Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paris Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading Wednesday 29th June 2016

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29 June 2016 at 6pm: Jennifer K Dick (poet), Ayana Mathis (novelist), Michelle Huneven (nonfiction writer), and Nahid Rachlin (novella/short story author) will read at Berkeley Books of Paris for the Paris Writers Workshop Faculty Reading. Berkeley Books, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. M° Odéon or RER B

I will be reading entirely new work from the manuscript That Which I Touch Has No Name, completed this June. In fact, I will be reading from the last section I finished while in Amsterdam just a few weeks ago--so will be testing the waters.

So I hope you can join me/us for this event!

Reader BIOS:
Avana Mathis is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing for the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Book of 2013 and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.She has also been a frequent contributor for the N.Y. Times Book Review, the Financial Times, Esquire, and The Atlantic.

Michelle Huneven has published a nonfiction book, The Tao Gals Guide to Real Estate, and four novels. Her short fiction has been published in Harpers, Redbook, and Ms. magazine. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Antioch College, and Bennington College, and is currently a lecturer at UCLA.
Nahid Rachlin’s publications include a memoir, Persian Girls; four novels, Jumping Over Fire, Foreigner, Married To A StrangerThe Heart’s Desire; and a collection of short stories, Veils. Her novella, Crowd of Sorrows, and individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines. She has taught for Barnard College, Yale University and for various workshops in Europe such as the PWW and the Geneva Writers' Conference. 

Jennifer K Dick is the author of Circuits (2013), Enclosures (2007), Florescence (2004) and 5 chapbooks. Her collaborative projects include the live show Traces de son amant qui s’en va (2015) and Le Moulin Collectif, including vocal appearance in Gilles Weinzaepflan’s film Le Moulin: https://vimeo.com/101581345. She is Maître de Conférences at the Université de Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France.

For more complete bios of all of the faculty of PWW, 
see the PWW Master Class Faculty page:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paris Writers Workshop Poetry Workshop with Jennifer K Dick

The Art Of Poetry Writing With Writer-In-Residence Jennifer K Dick
Course Description: “Which is skin, which flesh, which skeleton–form, content– is impossible to discern: They’re part of one body of motion.” So contends Marilyn Hacker in her article, “A Few Cranky Paragraphs on Form and Content.” As she notes, often contemporary poets fail to fully explore the extent to which various forms can enhance and enliven their message.  This course will test out the possibilities of form, from the bases of Hackeresque meters in English poetry in sonnets remaining loyal to the use of iambic pentameter to Troubadour forms such as the sestina as explored across the twentieth century to the ways form can be understood as loosely as visual placement of words on the page, in the line or in a prose poem paragraph. The attention will be on the progression of line to stanza to poem, from the point of writing to final revision, thus the outside of the body, that skin, to the inside, and how form stitches itself into the marrow, the deepest bone of what desires to be expressed in a poem. It is never what a poem says that makes it unforgettable, but how: and this week we will hone and sharpen our work via reading, writing and revision. This workshop should leave you with some tools you can build on when you return home.

As the PWW page announces:
"... the 28th edition of the Paris Writers’ Workshop (PWW), the longest-established English-language creative writing program in France. PWW 2016 will be held 26 June – 1 July. PWW is a special program of WICE, an anglophone organization in Paris promoting continuing education.
This year we have the distinct honor of conducting our classes at UNESCO Headquarters, in the heart of Paris. Auxiliary events will be held at a variety of historic Paris locations.
The workshop will open with a mandatory registration reception on Sunday, 26 June. On Monday morning, 27 June, our intensive master classes will begin. 
Choose from four master classes taught by distinguished authors:
  • Writing Novels led by Ayana Mathis
  • Writing Short Stories and Novellas led by Nahid Rachlin
  • Writing Poetry led by Jennifer K Dick
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction led by Michelle Huneven
In addition to the morning master classes, the workshop will also include an expert panel, author readings and social events. We invite you to be a part of our international community. Come hone your writing skills with guidance from accomplished instructors. Surround yourself with other writers who are working to elevate their craft. Immerse yourself in Paris, the city that has inspired authors and creative minds for generations."
Click here to register for Paris Writers’ Workshop 2016.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Book Review at Jacket2 of Donna Stonecipher's Model City

So excited to see my book review of DONNA STONECIPHER'S fabulous book MODEL CITY (called "The Urban Interior-Exterior Ideal")  up and available for perusal. And I am also very thankful for the edits and close readings of Kenna over at Jacket2, who helped get this polished like a shiny little stone!!! Enjoy! https://jacket2.org/reviews/urban-interior-exterior-ideal

FYI: Future book reviews are cookin' in the pan, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements as they arrive on your screens--perhaps next fall.