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ELLEN'S READINGS AND WORKSHOPS


THE WRITING LIFE
with Ellen Bass

December 2 - 4, 2016
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this weekend will provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the writing life. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

SALON AT GABRIELLA'S CAFE
with Tess Taylor and Ellen Bass
June 7, 2016
Dinner at 6 pm
Reading at 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Catamaran Literary Reader
Gabriella’s Cafe, Santa Cruz, CA

For more info, email Catherine Segurson at catherine@catamaranliteraryreader.com.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING
Residency dates: June 16-26, 2016
Residency location: Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon

This residency is open both to students enrolled in the MFA program as well as to people who want to attend the residency workshops only.

Rated one of the top five low-residency programs in the nation by Atlantic Monthly and Poets & Writers, Pacific University's 
Master of Fine Arts allows you the chance to study with Ellen Bass and other top professionals (click here to read their bios) who teach as well as they write. In the belief that writers can and must lead full and interesting lives, the MFA program embraces students who have full-time jobs and other obligations.

Each semester begins with a short residency packed with workshops, lectures, panel discussions, readings and more. Students return home to work one-on-one with award-winning writers who support and inspire emerging craft and voice.


If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact the director, Shelley Washburn, at washburn@pacificu.edu or Ellen Bass at ellen@ellenbass.com with your questions.

POETRY READING & WORKSHOP
with Ellen Bass
August 19, 2016
Workshop 1:30 to 5:30
Poetry reading 7:30
California Poets in the Schools Annual Conference, Los Gatos, CA


Across more than half a century, California Poets in the Schools has brought the magic of poetry creation and performance to over a million students. At this Symposium, the participants will pool their best practices on how to spread the word on their work to the schools and communities, expand their poet-teaching into large and fundable concepts, and design and deliver poetry lessons for today's educational environment.

Contact Tina Areja-Pasquinzo at info@cpits.org.
 

THE GLINT OF LIGHT ON BROKEN GLASS - Almost Full
A Workshop in Writing Stories, Essays and Poems
with Pam Houston and Ellen Bass

August 21 - 27, 2016
The Inn at Lake Connamarra, Hope, B. C. Canada

In this workshop we will open our eyes to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste the world. Then we’ll look for words that describe that glint of light on broken glass. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, all strong writing explores an experience—drawn from life or from imagination—and delivers it so vividly and immediately that a reader doesn’t just hear about it, but lives it.

To claim the last spot or to be added to the wait list, email Mark Burke at markburke113@msn.com.

WRITING FOR OUR LIVES AT LA SERRANIA - SOLD OUT
with Ellen Bass
October 15 - 22, 2016
La Serrania, Mallorca, Spain


To be added to the wait list, contact Tim Pennell at sereneretreats@icloud.com.


AN EVENING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE LIVING WRITERS' SERIES
with Ellen Bass
November 15 - 16, 2016
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

 
WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO TEACH POETRY IN PRISON IN SANTA CRUZ?
 
In 2014 I sent out a call for volunteers to teach in the Santa Cruz jails and since then there have been ongoing workshops for incarcerated men and women.
 
Now, one of our poetry teachers is transferring her work to Salinas Valley State Prison and so we have need for for a teacher to take her place working with women at the downtown jail in Santa Cruz.
 
The workshop takes place weekly at the main jail, but you wouldn’t need to teach every week as you’d be rotating with two other teachers.
 
If you would like to volunteer to teach, please be in touch. You can email me at ellen@ellenbass.com and I’ll connect you with the current teachers. You don’t need previous teaching experience—just a love of poetry and a sincere commitment to share your time and creativity. 
 
We hope to keep expanding our program so that everyone in the prisons and jails in the Central Coast can have access to the inspiration, healing, and joy of poetry.
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
 
WRITERS @ WORK 2016
June 15-19, 2016
Alta Lodge, Alta, UT

This year’s event will focus more than ever before on generating new work. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry will come together to explore craft, meet with editors and consultants, share ideas and create new work while they’re here. Alta Lodge provides the ideal setting for such a generative retreat, while at the same time cultivating a sense of community that lasts long after the event itself.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS


SCRIBBLER
The summer issue of the Scribbler will be all about love: all kinds of love--love for one's parents, children or pets; for one's birthplace or a particular landscape; or one's work or avocation. All submissions should be sent to Karnit@LMI.netor via snail mail to Kayla Sussell at 420 45th Street, Oakland, CA 94609.
Deadline: June 15, 2016

2016 FOUR WAY BOOKS OPEN SUBMISSIONS PERIOD
Open to all poets and fiction writers. Book-length poetry collections, story collections and novellas. They do not publish novels, translations, or non fiction. Submissions accepted on-line (preferred) and by mail.
Deadline: June 30, 2016

