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First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop a Success

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

The first annual Ryerss Museum and Library Adult Poetry Workshop was held on October 4th. The workshop was booked up almost immediately when announced and attracted poets from the Philadelphia area, Delaware and New Jersey. Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri led the workshop that was held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Attendees included, Wendy Schermer, Maria Keane, Bert Moniz, James Diamond, Melanie Eyth, Michele Grottola, Linda Texter Hall, Siobhan Gannon, Chris Chandler and Jane Miller


Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Ryerss Christmas Celebration


Sahms-Guarnieri began her service as Poet in Residence with a reading at the Ryerss Christmas celebration, conducted a Youth Poetry Contest with winners Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest Reading 029reading at Ryerss for National Poetry Month and wrote a poem  in honor of poet-in-residence-diane-sahms-guarnieri - Ryerss BirthdayRobert W. Ryerss birthday that was read at the celebration.

Get Your Book On – October 4th


Ryerss Museum and Library is holding its monthly used book sale in Norma’s Nook in the basement of the museum. You can buy books by the bag or individual volumes. The Nook is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you are there take a free tour of the museum and check out the vintage books for sale in the main library where you will find Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and a group of poets at the first annual Poetry Workshop.

Ryerss Poetry Workshop – October 4th


As of 7/24 all spots are filled.

A poetry workshop will be held on October 4th by Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, at Ryerss Museum and Library. There are only 10 spots available, of which 4 have been filled. For more information please visit:



Philadelphia Writers Conference – June 6th – June 8th

phila writers conferenceAmerica’s longest running writers conference will be held June 6th – June 8th. The Philadelphia Writers Conference will commence at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia’s Historic District. More information on the conference and registration can be found here: http://pwcwriters.org/

West Chester University Poetry Conference – June 4th to June 7th

wcu_logoThe largest all poetry writing conference in the United States will be held between June 4th and June 7th at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  Daily events (unless otherwise stated) will take place at the Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA; evening readings will take place at the Swope Music Building, 817 S. High Street, West Chester, PA.  For a full listing of conference events visit their website here: http://www.wcupoetrycenter.com/2014-conference-schedule Cost of the conference here: http://www.wcupoetrycenter.com/poetry-conference

Creative Writing: Getting To Know Your Own Mind with Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Shambhala Center of Philadelphia
2030 Sansom Street
Phila. PA 19103

(A small seven week course, capped at twelve people, with four traditional meetings and three online “meetings,” including an online-only option for as many as six people)

Onsite meetings Sun. evenings 6-8 PM: May 12, 26 and June 9 & 23.
Online “meetings” May 19, June 2 & 16 (posting & responding deadlines)

Price: $150.00 Regular
Discounts available for students, senior citizens, single parents, adjunct professors, and other educators.

In this multi-genre workshop, we will start with writing exercises that connect more with one’s spontaneous and natural voice. Get writing more as a disciplined practice with exercises that show how our writings can become a kind of a mirror of our minds. Poetry, prose, and script writers are all welcome.

Writings can be shared in person and/or online so that people can solicit responses from each other and give encouragement and constructive insights to each other. We can also see that others have the same struggles, successes and failures that we do, which is in itself helpful.

Advanced participants may request help with works-in-progress or writing projects that they have had on their minds for years. Others may just want to explore new ways of writing and finding inspiration. Some may want to use these exercises as a way of letting go of old patterns of thinking that no longer serve a useful purpose.

For those with a current meditation practice, writing can be valuable because the preoccupations that arise in meditation are the same things that arise in writing freely. So we can really get to know our own minds, with all their shining pitfalls and blundering brilliance, which makes greater understanding of oneself possible. We can also learn what we truly care about and practice having the courage to actually say whatever that is. We can also learn more about the stories that we tell ourselves (about ourselves or others). This is a very supportive class to regenerate, recover or resuscitate one’s creative energies.

Jeffrey Ethan Lee has taught creative writing at University of Northern Colorado, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Franklin & Marshall, Beaver College, and many community arts centers. He has a Ph.D. and an MFA from NYU.

