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.
You are cordially invited to attend Writing at the Ledges’ release celebration for our new anthology, Promptly Speaking. Join us for refreshments, to listen to Promptly Speaking authors read short pieces of their work, and to enjoy browsing Everybody Reads, Books and Stuff wonderful collection of books and gift items. Authors will gather on Friday, June 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. Everybody Reads is located at 2019 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing.
Join us on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Think Outside the Books for a group signing with FIVE authors who are all a part of the creative writing group, Writing at the Ledges. The group has four published anthologies. Their newest anthology, Promptly Speaking, features stories and poems born of various writing prompts. The book includes tips on writing and provides prompts suited for writers of all experience levels! Think Outside the Books is located at 2547 Ellsworth Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
Writing at the Ledges will have two booths at the 44th Annual Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge on August 5, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Several WATL authors will be in attendance with their books available for purchase and signing. Authors participating will be Lori Hudson aka Judith Wade (middle grade books); Randy Pearson (fiction); G.S. Scott (fantasy fiction); Colleen Nye (Romance and Fantasy); Rosalie Sanara Petrouske (poetry); and Mary Fox (poetry). Save the Date! We hope to see you there!
WATL Poet and Essayist, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske will be the Artist-in-Residence in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park from May 19- June 8, 2014. She will be reading from new work that is written during her stay in Dan’s Cabin.
The Artist-in-Residence Program at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, Michigan, is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by this unique northern wilderness setting. It offers writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the “Porkies” and express it through their particular art form. For more information, visit http://porkies.org/artist-in-residence/or email AIRP@porkies.org.
Rosalie Petrouske and Lori Hudson were the first of the Writing at the Ledges group that participated in the Grand Ledge Public Library’s Authors in the Garden Event on Thursday, June 13, 2013, and it was a great success. “We loved bringing our stories to the public in such a lovely setting as the Grand Ledge Public Library garden,” says Petrouske, who writes poetry and short stories. “It was a great event and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did,” added Hudson.
The next Authors in the Garden event featuring a WATL author will be Thursday, June 28, 2013. Randy Pearson will read from his book, Driving Crazy. The program begins at 6pm and ends at 7pm. While you’re in downtown Grand Ledge, you can check out the Music in the Park immediately following.