Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tarot at AWP Portland 2019

Calling Your Writer's Block Bluff: Three Card Draws (Mini Tarot Readings)

AWP, Portland 2019
Oregon Convention Center

Drop by the Saddle Road Press Booth to sign up for a free mini tarot reading in celebration of the Heart's Compass Tarot and Writing Workbook, forthcoming soon from Saddle Road Press.

I will be giving ten minute readings on Thursday March 28, 2019 from 9-4 and Friday March 29 from 2-5. These three cards draws will be based on your writing project at hand or any other question of the heart.

You can also pick up a sample chapter from the tarot workbook that gives you an exercise for using tarot principles to write a cento (poem compromised of lines by other poets).

Here's a list of Saddle Road Press authors and the books you will find at our table:
  • Dane Cervine, The Gateless Gate and Polishing the Moon Sword
  • Erika Howsare, How Is Travel A Folded Form? 
  • Stefan Kiesbye, The Staked Plains 
  • Ire’ne Lara Silva, Blood Sugar Canto
  • Ire’ne Lara Silva, Cuicacalli: House of Song
  • Don Mitchell, A Red Woman Was Crying (2019 edition)
  • Tania Pryputniewicz, November Butterfly
  • Jessamyn Smyth, The Inugami Mochi 
  • Ruth Thompson, Whale Fall & Black Sage
  • Rolf Yngve, Dog Watches

Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After 50. Join us also on Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for an off-site reading from Unmasked featuring eight poets and essayists who contributed to the anthology. They include Debbie Brosten, Roberta Feins, Ellaraine Lockie, Tanya Ko-Hong, Bernadette Murphy, Lisa Rizzo , yours truly, and Cathie Sandstrom. The event will be at the offices of Nurture Realty, 1100 SE Division Street, Suite 120, Portland, 97202.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Heart's Compass Tarot News and Joy

Happy March! How can it be, that my firstborn trammels towards graduation? Monumental for this Feral Mom, Feral Writer, to have one of three children at graduation's threshold. In honor of that passage of time, I'm posting a link to my very first post, The Desk, all of two paragraphs long, about, you guessed it, what it takes to get to the Desk: 

The Desk

How far things have  moved since then, though I still keep Emily's #1263 in my typewriter pencil sharpener on my desk, and that little half wing of a framed butterfly turned into my poetry collection November Butterfly

Tarot Fun

I am super-charged about a new tarot workbook I am writing as we speak. I'll be bringing an excerpt from the workbook to pass out for free at AWP in Portland at the end of March where I'll be manning the Saddle Road Press table. Do stop by and take advantage of the free ten minute tarot readings I'll be giving on writer's block, latest writing project, or whatever is weighing on your heart that day. Here is a post at my main website about my Heart's Compass workbook and and why I'm changing the name of my tarot work and Facebook page to Heart's Compass Tarot and Writing.

I had a beautiful weekend reading tarot cards at the San Diego Yoga Festival. Kalli volunteered with me; we are so in love with yoga time through Yoga with Shawna in Imperial Beach. Here's a new post at Tarot for Two about the return of yoga and its impact on my well-being, how it is helping me shed the past and integrate spiritual studies:

Tarot for Two: The Nine of Wands, the Hierophant and the Star card

Mary and I haven't blogged for awhile together--we both had good reasons, and we write about them in the post. I connect the Hierophant to a family memoir I'm writing and Mary connects the Star card to a novel about the afterlife she is writing.

Poetry Fun

Second Saturdays Poetry Read and Critique meets this coming Saturday March 9,  from 10-12 at San Diego Writers, Ink. We are a lovely, open-hearted group of devoted poets coming together to write, read, and offer suggestions on one another's poems. Drop-ins always welcome; I hope you'll join us.