JELeeJeffrey Ethan Lee’s towards euphoria (2012) co-winner of the editor’s prize from Seven Kitchens Press, is the prequel to invisible sister (2004), his poetry book which was praised in American Book Review etc. His dramatic poetry book, identity papers, a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist, was also a Drimala Records CD, identity papers (2002). He won the Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf (2003), published Strangers in a Homeland (Ashland Poetry Press chapbook, 2001), and hundreds of poems, stories and essays in North American Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Many Mountains Moving, American Poetry Review,
Washington Square. He has a Ph.D. and an MFA from NYU.

To register, please use this link below:
If you want the “online only” participation, please indicate that in the notes section of the registration form.

For more information, you can write to: jeffreyethan@att.net

Amy King Workshop at The Rooster Moans

Only 12 slots open

Apostrophe, Odes, Ekphrasis, Oh My!

For as long as we can remember, poets have addressed the sun and moon, distant lovers and heroes, while also separately singing odes to the gods. The Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington once said, “We learn about the soul, and we have to listen to the soul.”  Just as some poets use music for inspiration, ekphrasis is not simply a description of an art work, but influenced by the art work and, sometimes, the artist’s life. Carrington’s own paintings evidence her own efforts towards querying the world she inhabited beyond the limits of perception; her life also reveals many lively, unconventional turns that inspire and provide unexpected permissions, something poets often require — consciously or not.

In the course of this workshop, we will look at a the work and lives of a variety of artists, as well as poets, and consider how ekphrasis can extend beyond mere description of the visual arts but may also be combined with address (apostrophe) or incorporate the ode as a means to reflect appreciation, and content from, an artist’s work.

Teaching artist Amy King is the author of, most recently, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press). Also, Slaves to do These Things, I’m the Man Who Loves You, Antidotes for an Alibi, all from BlazeVOX Books, and The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Award). She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet Ron Padgett, co-edits Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.She has also conducted workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Summer Writing Program @ Naropa University, Slippery Rock University and Rhode Island School of Design. Her poems have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes, she was a Lambda Literary finalist, and the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy founded and curated, from 2006, the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry, until 2010. Readings, reviews and more @amyking.org

To register visit the direct link for more information: http://www.poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/apostrophe-odes-ekphrasis-oh-my

Amy King in The Fox Chase Review: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/09-AmyKing.html

Rosemont Writers Retreat Sponsored by Philadelphia Stories Magazine

About the 2010 Rosemont Writers’ Retreat

Located on a 56-acre campus in an attractive, historic suburban community, Rosemont College is a peaceful sanctuary located just minutes by train from center city Philadelphia. Each day of the Rosemont Writers Retreat will begin with an elective yoga session. At noon each day there will be a craft lecture and interview with a well-known author. Afternoons will be spent in an intense three hour workshop run by an instructor who is not only an accomplished writer in her own right, but also an experienced teacher. Workshops will be limited to no more than twelve participants, ensuring that each author will have plenty of critique time. Nightly faculty readings and receptions, along with an open mic, will offer plenty of networking opportunities, but the emphasis will be on immersing yourself in the writing life and your own work. Full access to the Rosemont computing and fitness facilities will be available.

Weeklong Retreat Sunday, June 6th – Friday, June 11th Tuition $595 Room & Board $200 Yoga $20

Partial List of Faculty 

 Elise Juska, short story

Lise Funderburg, creative non-fiction

Liz Abrams-Morley, multi-genre (Wooing Your Muse)

J. C. Todd, poetry

Elizabeth Mosier, novel writing

The 3rd Annual Writers’ Retreat offers writers much-needed time apart from the stresses of daily life to hone their craft through sessions with published authors, daily readings, a how-to publish workshop, time to relax with other writers, and daily yoga. Workshops are also available for graduate college credit. Please email or call Carla Spataro, retreat director for more information.

Questions? Contact Carla Spataro cspataro@rosemont.edu