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December 2020

Rose Solari reads as part of the Wilde Readings series [Virtual Event]

December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Wilde Readings will host Rose Solari on their Facebook page for a virtual reading. An open mic period to follow.


Open mic registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NOQyXVHbQ5SAQUmFetjH1g

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Katherine E. Young to Read Poem “Women’s Work” at Libby Garvey Inauguration

December 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Join the Arlington County Board to celebrate Board Chair Libby Garvey’s swearing-in at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

Katherine E. Young will read her poem “Women’s Work” for the occasion. You can read about the writing of “Women’s Work” here.

The ceremony will be conducted virtually, in keeping with public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be live-streamed on the County website and on Arlington TV’s YouTube Channel

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January 2021

Linda Watanabe McFerrin to Teach Class on “The Shape of Memoir” [virtual event]

January 9 @ 10:00 am - January 10 @ 12:00 pm

“The Shape of Memoir is an intimate exploration of personal narrative. Think of it as an exercise in personal archeology. We’ll look at your stories about self, family and friends through a poetic, fiction and nonfiction lens and discuss and experiment with the many possibilities for sharing your work with others. Individual direction on your memoir-based projects will also be provided. Participants will receive writing prompts and exercises as well as an opportunity to work in and personalize at least one of their chosen forms and receive feedback if desired.”

The class will consist of (4) 2-hour zoom sessions. (Saturday–Sunday, 10am–12pm (lecture/writing exercise), 2pm–4pm (reading work produced and discussion) PST

Registration deadline is Jan 5th

register: https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/classes/shape-of-memoir

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Via https://youngwritersproject.org/node/38146

Reuben Jackson Hosts a Writing Salon with Alex Muck [virtual event]

January 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Reuben Jackson and artist Alex Muck will host a writing salon for Vermont’s Young Writers Project. The event will be held over Zoom. In order to attend, you must have a Young Writers Project account. More info here: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/38146

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Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin Launch New Travel Anthology: WANDERING IN GREECE

January 25 @ 10:00 pm

From a Great Good Place for Books:

Please join us on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7 PM PST for an online book launch of the new collection of travel writing, WANDERING IN GREECE, with editors Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

Our discussion will be webcast on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88625831342.

(Order your copy of WANDERING IN GREECE at http://bit.ly/ggpWanderingInGreece.)

… The 8th anthology in the prize-winning Wandering series …

Wandering in Greece: Athens, Islands and Antiquities

Once again workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar take Wanderland Writers on another adventure —this time to Greece to wander amid its islands, its rocky shores, and upon those wine-dark seas of legend and lore where they discover how travelers who come to Greece as a seekers find not only Greece, but, as Lawrence Durrell once wrote, themselves—and generally so much more—
on the journey.

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February 2021


ASP to be Featured at Barrelhouse Books’ Winter Conference

February 6 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Alan Squire Publishing is a supporting press for the first ever Barrelhouse Books virtual writing conference on Feb 6th.

Elizabeth Hazen and Rose Solari will also be participating in 10-minute editor meetings (similar to speed-dating).


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Laureate Lovefest (with Grace Cavalieri!)

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Laureate Lovest!

A FREE webinar presentation of a procession of poets laureate from Ireland, Canada, and across the USA. Readings and panel discussion, including special video readings by former U.S. Poet Laureate TED KOOSER. Featuring our very own Grace Cavalieri!

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Reuben Jackson to Read as Part of Piedmont College’s 2021 Poetry Series [virtual event]

February 16 @ 4:30 pm

Join Reuben Jackson, Zoe Brigley, and Jacob Sunderlin for a virtual poetry reading hosted by Piedmont College.

You must use the QR code below to register — sorry


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Poets v pandemic Cavalieri poster (all credit to Cafe Muse)

Poets vs. the Pandemic with Grace Cavalieri and Rose Solari [virtual event]

February 17 @ 7:00 pm

Poets vs The Pandemic will present Grace Cavalieri along with guest poets ASP’s Rose Solari and PG County’s Diane Wilbon Parks. The reading will start at 7:00pm (EST). Registration is free but required to get the Zoom link for the event.

