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Register now and we'll send a reminder a week before the event, and the day of the event!
4:00-5:00pm Zoom on Sundays once a month
Poem & Prompt Social Club - Meet Monthly Via Zoom
Christine Kitano, Tompkins County Poet Laureate, started a Poem and Prompt Social Club at the May Spring Writes Event. She will be meeting those interested monthly throughout 2021-2022 (on Zoom for the foreseeable future) for discussion and generative prompts. Readings will be selected from the Best American Poetry 2020 anthology, guest edited by Paisley Rekdal. (If you are interested, but can not be at this meeting, e-mail Christine at email@example.com.) Readings and discussion will be geared toward adult beginners, but all levels are welcome.
Christine will always send out emails with registration and poem info, but you can check my website for updates as well: http://www.christinekitano.com/poetryclub
Thursday, July 15
Workshop: Ecstatic Ekphrastics: Poems Alongside Visual Art
with Dan Rosenberg. Ever since Homer described Achilles’ shield in The Iliad, poets have been writing in response to visual art. Though "ekphrasis" literally means “description,” ekphrastic poems can do more than describe the art they’re responding to: Some imagine being inside it, some imagine the process of creating it, and some expand the world of the art object beyond its physical boundaries. In this workshop, we will take a whirlwind tour across the centuries of some different approaches to writing poetry alongside visual art, and then we will all write a poem in response to a single work of art. Hopefully, our efforts will combine to enrich not only the artwork we all responded to, but each other’s poems, as well.
July 15th Registraton HERE for Ecstatic Ekphrastics
Thursday, Sept. 9
Workshop/Adventure: Escape a Room of One's Own: A Writing Adventure
with Lizzie Frank. An interactive workshop/adventure! Over Zoom, individuals will be lead through the fantastic story of the long-lost library hidden behind Taughannock Falls. To find the library’s treasure and escape the beasts within, writers will have to race against the clock to construct rhyming poems, haikus, one-sentence horror stories, fill-in-the blanks and more. They will be tested on their knowledge of famous passages and authors, explore new formats for their personal writing, and enjoy a group activity amongst literary-focused individuals. Challenges will use the chat and/or unmute during the budgeted time. The foremost purpose of this event is to encourage participants to utilize new styles in their writing and to emerge with new works and ideas.
Sept. 9th Registraton HERE for Escape a Room of One's Own
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Workshop: A Playwright’s Approach to Dialogue for Novels
with Judith Pratt. Novel writers sometimes struggle with writing dialogue. Playwrights *only* write dialogue! How do we do that? A playwright-turned-novel writer will provide questions to ask your characters that will clarify how they talk. (For example, do they use short or long sentences?) The session will include dialogue writing exercises and discussion.
Sept. 22nd Registraton HERE for A Playwright's Approach
Thursday, Sept. 23
Workshop: A Demystification of Songwriting
Join song writers Jennie Lowe Stearns, Johnny Dowd, and Mary Lorson break down their individual writing practice. We will investigate this craft with hopes to reveal as much of the mystery of the process as possible. Each will perform a song or two that they have recently written. We will also address the deeper questions surrounding why we write songs and what are some surprising effects the process has on us in our lives. Please join us!
Sept. 23rd Registraton HERE for A Demystification of Songwriting
Tuesday, Sept. 28th
Workshop: Try Your Hand at Cartooning!;
with Pedro X. Molina, an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist: A workshop on expressing yourself visually by creating a cartoon. Gather paper and whatever you're comfortable with –– pencil, markers, watercolors, even a digital tablet. Drawing experience nice but not necessary.
Sept. 28th Registration HERE for Cartooning with Pedro X. Molina
Thursday, Sept. 30th
Workshop: Writing for the Latinx Community
Workshop with novelist and short story writer Raul Palma for the Latinx Community.
Sept. 30th Registraton HERE for Writing for the Latinx Community
Thursday, October 28
Workshop: Activism is a Joke
The program creator of "Motherhood is a Joke," Yael Saar, will demonstrate using comedy as a path towards personal healing and social change. We will support participants in exploring how their personal stories and challenges can be sources for nuanced comedic content that can have a profound influence on their audience. We will discuss ways of achieving these goals, and give participants some structured time to write and share their writing.
Oct. 28 Registraton HERE for Activism is a Joke
Thurs, Nov. 18th
Workshop: A New Mourning- growing through grief
with Regi Carpenter. "There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” Longfellow A New Mourning utilizes the power of the written and spoken word in to gently and creatively guide us through the labyrinth of life after a death. Death changes people. Learning to negotiate life anew can be daunting, confusing, disorienting and frightening. Fundamental questions such as who am I, what will my life be now, what is my identity and purpose? These questions can lead to feelings of overwhelming despair, fear and confusion. But times of change are also times of opportunity. A New Mourning honors the pain and confusion one feels after experiencing a death while exploring the immense opportunity for growth, and the possibility of renewed hope and purpose.
