Ladies on a Summer Doorstep: Two local poets will celebrate the month of June and what women do to achieve their worlds. Rosalie Sanara Petrouske and Joyce Benvenuto will pair their poems for an hour of virtual poetry sponsored by the East Lansing Public Library. Both poets have written several books of published poetry.
Join us via Zoom for this live reading. There will be time for an audience talk-back. You may also join via telephone by dialing +1 929 205 6099 and using the meeting ID number 838 3559 5013.https://elpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5eb985605506fd3a003ef8d9
Check out the Winter 2020 issue of Sky Island Journal and enjoy Rosalie Sanara Petrouske’s poem “True North.” https://www.skyislandjournal.com/issues#/issue-11-winter-2020/
Six women poets will present Six Voices in Winter: Women Speak, a poetry reading to entertain and warm the heart on a cold February night. The six women have picked five subjects and will rotate reading one poem on each subject in a quick-paced, expressive poetry reading. The group will add coffee, conversation and audience participation for a night of fun and ideas. The reading will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Okemos Public Library, 4321 Okemos Road.
WATL Poet, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske will read essays and poetry at Blue Owl Coffee, 1149 South Washington Avenue on Thursday, August 29. Other writers reading Thursday night include Casey Bye, Ryan Apple and Gavin Broom. The event is hosted by Matthew Rossi and takes place from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Join authors, Randy D. Pearson, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Lori Hudson (aka Judith Wade), G.S. Scott and Brigette Thornes for the 46th Annual Island Art Fair, Saturday August 3, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Second Island in Grand Ledge. There will be over 100 artists and craftsmen, musical entertainment, food and drink, Riverboat Rides, Free Admission and Parking. Come visit Historic Grand Ledge and also your favorite Writing at the Ledges authors on Saturday.
Poetry from the Fragments of Life
Workshop Leaders Mary Fox and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Portland District Library, 334 Kent Street, Portland, MI 48875, 517- 647-2738
This two-session workshop is suitable for teens or adults. In the first session, we will explore some ways to draw from the ordinary moments of life to create poetry. Workshop participants should bring writing material (or a laptop) and be prepared to write during the two-hour session. During the first session, we hope to give you the start to two or three poems.
In session two, we will look at ways to edit, revise, improve your poems to polish them, and provide some general tips on presenting them in their best form. We will provide participants with some resources for publishing poems or presenting them to audiences.
With the group, and Corey Grummick, we will come up with a day or evening for a celebration of poetry to share with the community.
Mary Fox is author of Waiting for Rain and the upcoming Reading Lessons (Finishing Line Press. She was co-editor of Promptly Speaking, a Writing at the Ledges anthology. She, along with Alan Harris (Fall Ball and Hospice Bed Conversations, FPL), and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske (A Postcard From My Mother and What We Keep, FLP) established, the annual Lansing area Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award with the Lansing Poetry Club and Finishing Line Press. Mary currently serves as the Lansing Poetry Club secretary and the Ritzenhein Coordinator.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, four local poets—Joyce Benvenuto, Aram Kabodian, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, and Ruelaine Stokes—will give a reading on Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., at the East Lansing Library, 950 Abbot Rd. The theme for the evening will be “A Moment in Time.”
There will be a Q. and A. after the performance, and books will be available for signing. Poet Anita Skeen will serve as moderator.
Benvenuto taught English and creative writing at Haslett Public Schools for 18 years. She is the author of two collections of poetry: A Grand River, and Poem Journey. Her next book of poems about the southwest will be published in the fall.
Aram Kabodian taught English at both middle and high school level for many years with a short stint teaching math. He is a teacher consultant with the Red Cedar Writing Project and leads Spartan Writing Camps for youth through MSU.
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske founded Writing at the Ledges in 2005, a local writing group. She has published poems and essays, her most recent: What We Keep, a chapbook; a poem in the MSU Press anthology; And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017.
Ruelaine Stokes teaches workshops in creative writing and the art of spoken word. She taught English as a Second Language for many years at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She currently serves as President of the Lansing Poetry Club. Her poems are featured in Four Against the Wall.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up your pre-order copy of SLEIGH BELLS and SLEUTHING, be sure to check it out. WATL author, Lori Hudson, has a short story in this fun holiday mystery anthology, and all proceeds will help animals at Good Fortune Farm Refuge
Are you planning to attend the Island Art Fair this weekend? Check out Writing at the Ledges in booth #22. This year, a new book by Judith Wade for middle grades/YA readers – THE WINTER ROYAL – and a new anthology featuring work by many WATL authors. New WATL Member, Brigette Thornes, will also be selling the first two books of her YA speculative fiction series, The Closing Prophecy and The Washer. Come see us and get a signed book! The Art Fair takes place on Second Island park in Grand Ledge from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.