Registration at the BOTTOM of the webpage: https://sites.google.com/view/cafe-muse-events/home

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Via: https://www.politics-prose.com/class/online-class-music-of-quincy-jones-2136

Reuben Jackson to Teach Class on The Music of Quincy Jones [virtual event]

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reuben will teach the class through Politics and Prose bookstore

Producer/arranger Quincy Jones is best known (and celebrated) for his work with mega-stars like Michael Jackson and vocalist Donna Summer. This class will spotlight Jones’s equally compelling work as a Big Band leader, arranger for jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra,” as well as music from film soundtracks (“In The Heat Of The Night,” “In Cold Blood,” “The Color Purple”). Each recording vividly illustrates Jones’s mastery of (to quote the composer) “soul and science.”


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March 2021

AWP: Katherine E. Young Hosts Panel on Women in Translation [virtual event]

March 7 @ 6:20 pm - 7:20 pm

Join professional translators Katherine E. YoungAviya KushnerNancy Naomi CarlsonSharon Dolin, and Andrea Jurjević as they discuss “systems of exclusion which permeate literary culture.”

This panel is available for all AWP attendees.

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Left Coast Writers Zoom Wandering in Greece: Athens, Islands and Antiquities [virtual event]

March 18 @ 8:00 pm

From Wadnerland Writers:

Please join us on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5PM PST for an online book event featuring the 8th anthology of award winning travel writing from Wanderland Writers: WANDERING IN GREECE: ATHENS, ISLANDS AND ANTIQUITIES with editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar and some of their contributors.

Once again workshop leaders Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar take Wanderland Writers on another adventure —this time to Greece to wander amid its islands, its rocky shores, and upon those wine-dark seas of legend and lore where they discover how travelers who come to Greece as seekers find not only Greece, but, as Lawrence Durrell once wrote, themselves—and generally so much more—on the journey.

Stone, marble, mountain, sea and sky framed by endless blue—these are the elemental foundations of Greece, just as Greece is the elemental foundation of Western Civilization. For thousands of years Greece and its culture, philosophy, politics and spirit has inspired and influenced the lives of generations. In Wandering in Greece, this talented and inquisitive group of writers has captured some of the joy, warmth, grace, and wisdom of Greece and its people. These stories, poems and images will remind a whole new group of travelers that a visit is a must, and those who have already ventured in Greece that they have to return. 

—Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, ret., Lt. Governor of California

Contributors include Daphne Beyers, Joanna Biggar, Sandra Bracken, Connie Burke, Barbara J. Euser, Annelize Goedbloed, Thomas Harrell, Donna Hemmila, Laurie McAndish King, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Gayle McGill, Mary Jean Pramik, and Anne Sigmon.

For more information go to www.wanderlandwriters.com

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Online Writing Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin [virtual event]

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

From Mendocino Art Center:

Open to all levels, Making a Scene: In Print and On Screen is a fast-moving introduction to that most crucial of elements in the creation of great stories: the scene. Whether you are working on the page, on the stage or on screen, scenes are the means to bring the excitement and the drama to your tales… and they are what modern readers demand.

You’ll spend a morning reviewing the key components of scenes and how to format them for literary works and for film. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll get experience in penning and performing a dynamite scene.

Register here: https://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/classes/making-a-scene

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From VSO

Reuben Jackson to Host Vermont Symphony Orchestra [virtual event]

March 27 @ 6:30 pm

From VSO.org

VSO’s newest project serves the present moment with streamed chamber ensemble performances, and our March offering is a unique combination of classical and jazz music, visual art and poetry by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists. Reuben Jackson, known for presenting VPR’s Friday Night Jazz and curating the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington collection, serves as our host and fellow poet alongside readings by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Two new commissions will receive their world premieres by prominent composers and musicians Ray Vega and Carlos Simon, performed alongside music by Florence PriceMatthew Evan TaylorDorothy Rudd MooreScott Joplin and more. Paintings by Vermont-based visual artists Crystal StokesJulio Desmont and Alan Blackwell will be featured throughout the concert. This program is curated by Matt LaRocca.

tickets here: https://www.vso.org/event/music-for-days-like-this3/

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April 2021

from event site

This is What America Looks Like: An Author Talk and Poetry Reading with Rose Solari (virtual event)

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From the event website:

Talented writers and poets from across the area, including the incomparable Rose Solari, will convene online to discuss fiction and poetry that highlight the ongoing health crisis, social justice, and other timely observations.

We invite you to join us for an evening of thought provoking conversation. Please RSVP on this page and the access details will be emailed prior to event.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-what-america-looks-like-an-author-talk-and-poetry-reading-tickets-143398844805

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