THE ADROIT JOURNAL OPEN SUBMISSIONS PERIOD
Submit your prose, poetry or artwork. For prose, submit up to 3 pieces at a time, 3,000 words maximum. For poetry, submit up to 8 poems at a time, no length limits. For art, submit up to 8 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.
Deadline: August 11, 2016

CALL FOR PRIZES AND FELLOWSHIPS


CHARLOTTE MEW CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Headmistress Press, publisher of poetry books by lesbians, Lesbian Poet Trading Cards, and Lavender Review, is proud to announce their second annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Their first-prize winner will be selected by Ellen Bass and will receive a $250 honorarium plus 20 copies of the winning book. Headmistress Press will also announce finalists, and may choose to publish other books from among the submitted manuscripts.
Deadline: July 4, 2016

LILITH'S MALKA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
The Malka Foundation Fellowship is a perfect opportunity for the right person, someone who wants to work at the intersection of Jewish culture, feminism, and the media world. This is a one-year, full-time fellowship with the possibility of extending for a second year.
Deadline: June 10, 2016

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST
The contest winner will receive 25 copies of her/his book and a prize of $200. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 32 pages.
Deadline: June 15, 2016


COMSTOCK REVIEW MURIEL CRAFT BAILEY AWARD
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

CRAB ORCHARD SERIES IN POETRY FIRST BOOK AWARD
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have not published a book of poems of over 48 pages in an edition of over 500 copies are eligible. Jennifer Richter will judge. 
Deadline: July 8, 2016

THE BOOAT BOOK PRIZE
The Boaat Book Prize is awarded annually to an emerging poet who has not previously published a book of poems. Manuscripts should be 48 to 75 pages of poetry. Dorianne Laux will judge.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

RATTLE POETRY PRIZE
A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

GOOD NEWS FROM ELLEN BASS’S CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS

If you've been a student of mine and have an announcement to share, please send to my assistant, Jen Petras, at jpeachtree23@gmail.com for inclusion in the next mailing. PLEASE NOTE: Jen's email has changed.

SUSAN SCHAEFER BERNARDO has a poem in the All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood anthology published by Sage Hill Press, and The Rhino Who Swallowed a Stormher rhyming children's book collaboration with LeVar Burton, was sent via rocket to the International Space Station for Story Time from Space. The book was also recently read out loud by LeVar and First Lady Michelle Obama together to kids on a military base.

KAYE CLEAVE had a poem published in Snapdragon.

KAREN S. CORDOVA's poetry book, Farolito, was featured in a poetry reading and book signing by Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

PAMELA DAVIS was recently chosen as a semi-finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize and had a poem published in Snapdragon.

KATE EVANS's memoir, Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit and Travel, is one of three finalists in the memoir/biography category of the Bisexual Book Awards. She will be reading with the other finalists on Friday, June 3 at the Westbeth Artists Housing and Center for the Arts in New York City.


KATIE FLAHERTY was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grant, and was one of the poets who read at the International Festival of Authors' Battle of the Bards at  Harbourfront in Toronto for National Poetry Month. She was also asked to give a poetry writing workshop for staff at the Toronto East General Hospital.

MADELYN GARNER's manuscript, Hum of Our Blood, was one of three books selected in the July Open cohosted by Tupelo Press and 3: A Taos Press for publication in 2017.


CATHERINE GORNICK had two poems accepted by Evening Street Review.
 
JEANIE GREENSFELDER had poems accepted at Yale’s The PerchThema, Persimmon Tree, and in Diane Lockward's forthcoming book, The Crafty Poet II. She also had an essay and poem published in the On Being Blog.
 
ROBERTA GREIFER's poetry was published in the current online issue of Vistas & Byways. Another poem will appear in the upcoming Porter Gulch Review.

PABLO MIGUEL MARTINEZ's collection, Cuent@, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. The manuscript was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Press' 2014 Open Competition.

PAT MCCUTCHEON's collection, Slipped Past Words, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015.

JULIE MURPHY will have a poem published in the winter issue of Calyx.

GAIL NEWMAN had two poems accepted by Prairie Schooner.

DION O'REILLY had a poem accepted into Porter Gulch Review.

ERIN REDFERN won the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award.

BARB REYNOLDS had a poem published in Calyx.

ROLLAND VASIN's work was included in the recently launched anthologies The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles and Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. He was also accepted into the Aspen Words 2016 Juried Poetry Workshop, a program of the Aspen Institute.


CYNTHIA WHITE will have a poem published in the Catamaran Literary Journal and Calyxand was recently chosen as a semi-finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize.
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