Events

Truth to Power: Read & Write Poetry of Change

Self-paced in your own home or travels

Immerse yourself in the poetry of social and personal change through reading the writing of U.S., tribal, and state poets laureate along with historic poets, then responding to innovative writing prompts to create your own poems. You’ll discover worlds of poetry as well as the power of the pen through inspiring essays on the craft and passion of writing powerful poetry, and plenty of videos, podcasts, and links to learn more. Poets include Joy Harjo, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, Walt Whitman, Li-Young Lee, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Blanco, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Luci Tapahonso, Wendell Berry, W.S. Merwin, William Stafford, and more. You can do this class on your own timeline. More here.

Eureka Springs, AR: Words in the Garden Poetry Reading

June 16, 2021 - 4:30pm
Carnegie Library, 188 Spring Street
Eureka Springs, AR

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library are pleased to present “Words from the Garden” every Wednesday at 4:30 pm in the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Garden at 188 Spring Street (south of the Carnegie Library Gardens Building). Come hear me reading on Wed., June 16.

Poetry as Refuge: Online Class

June 25, 2021 - 4:00pm
July 30, 2021 - 6:00pm
Zoom

“I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusion, and traumatic events that come with being alive,” poet Gregory Orr writes. Coming together to write, to find and strengthen our individual and collective voices in the wake of a pandemic and ongoing social change, can help us create a refuge of creativity, courage, and resilience. There we can replenish our inner well and recommit ourselves to our work, art, and community. In this experiential workshop, we’ll write our ways toward shelter from the storms of our time to reconnect with what we love, what we grieve, and how we can make and hold space for one another to see more clearly our deepest callings and most effective actions in this time.

We’ll also share individual approaches, considerations, resources, and questions. Most of all, we’ll use this workshop time to immerse ourselves in poetry—what we write and witness during and beyond the workshop—as a lifelong sanctuary that brings us greater meaning, clarity, and solace.We’ll be drawing from the poetry of Rita Dove, Rafael Campo, Rajiv Mohabir, Rumi, John O’Donohue, Louise Gluck, Naomi Shahib Nye, and Joy Harjo to study and use as writing prompts.

We meet 4-6 p.m. on 6 Fridays in a row, and ample handouts are provided.

This class is offered through the Loft Literary Center

Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors

July 13, 2021 - 3:00pm
July 27, 2021 - 4:30pm
Zoom

Join me for this three-part presentation, drawing from my non-fiction book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fight Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance-the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the challenge of creating a new life in a new land. This class is offered through the Osher Institute of the University of Kansas. Registration is required.

Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

September 19, 2021
September 24, 2021
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Please join Kelley Hunt and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for our annual 6-day retreat to dive into writing, singing, and songwriting, and surface with new work, collaborative creations, a community that supports your artistic development, and a renewed vision of your life. Our 16th annual Brave Voice will be held September 19-24, 2021 in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas with plenty of time and space for you to create, connect, and come home to yourself and your imagination. More at http://bravevoice.com

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