contest; the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. Her novel History Artist, multivocal and genre-bending,with an ensemble cast of characters centered around a young Cambodian woman born at the moment the U.S. invasion began, is 5 minutes away from completion in novelist time;and, close, too, is a poetry and unprose collection, Matadors at the Crossing. Her occasional blog Writing in Upheaval explores Anya’s organic approach to writing craft that expands creativity; counters historical amnesia; and examines how trauma and narration connect, and how history sits in us. Anya teaches two series of fiction, memoir, and multi-genre creative writing courses, Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; and, The Disobedient Writer Workshops; consults with writers of fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, in English and in Spanish; and is blown away by the brilliant, original, diverse and urgent work of engaged writers, women and others, who have found their way to her, and to each other. See https://anya-achtenberg.com/
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