We had a great time at the Gaithersburg Book Festival this year! So proud of the teens from the Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, which I co-mentor, for their flawless introduction of authors Meg Medina and Christine Kendall.
Lucinda Marshall and Robin Stevens Payes, photo by Pam Schipper
The creative writing workshop that I led with Robin Stevens Payes and Neal P. Gillen, who also mentor MWA teen writing clubs, was fantastic. We had good attendance and the kids responded with great enthusiasm to the prompts that we gave them. Many thanks to Pam Schipper from the Town Courier for featuring our workshop in her coverage of GBF!
Please join poets Gregory Luce, Katherine E. Young, Leeya Mehta, Serena Agusto-Cox, Donald Illich and myself for a Poetry Reading and Open Mic at Chesapeake Framing and Art Gallery in Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg, MD–June 11, 3-5 pm.
Many thanks to Ground Fresh Thursday for including two of my poems, A Contemplation of Succulence in Sonora, and End/Beginning, in the latest issue of their print journal.
Many thanks to Indolent Books for publishing my poem, Beautiful Children as part of their What Rough Beasts series. The poem was written in response to our fearless leader’s statement that he bombed Syria because of the alleged chemical weapons attacks on “beautiful children”. If saving beautiful children is our litmus test for bombing attacks, we might want to start at home. Read the poem.
I am delighted to be offering a Creative Writing For Teens workshop at the 2017 Gaithersburg (MD) Book Festival: May 20 from 4:00-5:00 at the Children’s Village Workshop Tent:
Using participatory writing prompts, teen writers will have an opportunity to experience and learn more about how workshopping techniques can assist them in their creative writing. They will have a chance to share their work and get feedback as time allows. They will receive information about MWA’s teen writing clubs which are offered without cost at libraries throughout the state as well as other resources to further their writing.
The workshop is free and open to all teens and a great chance to find out more about the ongoing MWA teen writing clubs and the experience of being a writer.
In the midst of this national crisis of fake news, disinformation and pathological lies, it is an honor to have my poem, Just The Facts, published by The Turnip Truck(s) Writers Resist series. This poem was first read at the Arlington, VA Writers Resist reading. In this rather dark poem, brevity speaks to our processing of the bombardment of ‘information’ that we endure on a daily basis.
In a comment on their Facebook page, the editor describes the poem saying that it “cleverly reflects our unsettling, distorted political reality”. That certainly is what I intended.
Many thanks to Indolent Books for including my poem, The Breakdown Of All Things, in their What Rough Beast series.
The poem begins,
Priests of old gods tell us
that we need a moral compass,
You can read the rest of it here.
Thanks to GFT Press for including two of my poems, Furies On An Airless Night, and Tea Drinking Before Eulogy in the first Ground Fresh Thursday of the year. 2 additional poems will appear in their spring print addition, stay tuned.
The Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, which I co-facilitate, begins its 3rd year this week. We’ve done so many great projects in the first 2 years, and we have many more planned for this year! Thanks to Laura Sarantis for this great new flyer:
Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the reading at the Writer’s Center despite the icy weather! It was a great afternoon and it was fun to see so many friendly faces!
Many thanks to my son for taking this great picture.