Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    7:00–8:00 PM (Eastern) / 4:00–5:00 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE even if you may not be able to attend "live," so that you can receive the webinar recording.

    Marisa Moks-Unger will be interviewed by Suzi Banks Baum about The Picture This Anthology: Poems from Pop Art, Fine Art, and Photography, the capstone of the Picture This: Residents Respond by Writing project, Marisa's vision as Erie County Poet Laureate to make poetry available to each of the quarter-million residents of her community, ultimately to create a climate of tolerance, engagement, and acceptance after the divisive 2016 presidential election.

    Marisa Moks-Unger is a poet, editor, flash-fiction writer, workshop leader, and inspirational speaker. Her topics range from green living to social injustice to education. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Mud and Stars (Nightballet Press, 2015), which was born in a four-story walk-up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has been published in Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma (Nirala Publications, 2017) and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (Anchala Studios, 2018). Marisa is the fifth Erie County Poet Laureate (Erie, PA), where she facilitated the Picture This: Residents Respond by Writing Project and its literary culmination, The Picture This Anthology: Poems from Pop Art, Fine Art, and Photography (We Write It Right, 2018). 

    www.wewriteitright.com

    Suzi Banks Baum is a writer, artist, actress, teacher, community organizer, and mom. With roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Suzi uses the written word, hand-bound books, and photographs to say what she means. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice (Laundry Line Divine, 2013), celebrates the writing of women artists. Deeply curious about the thresholds we cross into creative practice, she writes personal narrative with an ear for transformation though engagement with the ordinary. Suzi has an ongoing artist residency in Gyumri, Armenia, where she leads an art and writing workshop called New Illuminations, while also interviewing Armenian women artists about their daily lives. She inspires us to live from the space of creative spirit and to value our contributions to the world and one another through workshops steeped in book arts, ritual, and writing. Suzi’s work has been published in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (Anchala Studios, 2018) and Writing Fire: An Anthology Celebrating the Power of Women’s Words (Green Fire Press, 2017). 

    www.suzibanksbaum.com

    • Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE Members-only discussion!  

    7:00–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:00–5:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE (NOTE: You do not need to commit to all book-club sessions to participate.)

    In our debut hybrid-lit book-club gathering, facilitated by Marj Hahne, we'll discuss Julie Marie Wade's Small Fires, a memoir in essays. Julie will join our discussion after the first half hour.

    Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Bywater Books, 2014; Colgate University Press, 2010), winner of the Colgate University Press Nonfiction Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir; Without: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010), selected for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series; Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature; Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series; Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Books, 2013), selected by Bernard Cooper as the winner of the Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize; When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), selected for the  American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List; Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016); SIX: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2016), selected by C.D. Wright as the winner of the AROHO/To the Lighthouse Prize in Poetry; and Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2018). Forthcoming in 2019 is her first co-authored collection with Denise Duhamel, The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press). 

    www.juliemariewade.net

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Small Fires!

    • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE Members-only discussion!  

    6:00–7:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:00–4:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE (NOTE: You do not need to commit to all book-club sessions to participate.)

    In our debut poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at the first half of The Best American Poetry 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey: the foreword, introduction, and first 37 poems, through page 76. To inform the poems, you may also wish to read the Contributors' Notes and Comments on pages 171–196. (We will discuss the rest of this book in our second session, on December 2.)

    In his introduction, Lehman asks, “What qualifies as literature?” We will explore this idea as well as consider Trethewey’s comment that “poetry helped [her] contend with the reality of the world.” Come prepared to informally discuss the poems and their resonance for you: what you loved or hated or wondered about, what stuck with you for whatever reason. Let’s have fun and keep in mind what poet Lucille Clifton articulates so beautifully: “[T]he first poets didn’t come out of a classroom . . . poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.‘ That was the first poem.” 

    www.lisachristinastjohn.com

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Best American Poetry 2017!

    • Sunday, December 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE Members-only discussion!  

    6:00–7:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:00–4:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE (NOTE: You do not need to commit to all book-club sessions to participate.)

    In our second poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at the second half of The Best American Poetry 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey: pages 77-170. To inform the poems, you may also wish to read the Contributors' Notes and Comments on pages 196–218.

    In his introduction, Lehman asks, “What qualifies as literature?” We will explore this idea as well as consider Trethewey’s comment that “poetry helped [her] contend with the reality of the world.” Come prepared to informally discuss the poems and their resonance for you: what you loved or hated or wondered about, what stuck with you for whatever reason. Let’s have fun and keep in mind what poet Lucille Clifton articulates so beautifully: “[T]he first poets didn’t come out of a classroom . . . poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.‘ That was the first poem.” 

    www.lisachristinastjohn.com

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Best American Poetry 2017!

Past events

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Sherri L. Smith
Sunday, August 26, 2018 Submission Panel: How to Get Your Words Out Into the World: Part 1: Literary Journals
Friday, July 06, 2018 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2018: Connect, Create, Collaborate
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Book-Club Showcase with Marj Hahne (Hybrid Lit) and Lisa St. John (Poetry)
Thursday, June 07, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with traci kato-kiriyama
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Julie Maloney
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Conversate: Roxana Robinson's "The Right to Write," with Katey Schultz
Sunday, May 06, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, May 06, 2018 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2018 Preview
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Writing the Zeitgeist with Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Unlocking Narration: The Power of Your Narrator's Personality and Point-of-View , with Anya Achtenberg
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Susan Tiberghien
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Spring Big Apple 2018: Women, Creativity & Craft: Write, Pitch, Publish!
Sunday, April 08, 2018 Beyond the Margins: The Power of Memory and the Stamina of Women’s Words to Change Ourselves and the World: 4-Week Webinar with June Gould
Sunday, March 11, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, March 11, 2018 How to Tap Into the Writer's Life, with June Gould
Thursday, March 01, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Cathleen O'Connor and Anne Anthony
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 First Pages: Seduce Your Readers from the Beginning (Including Agents & Editors), with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Yun Wei: On Poetry, Politics, and the Promise of Change
Monday, February 05, 2018 Conversate: John Edgar Wideman's "Writing Teacher," with Lisa Freedman
Saturday, January 27, 2018 4th Annual California Dreaming
Sunday, January 21, 2018 Navigating the Path to Publication: 4-Week Webinar with Jan Phillips
Thursday, January 11, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Patricia Bell-Scott
Sunday, December 10, 2017 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Yin & Yang of the Writer’s Life: Finding Balance Between the Spiritual & the Material, with Jan Phillips
Saturday, November 04, 2017 All Voices Open Mic
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Memoirists and the Hazards & Rewards of Revealing Family Members, with Maureen Murdock
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Digital Village Open House
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Niagara Creative Writing Conference
Thursday, October 05, 2017 LEARN to ZOOM Tea Party with Kelly, Marj, & Dixie
Friday, July 07, 2017 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, May 06, 2017 2nd Annual Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Spring Big Apple 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 California Dreaming 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Florida Fling 2017
Saturday, November 05, 2016 Flagship City Creative Writing and Poetry Conference
Friday, July 15, 2016 39th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Boston "Writing From Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 16, 2016 Spring Big Apple 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016 2nd Annual California Dreaming
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Florida in February Sunday Salon
Friday, July 24, 2015 38th Annual Summer Conference
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Spring Big Apple 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015 California Dreaming: West Coast Regional Conference