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September at MWAA: The Energy of Poetry with Grace Cavalieri

NOTE: The September 21st meeting will be held in Room 308 of the Maryland Hall.

As the host of radio’s “The Poet and the Poem” for the last 39 years, poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri has the distinction of having interviewed the  largest number of sitting poets laureate. MWA Annapolis is proud to host Grace for a poetry workshop at the September 21st meeting. She describes the workshop this way:

The poem asks for intuition, sensuality, thinking, and feeling. But this is not on our minds when we write. We only wish to recall a moment in time where someone is the hero of his/her own story. Who are the characters worth writing about in our lives? We’ll see them in detail before entering the poem: where they’re going, what they want. Your poem will catch them in a tiny moment of this journey. In this workshop, we’ll try samples of the poem through circumstance and story. Discover the elements of poetry. In this session you’ll see that YOU ARE WRITING POETRY. And together, we will find the energy that allows this magnificent journey.

Be sure to bring your laptop, tablet, or pen and paper!

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano Adobe RGB converted to sRGB.

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano.

About the Speaker: Grace Cavalieri’s new book is WITH (Somondoco Press 2016.) She’s the author of several books and produced plays, the most recent of which is, “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.” (Theatre for the New City, NYC 2012.) She celebrates 39 years on public radio with “The Poet and The Poem” now recorded at The Library of Congress. Grace’s career includes a co-founder of WPFW-FM; after that, Associate Director for Children’s Programming, PBS; and then a Senior Media Program Officer, NEH. She’s the founder of two poetry presses in DC, still thriving, and is presently the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Grace was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Independent Review, and has also received the George Garrett Award from AWP for Service to Literature, the Allen Ginsberg, Paterson Award, Bordighera, and Columbia Poetry Awards, a Pen Fiction Award, and CPB’s Silver Medal.

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This and all meetings are open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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video of Tom Glenn’s talk “Writing No-Accounts”

Tom gave a wonderful talk. Here are the videos, in 2 parts:

part 1:

part 2:

Here is a shot taken from that night:
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September 2014 meeting with Tom Glenn

Local writer Tom Glenn will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on September 17th, at 6:30pm. The title of his talk is “Writing No-accounts”, about his latest novel and readings from it. Published by Apprentice House in March, 2014, the book recounts in fiction the grueling work of helping AIDS victims at the beginning of the epidemic in the mid-1980s. Glenn, who is straight, worked with seven patients—all gay, all died. “My job,” Glenn says, “was not to judge. My job was to help men die.”
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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. Glenn’s fiction has dealt largely with Vietnam where he spent the better part of thirteen years as an undercover intelligence operative. His best-known work is his Vietnam novel-in- stories, Friendly Casualties, published in 2012. The Baltimore Post-Examiner printed his story of the fall of Saigon and his role in it as a three-installment article in August and September 2013. He is also a reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books where he specializes in books on war and Vietnam. For more about Tom, see his website tom-tells-tales.org.

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video from Sarah Pinsker talk

Part 1:

Part 2:

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Annapolis MWA September Meeting With Maryland writer Sarah Pinsker

Local author and musician Sarah Pinsker has agreed to speak at the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association on Wednesday September 18, 2013. Her talk is entitled “What Being a Touring Musician Taught Me About Writing & Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Literary Fiction”.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

Sarah Pinsker

As a musician, Sarah writes songs about the people who have slipped through the cracks: graffiti artists, sideshow stars, and others who lurk around the dark borders of dreams. Her albums, released on various indie labels, are available on iTunes and CDBaby. Live videos of her performances are available on youtube under her name and her band’s name, the Stalking Horses.

Sarah’s novel “Pilot Program” won the Gold Award in the 2012 MWA Novel contest (Sci-Fi category). , and her story “Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You” was voted Daily Science Fiction’s top story of 2012. She has stories forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Fireside, and Electric Spec, among other publications. For more information on the her work, see her website sarahpinsker.com.

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Videos of Jim Heimberg’s talk in September 2012

Annapolis area writer and Maryland Writers’ Association President Jim Heimberg spoke at the MWA – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday September 19, 2012. His talk was on “The Craft of Writing and the Future of the MWA.”

This first part is on The Craft of Writing.

This second part is on the future of the MWA.

See https://annapolismwa.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/jim-heimberg-will-be-the-september-2012-speaker/ for more details on his talk at the MWA Annapolis chapter.

Jim Heimberg’s talk at the Annapolis MWA

Jim Heimberg (MWA President, Paul Lagasse (MWA Vice President), Rolf Renner (MWA Annapolis chapter President)

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Jim Heimberg will be the September 2012 speaker

Annapolis area writer and MWA President Jim Heimberg has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday September 19, 2012. His talk will be on “The Craft of Writing and the Future of the MWA.”

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: https://annapolismwa.wordpress.com/ and http://www.marylandwriters.org.

Filed under: fiction writing, MWA, non-fiction writing, press release, september speaker

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