Thursday, October 06, 2011

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011: Poetry Workshop: Closure, Ways to End a Poem

My fall poetry workshop for OLLI at Coastal Carolina University is coming up soon, and as always I'm looking forward to it. Here are the particulars:

Poetry Workshop: Closure, Ways to End a Poem
Sat., Nov. 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island, SC
Susan Laughter Meyers, instructor

Much advice about ending a poem, though helpful, is general:
trust your reader; trust the poem; it should be as long as it
needs to be.
So what, exactly, do you do? When is the poem
over? This workshop will explore answers to those questions
through discussion and writing activities. A class packet is included.
Bring an in-progress poem of yours. Within two weeks
after the workshop concludes, you have the option of emailing
a poem to the instructor for feedback. Lunch can be brought
or bought nearby.
Registration, $30 -- call 843-349-6584
Class code: –XWRIT 524 W03

This subject is one that has interested me for a long time. In fact, it was the topic of my MFA craft seminar at Queens University of Charlotte. I've kept adding resources to my class materials since then, and it's a treat for me to have a chance to teach a workshop on closure.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Oct. 20 & 21: Queens Univ. of Charlotte -- Readings & Writers Symposium

Queens University of Charlotte
Thursday, Oct. 20
8:30 p.m.
Sykes Auditorium
Reading in celebration of the 10th anniversary
of the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing:

     Faculty -- Jonathan Dee, Rebecca McClanahan, Morri Creech
     Alumni -- Jessica Handler, Susan Laughter Meyers, Susan Woodring

Friday, Oct. 21
Writers Symposium
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sykes Auditorium
Morning session: Keynote speakers Fred Leebron & Rebecca McClanahan, panel on publishing
Afternoon master classes:
     Fiction -- Ashley Warlick
     Poetry -- Susan Laughter Meyers
     Young adult & children -- Karon Luddy

The Writers Symposium is sponsored by Queens' Hayworth College for Adult Studies in collaboration with the MFA Program. For more information about the anniversary reading & the Writers Symposium:
Queens Reading & Writers Symposium

Friday, October 14: The Poetry Society of SC

The Poetry Society of South Carolina
Friday, Oct. 14
7 p.m.
The Charleston Library Society
164 King St., Charleston, SC
Free & open to the public
Reception & book signing after the program

Featured poet: Landon Godfrey, reading from her book Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown, winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award

Preliminary talk: Susan Laughter Meyers, on her residency at VCCA, made possible by the Verna Ubben Fellowship -- highlights & a poem or two

Note: Landon Godfrey will teach a seminar at the same location on Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. - noon.
Subject: "Imaginative Acts of Attention: Ekphrastic Poetry"
Fee: $10 for PSSC members, $15 for others

2011 James Applewhite Poetry Prize

John Thomas York, of Greensboro, is the winner of the 2011 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition for his poem "Lamp." York will receive a prize of $250, and his poem will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2012 issue.

Renowned North Carolina poet James Applewhite selected York’s poem from several finalists whose work had been selected for publication in NCLR 2012 by NCLR Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin. York read his winning poem at the 2011 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming at East Carolina University on September 23. The inaugural James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition was funded by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Other writers from the 2011 competition to be published in the 2012 issue include Debra Kaufman, Susan Laughter Meyers, Valerie Nieman, Glenis Gale Redmond, Mark Smith-Soto, and Cindy Thompson. The issue will also feature poetry by James Applewhite.

Click here to read the complete press release from NC Literary Review and to obtain information about submitting to the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition and about subscribing to NCLR:

News of James Applewhite Poetry Prize, with photo