The Playwrights Foundation- The 40th Bay Area Playwrights Festival Line-up

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Rrichest poetry prizes in the world is open for only a few weeks more- THE 2017 UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA VICE-CHANCELLOR’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

Richest poetry prizes in the world is open for only a few weeks more-

THE 2017 UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA VICE-CHANCELLOR’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

Now in its fourth year, the prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination. Prize entries may be submitted until 30 June 2017.

 

PRIZES AND DETAILS

Head Judge: Billy Collins

The winner will receive AUD$15,000.

The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000.

All poems entered for the prize must be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines.

Each entry of a poem costs AUD$20.

 

http://www.canberra.edu.au/abo ut-uc/competitions-and-awards/ vcpoetryprize

 

Previous winners

2016 Michael Lavers – ‘Your father at fourteen’

2015 Elisabeth Murawski – ‘Iconic Photo: Lee Miller in Munich, April, 1945’

2014 David Adès – ‘Dazzled’

 

Kind regards

Monica

 

Dr Monica Carroll

VC International Poetry Prize Administrator

Centre for Creative and Cultural Research

20C15 | Faculty of Arts and Design | University of Canberra | Bruce ACT 2617 | AUSTRALIA

vcpoetryprize@canberra.edu.au 

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University of Arizona Poetry Center- Check out our exciting summer calendar 2017

Check out our exciting summer calendar.
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Summer Events

Selections from the Permanent Collection: Unique Editions: June 5 – Aug. 11 / A unique edition is a one-of-kind book (produced in an “edition of one”); these rare volumes form a small but treasured part of the Poetry Center’s library holdings.

Composing Poetry: Two Poetry-Inspired Pieces For The French Horn: June 7, Wednesday at 5:30 PM / We will explore connections between poetry and music with Johanna Lundy, the principal horn of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Johanna will perform two brand new pieces for solo horn, inspired by poetry and commissioned from local Tucson composers Dan Coleman and Jay Vosk, who will speak. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Copper Room at Hotel Congress.

Breezeway Screening of Paterson: June 14, Wednesday at 7:30 PM / Join us for a free screening in the Poetry Center Breezeway using the Loft Cinema’s inflatable screen! The film focuses on the relationship between Paterson, a regimented poet, and his wife Laura,  who embraces change. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Co-presented with The Loft Cinema, who will provide complimentary popcorn. This event is free and open to the public.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Langston Hughes: June 17, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Breezeway Screening of Kid-Friendly Short Films: July 12, Wednesday at 7:30 PM / Join us for a free screening in the Poetry Center Breezeway using the Loft Cinema’s inflatable screen!  Co-presented with The Loft Cinema, who will provide complimentary popcorn. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Reading: Noah Baldino & Valerie Hsiung: July 27, Thursday at 7:30 PM / 2017 UA Poetry Center Summer Resident Noah Baldino will read from their work alongside writer Valerie Hsiung. To be followed by a Q&A.

Screening of Welcome to this House: Aug. 9, Wednesday at 5:30Welcome To This House is iconic director Barbara Hammer’s feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Haiku and Other Japanese Poetry: Aug. 19, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Screening of A Late Style of Fire: Aug. 23, Wednesday at 5:30 / Director Michele Poulos’ feature documentary on the life of poet Larry Levis.  The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- May 21, 2017 ForumThelma Rea Presents Do You Like to Laugh?

The Society of Southwestern Authors
 Forum
May 21st,2017
At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Tucson
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.
 Thelma Rea
Presents
Do You Like to Laugh?
 Thelma presents her own answer to a life do-over with humor and a bit of snark as she discusses her memoir humor A review of this appeared in the Phoenix City Sun-Times. She and her husband purchased 9 run-down cottages in the Ozarks of Missouri for their life changing adventure-and survived. How she then turned this into her published memoir.
Forum Reservations: RSVP
 Phone# 520-444-8253 leave a message for Mary Ann Carman
(SSA’s new Secretary)
by Wednesday May 17th, 2017
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door
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National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO) Tucson Unit-a reading and open mic on Monday, May 15, 2017

 

National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO) Tucson Unit-a reading and open mic on Monday, May 15, 2017
The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, May 15, starting at 6:00 p.m. at 877 S. Alvernon Way. This month Jeanne Burrows-Johnson will be the featured reader. Jeanne will share some thoughts on the theme of “The Author Recycles: New Creations from Old Work.”  Drawing from her background in business, education, and the performing arts, Jeanne will examine how elements of a writer’s fiction and non-fiction can be reshaped into new material for publication via print, Internet, and broadcast venues.  She is the author of Prospect For Murder, the first title in a mystery series featuring the rich environs and multi-cultural history of Hawai`i. Jeanne is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi and a member of:  Phi Beta Kapa, Phi Alpha Theta, The National Writers Union, Sisters in Crime, and Arizona Mystery Writers.

This will be followed by an open mic that is for spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!

The event will be held in our temporary location, the AFSCME/SEIU Union Hall at 877 S. Alvernon Way in Tucson. The building is on the east side of the street (opposite the Randolph Park golf range) and is a couple of blocks north of 22nd Street. There is ample parking. The room is on the first floor and we will have signs up to point the way.

