Encouragement and Inspiration
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All Meetings will be held at 1840 Lorraine Road, Reading, PA 19604. Networking and conversation at 12:45, workshop begins promptly at 1:00 pm. Just come in.
September 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm
In addition to discussing my path to publication and the large role persistence played in getting me there, I will discuss why persistence is the most important trait a writer needs in their toolkit, and six steps to help any writer increase theirs. There will also be a writing exercise related to implementing the steps we've discussed.
Lisa is the author of The Persistence of Vision, a historical novel set in 1908 that explores how the motivations and decisions of one struggling family set in motion a chain of events that will lead to a disastrous theater fire.
She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, and enjoys exploring historic houses and sites for inspiration. She grew up near Boyertown, the site of the Rhodes Opera House Fire in 1908, which partly inspired this novel.
December 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm
The "Emotion Through Imagery" workshop fosters creative fluidity and aims to help poets find potent descriptions, use precise language and craft visual poetry that teleport readers
Anthony Orozco is a 30-year-old bilingual, bicultural journalist, poet, and performer who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, for the past six years. He hosts a free monthly workshop at community arts group Barrio Alegria in Reading and supports local poetry throughout the region with his performances and patronage. His poetry explores his revolving obsessions of rhythm, the mechanics of language, our relationships to one another and the mysteries of spirituality. A portion of his work emphasizes listening as much as reading and his recitations are performance-driven exhibitions in the spoken word.
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We will explore the now-rare practice of letter writing as a springboard to poetry. This exercise combines the strategy of direct address— Dear You—with prose style in poetic form. We will explore the emotionally charged contexts of loss, absence, rant, plea, apology, and manifesto. Springing from Emily Dickinson's "This is my letter to the World" (Poem 441), the unanswerable letter can be written as a poem addressed to a real or imagined person, or, as in Dickinson's example, to the world itself. Vortex Street contains two of these poems: "Letter My Father Never Sent Me" and "Letter My Grandmother Never Sent Me." Although it is not necessary, you are welcome to bring one or more old letters for interrogation and inspiration.
Heather H. Thomas is the author of Vortex Street and three other full-length poetry collections. Her honors include a Rita Dove Poetry Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a term as Berks County Poet Laureate. For Heather, poetry is a practice of interrogation of self and world, tracking a path to discovery and healing. In her new book Vortex Street, life is subject to forces disrupting the flow—from the Schuylkill River to Aleppo, Syria. The poems contend with turbulence, loss, and renewal both personal and political. She was Professor of English and Professional Writing at Kutztown University for 25 years and currently teaches creative writing at Cedar Crest College and in community and private workshops. Heather earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Temple University.
In 2018, I spend five months on a cruise, to travel around the world! We went from LA to LA. Most of our stops were in the Southern Hemisphere.
My professional background is retired teacher for Governor Mifflin Senior High where I taught Health for 29 years. During my teaching years, my husband and I traveled extensively. We visited all 50 States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. After that, we traveled to several South American Countries, the Amazon, and Devil’s Island. Through it all, I kept log books detailing our adventures. In 2017 we went on a five month long cruise which left from Los Angelus and included Hawaii, the South Sea Island, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and back to Los Angelus.