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Posts tagged ‘space’

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Regular Comfort

22 March 2020

One of the ways I’m coping with self-isolation is by working to keep what I can of my daily and weekly routines.

Waking at the same time I would if going to campus to work, walking the dog at the same times along the same route each day. That quiet cup of coffee in the morning, the slow ease of a glass of red wine at night. 

Wednesdays I strip the beds, wash sheets, and put crisp, new bed linens on, with assistance from a particularly ‘helpful’ cat 😀

Saturday mornings I clean and wash the litter boxes, empty out and clean my fridge, mop the hardwood floors, clean the bathroom.

These small acts so much a part of my ‘normal’ weekly schedule, I’m finding, are helping to make the crisis we’re all sharing a bit less overwhelming, providing some balance in a regular, now-that’s-better, way. 

“Routine” as a descriptor often gets a bad rap, but right now, it feels a lot like comfort. 

Make art about the comfort to be found in routines. 

routine

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Through that Window

17 March 2020

Often we’re too busy to notice the view right in front of us. One of my students, when I asked about what they missed being away from home, softly described the view of the city at night from his bedroom window in what he called ‘the projects where I live.’ 

“At night,” he said, “the lights go on forever, and every light, I think, is a soul.” 

Make art about seeing the world through your window. 

space window

 

 

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Oh the Possibility!

16 March 2020 

This is an in-class exercise I do with my Baby Poets, an attempt to get them to understand the emotional and emblematic power of every day objects. 

Make art about one object that represents “possibility” for you. 

suitcase possibility

Call for Submission! New Reading Series for Virginia Womxn Writers!

Please note: Submissions are limited to current Virginia residents, and to Women, Woman-Identifying, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, & Nonbinary-Identifying Writers

Womxn at Red Door 104: Words & Art

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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.

Send us your best! We’re looking for work that is visually rich, and that will make for a compelling live reading.

Complete Submission Details Here! 

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Bigotry

18 July 2019 

“Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.” ― Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Make art about the damage of bigotry, about fighting back against bigots. 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Making Space

1 July 2019 

Make art about making space, holding space, for someone. 

making space for

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Saving

16 May 2019 

“There are words/ I’ve had to save myself from”-Stephen Dunn 

Make art about what saved you, what you saved yourself from, or about what needs to be saved. 

saved

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