National Writers Union
(UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO)
Tucson Unit
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The Writers Studio @ 30-Five Pieces of Writing Advice From Philip Schultz

We all write for the same reason: to reveal what lies hidden in ourselves, to uncover truths that we would otherwise be too self-conscious to unearth.
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From Lit Hub, May 3, 2017

Five Pieces of Writing Advice From Philip Schultz

Beware The Shitbird
By Emily Temple

In 1987, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz founded the Writers Studio, which grew from a casual workshop in a West Village living room to an established school with four locations, online programs, a reading series, and a nonprofit branch that gives students free access to writing workshops. Last Saturday, May 6th, the Writers Studio celebrated its 30th anniversary and the release of the anthology The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions)—which contains work by current and former faculty and students, as well as Writers Studio Advisory Board members including Jennifer Egan, Robert Pinsky, and Edward Hirsch—at an event at the Strand’s Rare Book Room.

Schultz himself is a longtime teacher—in addition to the Writers Studio, he also founded and directed NYU’s graduate program in creative writing—and so, in advance of this weekend’s celebration, we asked him to share some of his valuable insights on writing with us.

From Philip Schultz:

1. Aim high


Tell yourself your life depends on what you might write that day. That a great truth lies beneath the surface, just within reach, waiting for you to find the courage to discover it. Hemingway got himself to write each morning by reminding himself that he’d always written before and would now; all he had to do was “write one true sentence,” the truest sentence that he knew. The truth, after all, is what readers most want to hear; a truth that only you can tell, that is personal, peculiar to you. Because it’s theirs, too.

2. Escape the Shitbird

At the Writers Studio, the school I started some thirty years ago, we have a name for the negative force that makes writing so hard: the Shitbird. It’s a black bird that perches on our shoulders, whispering perverse, ugly things designed to stop us from finding the truth. Its purpose is to cleanse us of all our desires and dreams, to censure how we really feel. It tells us we’re not smart or gifted enough to say anything of value. It feeds our fears and undermines our confidence, tells us we can’t possibly stay cooped up in a room alone, that under no circumstance can we render ourselves vulnerable to others by revealing who we really are through our writing.

The Shitbird’s main weapon is invisibility. It can’t sell us its negative theology if we recognize who’s speaking. When we hear ourselves being negative, fearful and doubtful of our abilities, we can be sure it’s there, behind the curtain, saying things like I don’t know what this story is about, or Even if I knew, I probably wouldn’t be able to write something like this. Once we teach ourselves to recognize the voice of the Shitbird, we can ask ourselves out loud what we’re so afraid of in this material, what exactly feels so shameful. Surprisingly, more often than not, we know. And knowing will allow us to think about good things like form, structure and music, which will then allow us to move forward and write. The Shitbird works undercover, in a fog; the last thing it wants us to do is see it in a bright conscious light.

3. Try writing from someone else’s perspective

The method we teach at the Writers Studio is persona writing: using another writer’s narrator or personality to tell our stories. It’s a technique that allows us to look at our stories through the prism of an invented speaker who doesn’t suffer from our fears and inhibitions, who’s, say, more ironic, or funnier, or crazier than we are, and to whom we can therefore give permission to say what we can’t ourselves. A thirty-year-old J.D. Salinger used a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield to dig up old buried feelings we all identified with; a fifty-year-old Mark Twain pretended to be young Huck Finn to recreate the lost world of his youth. Men write from the point of view of women, women from the point of view of men, all for the same reason: to reveal what lies hidden in themselves, to uncover truths that they would otherwise be too self-conscious to unearth.

4. Don’t be afraid to switch genres

I wanted to write fiction but discovered the brevity and depth of poetry allowed me to develop further as a writer. The poetic persona suits me better than the fictional one. At our school poets discover they’re really fiction writers and vice versa all the time. The right technique gives us permission to be wrong, and bad, and unfair, things we perhaps always longed to be; it allows us to be ourselves, irrevocably.

5. Become both ventriloquist and dummy

It helps to distance yourself from your characters’ anxieties so you can look at them more objectively. A good way of doing this is to imagine your story being played out on a stage, with your narrator, first person or third, directing all the characters. You can do this with a poem by turning it into a scene in which your narrator describes his or her feelings about what’s taking place. I once wrote a poem about fathers standing in the cold waiting to get a popular electronic game for their sons. In speaking about others, the narrator was free to reveal his own fears and vulnerabilities about fatherhood in a way I hadn’t been able to previously.

The ventriloquist isn’t responsible for what the dummy says; he isn’t really speaking, after all. By pretending to be a ventriloquist, we underscore the difference between ourselves and our characters. We might even be horrified by what they do and say.

As for the dummy: imagine your story being told by a favorite writer. Imagine how he or she might go about describing your most intimate fears and desires. Find the pleasure in the telling, the imagining. Objectify yourself to the point of casual indifference. Surprise yourself by what you hear yourself saying. Is this really the story you intended? It seems so strange suddenly, so unfamiliar. Try to amaze yourself with your own imagination.

$30 Discount To Celebrate 30 Years

Early Bird Discount for early registration.

Take $30 off any Summer Workshop.

Discount must be taken at time of registration, Online or by phone 1 (212) 255-7075. Offer may not be combined with any other discount.
Valid while supplies last. Expires 6/2/17.

Summer Schedule

Online Level I starts
June 5 Details and registration here
July 1 Details and registration here
July 25 Details and registration here

Online Advanced Poetry starts
June 1 Details and registration here

NYC Level I starts
June 21 Details and registration here
July 10 Details and registration here

NYC Advanced Poetry starts
June 5. Details and registration here

Hudson Valley Workshop starts
June 20. Details and registration here

Tucson Workshop starts
June 29 Details and registration here
July 1 Details and registration here

San Franciso Workshop starts
June 14 Details and registration here
June 17 Details and registration here

Take $30 off any Summer Workshop.
Discount must be taken at time of registration, Online or by phone 1 (212) 255-7075. Offer may not be combined with any other discount.
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