Sandra Devan Harness is teaching at a weekend retreat at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Participants will enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and restorative time in addition to the class. Accommodations and meals are included in the retreat price. More information can be found at www.heartjcenter.org/2020-programs.
Prose poetry is poetry written in prose form instead of verse form, while preserving poetic qualities such as heightened imagery, parataxis, and emotional effects.
Local author and NCW member, Linnea Tanner will be celebrating the release of the latest installment in her Curse of Clansmen and Kings series, Amulet’s Rapture. Linnea will be at Firehouse Books signing books and talking to fans. This event is free and open to the public.
Maria Berardi's work has appeared in local and national magazines as well as at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, in Arvada, CO, in collaboration with installation artist Bonnie Ferrill Roman. Her first collection, Cassandra Gifts, was published in 2013 by Turkey Buzzard Press, and she is currently at work on her second (a chapbook, or perhaps not, entitled Pagan.) Educated at Hampshire College, the University of Colorado-Denver, Naropa University, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop, she lives in Bailey at precisely 8,888 feet above sea level. Her process is one of listening for transmissions from the cosmic radio and trying to catch them on paper before they dissipate: the glimpse, the complicated knowledge.
Amy Wray Irish grew up in the Chicago area, then fled the Midwest for the Rocky Mountains. Here she can freely be in love with the natural world, entangled with art, and obsessed with mythology. Amy is a member of Lighthouse Writers and the Columbine Poets; has been published both online and in print journals; and especially enjoys performing at venues around Denver. Her two books of poetry are Creation Stories (2016) and The Nature of the Mother (now available from Turkey Buzzard Press). Learn more at amywrayirish.com.
For more information about these two talented writers, check out the attached pdf flyer and check out our website @ https://www.madblood.org
Come and enjoy January’s Final Friday, 31Jan2020, 7 – 9 PM.
For nearly two years now, Mad Blood’s venue has been at Evergreen’s United Methodist Church, with scheduled presentations for each month’s last Friday, starting at 7PM. We normally have two featured presenters/performers for 30 - 40 minutes each and then have open mic readings of 3 - 5 minutes each, by members of the audience. Most scheduled presenters will feature poetry, but there also will be flash fiction, short plays, memoirs, etc. And sometimes, there will be gigs by local musicians.
In any case, there will be time on these Final Fridays for open mic, so writers not on the docket should feel free to bring and read their best work or maybe just work that they want to get out there for presentation and response.
Here are the directions to the Mad Blood venue:
The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
3757 S. Ponderosa Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
303 674 4810
Directions coming from I70: Take Evergreen Parkway CO 74 S at I70 Exit 252, Follow CO 74 for about 6 miles to stoplight at Bryant Dr. (Walgreens is on the NE corner.) Turn left and then immediately turn right onto Evergreen Parkway Access Road. Continue southeast on Access Road for 2 blocks to slight left on Ponderosa Drive, then about a block on Ponderosa Drive to the church parking lot on the right.
What does it mean to "encounter" a poet?*
Join Loveland's Poet Laureate, Veronica Patterson, for an interactive talk on contemporary poet Ross Gay -- an African-American poet, gardener, and author of the award-winning collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.
*Encounter = to hear that poet's voice in their words, to see how the poems are developed, and to enter the vision that the poems offer.
This is a new series of encounters offered by the Poet Laureate Program that will explore what each poet brings into our lives and our world, through talks on poets both past and present. Watch for announcements of future encounters at the Loveland Public Library. The program is free and open to the community.
Old Firehouse Books invites writers of all skill levels and ages to participate in our monthly DimeStories event! Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at The Forge Publick House to enjoy 3-minute stories read by the author. Sign up begins at 6:30pm and readings begin at 7:00pm.
DimeStories are 3-minute stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny, they’re heart-wrenching. Fictional or factual, they’re always true. Founded by novelist Amy Wallen, DimeStories is now managed by Jennifer Simpson, a writer living in Albuquerque. Jennifer and the entire dime-sized staff run on 100% volunteer power.
DimeStories events take place every second Wednesday at The Forge.
The poems have been written in response to 30 powerful pieces of visual art from across the country on display for the Vote: A Centennial Celebration of women’s suffrage. The “red shawl” refers to the shawl that Susan B. Anthony wore; it became a symbol of her leadership as she wore it to legislative sessions and suffrage conventions.
Free and open to the public.
Join author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, a reading and book signing!
Dear friends and readers, after two-and-a-half years of creation I'm delighted and honored to invite you to the launch of my book, Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against The Odds!
About the book:
Maybe you can't be ANYthing, but you can be something.
You can do anything you set your mind to! Just be happy! Remember, someone else has it worse than you. UGH! This type of advice isn't always helpful. When you've experienced real hardship in life, positive thinking will only get you so far. Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against the Odds goes beyond adjusting your mindset to give you inspiration and tools to actually improve your life!
Beautiful Badass: How to Believe in Yourself Against the Odds shares heartfelt stories and lessons of overcoming trauma, poverty, and depression in this guide for women who want to take command of their destinies and no longer fall prey to the hardships and setbacks that previously defined them.
"I am tired of books that overload me with stuff I 'should be doing'. Beautiful Badass is the opposite, it says 'hey girl, you are doing it right. Just keep going, we are in this together, let me help guide you.'" -Candace Leczel
Join local author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, and Chrysta will read from her book, followed by a book signing.
Pre-order the book today and get a free advance download, a sticker pack, and more surprises!
Award-winning memoirist Susan Devan Harness will be teaching classes at Sylvan Dale Ranch. In addition to Susan's instruction, participants will also enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and restorative time. Accommodations and meals are included in the retreat price. More information can be found at www.heartjcenter.org/2020-programs
Sign-up for a 4-hour intensive workshop on the topic of your choice.
Dream Author / taught by Sophie Hannah
Story Trumps Structure / taught by Steven James
Building Your Business as a Writer / taught by Jason Brick
The Ins and Outs of Editing / taught by Bonnie McKnight
15-minute agent/editor consults
In the past, attendees had 5 minutes to pitch their completed manuscripts. Having only a few short minutes to pitch a project to an agent or editor often proved incredibly stressful, plus, many attendees want to discuss other aspects of writing and publishing, so we came up with 15-minute consults. Pitch your finished manuscript, or talk about a project you've started, or ask about the publishing industry; you decide how to use your ten minutes! Each agent or editor will have a limited number of slots available. Attendees can sign up ahead of time (limit 2). If there are slots open as we near the conference, we'll open it up to allow attendees to purchase additional consults for $15 each. There will be a time keeper moderating the session, but it is extremely important that both the writers and the agent/editor are mindful of not going over the allotted time.
1-hour critique roundtables
Each roundtable will be limited to 10 participants.
30-minute consultations with a writing or editing expert
Writing Consultations with Rey Frey and Teresa Funke
Editing Consultations with Rachel Weaver
The 15th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference is on the books for April 30-May 2, 2020. We're thrilled to announce that Sophie Hannah and Teresa Funke will be joining us as this year's keynote speakers. As always, we're bringing you a stellar faculty with expertise in craft, process, business, marketing and more. We're also expanding our schedule by half a day to bring you 4-hour master classes in addition to two full days of sessions and workshops that will get your creative juices flowing.
Things to look for at this year's conference:
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