Sunday, October 2, 2016

Thirteen Prompts and a Music Themed Poetry Workshop in San Diego

Do you write poetry? Teach poetry? I’m looking for support this month for Saddle Road Press and November Butterfly. In celebration of November Butterfly’s 2 year birthday (November 1), I’ve put together a lovely give-away—a 15 page companion prompt PDF titled, Thirteen Writing Prompts Based on the Power and Creativity of Iconic Women Designed to Help You Write New Work from Multiple Points of View. You’ll find prompts, beautiful image stills from the poetry movies I made in collaboration with Robyn Beattie, and links to additional resources for:  
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Jay DeFeo
  • The Three Sister of the Three Oranges
  • Nabokov’s Lolita
  • Lady Diana
  • Thumbelina
  • Ophelia
  • Jeanne D’Arc
  • Nefertiti
  • Mordred
  • Guinevere. 

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Here’s how it works:

Buy the Kindle edition of November Butterfly; priced at $4.99.

Contact me through my contact page to let me know you supported me in this way and I’ll email you the PDF.

Keep me in the loop—I’d love to know how you found use for Thirteen Prompts and of course, I welcome any feedback regarding how to improve the PDF.

To learn more about November Butterfly’s themes, read the full interview, conducted by Casey Cromwell at SDWI, excerpted below:

San Diego Writers, Ink: What is/was your favorite part about including famous females like Marilyn Monroe or Joan of Arc into your poetry, as you do in your first poetry collection, November Butterfly?

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Tania Pryputniewicz: Including famous women gave me a chance to continue a conversation they started with our culture and with us about what it means to be female, powerful, charismatic and vulnerable. I could riff, for example, on Joan of Arc’s renegade relationship to her spirituality and call it part of a “disintegrate spin of ecstasy.” I could listen to Marilyn; might she have said from the “other side,” “No girl sets out to die?” I describe that kind of listening and imagining into the lives of others as a form of astral rubbernecking in a post I wrote before book tour last year.

Or visit my page at Saddle Road Press.

Here’s a link to a second interview, Three Questions, on my main site.

Photo by Robyn Beattie
Theme, Set, Go at San Diego Writers, Ink Workshop: Poems about Music

I am also very actively recruiting poets in San Diego to come to my First Tuesday of the month themed poetry workshop. I love teaching it and working with poets. Please do pass it on—and bring a friend. Walk-ins welcome. We meet from 10-12 noon at Liberty Station; next class is Tuesday, October 4, 2014. You’ll do some writing, some reading of poetry aloud, and you’ll come away with exercises to complete during the month. Open to all level of writer.

This month’s theme is Music…poems about music and poems rich with musicality. We will read God’s Grandeur aloud (who can resist Hopkins! That “ooze of oil” and “shining from shook foil”!” Or the tongue twister of “Why do men then now not reck his rod?” Say that ten times fast!

Here’s a further sampling of poems we will read aloud: “What Makes This Neighborhood Sing,” from Lisa Rizzo’s forthcoming Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press), “Chamber Music,” by Barbara Rockman, “A Raga from Orpheus,” by Jeffrey Davis (The Coat Thief, Saint Julian Press, 2016), and “For Circe,” by Ruth Thompson from Woman with Crows. (Rockman, Rizzo, and Thompson are authors I met at AROHO and Jeffrey Davis is a fellow poet I met through Tracking Wonder.)

Hope to see you bring your favorite music-themed or musically vivid poem to share with us, a friend, and a pad of paper to fill with your own words. Sign up here at First Tuesday: Theme, Set, Go, or pay when you walk in ($30 a session for SDWI members, $36 for non-members).

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