"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Daily Prompt Love <3 That Pedestal

4 September 2019 

Make art about what’s being exalted. 

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Daily Prompt Love Catch-Up <3 Shine

1 September 2019art

Make art about what you do to make it brighter. 

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Monday Must Read! Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression Twelve developed, through August 28 when it became a Category Five storm with its “scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched it on television.

Buy this amazing book here! 

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Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands witness to families held captive on rooftops and in the Superdome. She gives voice to the thirty-four nursing home residents who drowned in St. Bernard Parish and recalls the day after their deaths when George W. Bush accompanied country singer Mark Willis on guitar:

The cowboy grins through the terrible din,
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And in the Ninth, a choking woman wails
Look like this country done left us for dead.

An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be “news that stays news,” Blood Dazzler is a necessary step toward national healing.

Patricia Smith is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. A record-setting, national poetry slam champion, she was featured in the film Slamnation, on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, and is a frequent contributor to Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog. Visit her website at http://www.wordwoman.ws.

Special Sunday Call for Submissions <3 Reading Series for Virginia Womxn Writers!

Womxn at Red Door 104: Words & Art

A New Reading Series Celebrating Virginia Womxn, Womxn-Identifying, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, & Nonbinary-Identifying Writers

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Womxn at Red Door 104: Words and Art, created to celebrate Virginia womxn writers, is a partnership between Creative Writing at Longwood University and Red Door 104, a unique gallery and art learning center owned and operated by the tireless and talented Audrey Sullivan,  in historic downtown Farmville,Virginia.

The series will consist of two events annually:

  • A reading and reception in April 2020, with two featured readers and five cameo readers.
  • All selected readers will then also have the unique and exciting experience of having visual art created by central Virginia artists in response to their submitted work. This art will be revealed in a second event, an art opening at Red Door 104 the following October.

The first Womxn at Red Door 104 reading will take place from 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The art opening will take place in October 2020, date tba.

Selected writers must be available to read in person, and should be willing to attend both events.

Believing that artists should be compensated when possible, we will award all selected readers a small token honorarium.

Please submit writing samples, as detailed below, along with a 50-75 word bio, via Submittable. Please include in your bio your current Virginia city of residence.

Submissions are limited to current Virginia residents.

Full Details Here! 

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 So Much Power

23 August 2019 

Make art about the power of story, of how story can change lives. 

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Do You Hear It?

22 August 2019 

Make art about that lone voice in the wilderness, or about the voice of the wilderness. 

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Image by David Mark from Pixabay

 

If You Teach, Consider Doing This To Help Fight Hunger

Teaching peeps: if you haven’t already, please consider adding a hunger and homelessness statement to your syllabus, letting students know that not only are there resources available on your campus, but that you care, that both their well-being and their dignity matter.
 
Here’s mine.
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Food and Housing Insecurity Statement for Syllabus
 
Food insecurity is defined as conditions in which persons, in this case, students, do not have adequate resources to feed themselves, either nutritiously or not at all (USDA, 2013). According to a recent studies, hunger and homelessness. are common and growing problems for students at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students. If food insecurity or shelter are issues for you, or for someone you know, please know help is readily available.
 
Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact me, or another professor with whom you are comfortable, for a list of resources and support. This will enable us to assist you in finding the resources you may need. I promise complete confidentiality.
 
Longwood’s student food pantry, Elwood’s Cabinet, as well as the Lil Office Food Bank, maintained by an English professor in Grainger, are free resources with food and personal care items.
 
Elwood’s Cabinet is located in the basement of the Wesleyan Campus Ministry building at 204 High Street, across from Ruffner. They are open Monday nights, 6-930pm. More details are available here: https://elwoodscabinet.weebly.com/
 
The Lil Office Foodbank is located in Grainger 112, open Tuesdays 1230-2 & 5-9, and Thursdays, 1230-2, and as needed by appointment. You can email me and I will meet you there any time you are in need, even after hours.
 
Do not go hungry. We can help.
Lil Office Food Bank

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