In her own words:
the practice of poetry cultivates a quality of presence that is grounded, attuned, & in many ways, quietly revolutionary.
to write well, we must pay attention to what’s really happening—inside of us, & in our world.
we must give shape and meaning to words & ideas, but we must also do a far more radical thing, which is to re-inhabit our senses, our bodies, our actual lives.
the practice of poetry involves listening to what’s said as well as what’s unsaid. it means slowing and getting quiet down enough to notice what’s hidden, or revealed, when we’re not distracted by other messages, including those that suggest that to be busy, is to be happy, or, to consume, is to be fulfilled.
ordinary moments begin to sing—with music, with meaning, with significance.
& don’t we all benefit, individually and collectively, when we apprehend more clearly the nature of what is? when our sense of one another & the world becomes more particular and nuanced?
as a result of these considerations, my teaching practice has evolved away from a primary focus on craft, toward a holistic approach that looks carefully at the creative process, & the many other factors that influence our ability to make our work real in the world.
as artists & human beings living & working in a society and on a planet that is so clearly in crisis, we yearn for space in which to integrate what we observe, feel and know. we need ways of making sense of the facts, in all their forms, and we need opportunities to explore how art can become an ongoing response to our unique experiences of being alive in our time. A survival strategy. A balancing action. A retreat. An act of love. A personal revolution. A spell. A way of being in the world.
An Evening with Holly Wren Spaulding
Join us for an evening of poetry, writing, creative inspiration and community (on Zoom)?
When: Thursday December 3rd, 6-8:30 p.m. (Zoom link will be emailed to those registered the day before)
Where: Your home, via Zoom
How: Reserve your spot in the circle by emailing email@example.com or text/call 937-269-3024 (leaving name, email address)
Cost: Purchase of her book, available here
Holly Wren Spaulding is a poet-mentor-artist-editor with whom Heather Monkmeyer has studied. Spaulding's poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, and in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003). Alice Greene & Co. published IF August in 2017, and Pilgrim, in 2014. A passionate collaborator, teacher, editor, and writer, Ms. Spaulding has been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Hill House, The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art & Science, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and the Leelanau Cultural Center, where she was the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence. She founded Poetry Forge in 2012, and teaches creative writing for Interlochen College of Creative Arts.
What to expect...? A circle held in our fashion, and opportunity to delve more deeply into your own writing, craft, listening...