Readings & Workshops Blog

David Mills’ Poetic Arithmetic, Kooky Koans, and Redemptive Communion

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Posted 9.21.12 by RW Blogger

David Mills has taught several P&W–supported workshops at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. He is author of the poetry collection The Dream Detective (Straw Gate Books) and has poems in the anthology Jubilation! (Peepal Tree Press) and magazines, including Ploughshares and jubilat. Mills is also the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

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Idle Hands are the Poet’s Playground: Brendan Constantine on Taking a Chance

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Posted 9.16.12 by RW Blogger

Brendan Constantine, September’s Writer in Residence, was born in 1967 and named after Irish playwright Brendan Behan. An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities, he is one of the region’s most recognized authors. He is currently poet-in-residence at the Windward School and regularly conducts workshops in hospitals, foster homes, and with the Art of Elysium. His latest collections of poetry are Birthday Girl With Possum (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and Calamity Joe (2012 Red Hen Press).

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Worth the Climb: David Surface on Writing Workshops for Veterans

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Posted 9.14.12 by RW Blogger

David Surface, who has led writing workshops in public schools and social service settings for over twenty years, blogs about P&W–supported writing workshops with Veterans in Westchester, New York. He is the founder of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which runs free writing workshops for U.S. veterans.

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Brendan Constantine Listens for the Wow Signal

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Posted 9.9.12 by RW Blogger

Brendan Constantine, September’s Writer in Residence, was born in 1967 and named after Irish playwright Brendan Behan. An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities, he is one of the region’s most recognized authors. He is currently poet-in-residence at the Windward School and regularly conducts workshops in hospitals, foster homes, and with the Art of Elysium.

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A Land of Defiance: Dances With Wordz Celebrates Yoruba Faith Through Poetry

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Posted 9.6.12 by RW Blogger

On August 10, 2012, P&W–sponsored poets Wilfredo Borges, Caridad De La Luz, and Iya Ibo Mandingo performed at Dances With Wordz: Orisha Poetry in New York City, an event organized by Latinos NYC. Readings/Workshops program intern Nikay Paredes reports.

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Brendan Constantine Finds Poetry Outside His Window

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Posted 9.2.12 by RW Blogger

Brendan Constantine, September’s Writer in Residence, was born in 1967 and named after Irish playwright Brendan Behan. An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities, he is one of the region’s most recognized authors. He is currently poet-in-residence at the Windward School and regularly conducts workshops in hospitals, foster homes, and with the Art of Elysium.

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LitLandia Conjures Surreal Moments in a Region Without a Reading Series

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Posted 8.30.12 by RW Blogger

In July, P&W–sponsored poets Brendan Constantine, Nicelle Davis, Larry Eby, and Robbi Nester kicked off LitLandia, a new reading series in California’s Inland Empire region. Project director Cati Porter reports.

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Rochelle Spencer on Sharing, Thinking, Connecting: Writing as Conversation

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Posted 8.23.12 by RW Blogger

Writer and literary organizer Rochelle Spencer blogs about P&Wfunded writers, Patricia Spears Jones and Tan Lin, and how they engage their audience. Rochelle teaches at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York, and is the author of the e-book Ella Jones and Her Magical Vagina.

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Rochelle Spencer on the Greatest Readers of All Time

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Posted 8.20.12 by RW Blogger

Writer and literary organizer Rochelle Spencer blogs about the impact of P&W

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Posted 8.17.12 by RW Blogger

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist, and teaching artist in Seattle, Washington. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was published by Write Bloody in 2010. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is forthcoming from Viking Children’s Books in 2013.

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