Nov. 18th Registraton HERE for A New Mourning - Growing through Grief
Panel: Writing for the Ears
This panel, featuring Nick Salvato, Jeremy Braddock, Caroline Levine, Aoise Stratford and Katie Marks will discuss the challenges and delights of writing for audio. What considerations shape writing for performers we can't see? How are sounds used to create a landscape? How does narrative function in podcasts? And what changes in the process of adaptation for recorded or live listening? We'll talk about podcasts, radio plays, and the site specific 'headphone walking play' among other forms of writing for the ears. Watch HERE
Group Reading: Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
Join us for a Group Reading with local writers Mary Lorson (Creative Non-Fiction), Dan Kopcow (Fiction), David Guaspari (Creative Non-Fiction), Brenna Fitzgerald (Creative Non-Fiction) and Lizzie Frank (Fiction).
Reading: Poetry and the Pandemic
Hosted by the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL). "Poetry and the Pandemic: A Reading and Conversation". The Aladdin Poets, Peter Fortunato, Laura Glenn, Gail Holst-Warhaft, Jack Hopper, read poems composed during the time of the Pandemic.
Group Reading - Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
Join us for a group reading with local writers Mary Gilliland (Poetry), e. Stuelke (Fiction), Gregg Weatherby (Poetry), Dan Smalls (Creative Non-Fiction), and Clara Barnhart (Poetry).
Event: Literary Jeopardy!
This. Is. Jeopardy! Local author and veteran trivia host Bob Proehl presents a very special edition of Celebrity Literary Jeopardy, with all star contestants Samuel Buggeln, Artistic Director of the Cherry Artspace, Leslie Daniels, author of Cleaning Nabokov's House, and Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca. Grab a potent potable and watch these titans clash on a battlefield of book references and bad puns.
The Odyssey Bookstore Presents:
The Art of Reading, with Barbara Page
The Odyssey Bookstore on Green Street will be hosting a Zoom talk, "The Art of Reading," to introduce local artist Barbara Page's newly published book, Book Marks: An Artist's Card Catalog. This Event will include a conversation between Susan Curie (interim TCPL Head Librarian) and Barbara as well as a slide show examining how a visual artist came to write a book--- with many illustrations! Book Marks is a captivating blend of both art book and autobiography, showing us how significant books can leave indelible impressions on our lives. At its heart is an ongoing art project consisting of hundreds of compact artworks filed in a two-drawer library case. For more information or to order Book Marks, visit the Odyssey Bookstore's online store
Panel: Collected Work: On Writing Short Forms, and Gathering Them into Book Form
In this process-oriented, multi-genre panel discussion, we will consider not only the process of writing short stories and essays, but also the unique writing and curating process of arranging those pieces into a collected form. By what principles does a book progress and unfold when it is not simply a long narrative, as in a novel or memoir? How does a collection take shape? Leslie Daniels and Gina Nutt will discuss their essay collections and Emily Fridlund and Jack Wang will discuss their short story collections—exploring the work of combining and intertwining standalone short pieces in collected form, and how that process allows the individual pieces to complicate, amplify, and echo one another. Moderated by short story writer Kate Doyle.
Reading: Boyz n the Void: A Reading by G'Ra Asim and Jack Wang
Two professors of writing at Ithaca College share their debut works of nonfiction and fiction. G'Ra Asim will read from Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother, which blends music, cultural criticism, and personal essay to explore race, gender, class, and sexuality as they pertain to punk rock and straight edge culture. Jack Wang will read from We Two Alone, a collection of stories about the Chinese diaspora on five continents over the past hundred years. Readings followed by Q&A.
Shadows of 2020- New Ten Minute Plays
Sponsored by House of Ithaqua, "Shadows of 2020" was a 12-week workshop for local playwrights of varying experience levels to create, develop and revise brand new ten-minute plays that explore the surrealities of the year 2020. Participants took turns critiquing one another's plays while getting a crash course in the art of playwriting and taking part in writing exercises and developing community, a process that was equal parts joyful, challenging and cathartic. We are thrilled to present a reading of some of those plays! Participants: Rula Aslanis, Chris Dawson, Andrew Lorenzen, Will Wallace.
Black as Shakespeare
Black As Shakespeare is a presentation of the works of “The Bard” from Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes, SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin. You will experience the works of Shakespeare in a new and enlightening way. How do the words of Shakespeare resonate over thousands of years and new cultural experiences? What if Shakespeare was reincarnated in 2021 as a middle age Black couple who are writers and entertainers? What if Shakespeare was a talented Black R&B singer who sang their sonnets? What if Shakespeare was a talented Black whose Romeo and Juliet was not about the Mongagues and the Capulets, but about the Whites and the Blacks? Show up and find out.
Reading: Ithaca College Writing Students' Senior Project Showcase
Senior Writing majors from Ithaca College read excerpts from their final projects, which are works pursued independently while under the guidance of professor mentors. The event will cut across genres, including pieces from poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Senior Writing Students are Audra Joiner, Lauren Eng, Leah Skay, Georgia Riordan, and Allison Reynolds. This event was organized by CAP intern, Adam Dee.
Panel: The Crafty Look
What does a writer’s process look like? What if you pop the hood on craft at work, what would you see? A biographer, novelist, memoirist, and poet de-mystify the writing process. They share images of the actual work of research: spreadsheets, maps, photographs, lists, interviews, anything at all that contributes to their creative process and work with Amy Reading, Eleanor Henderson, Cory Brown, and Sorayya Khan.
Stolen Joy Project, Film Screening
Village at Ithaca will screen the Stolen Joy Project, a short film featuring a collection of stories from people of color, performed by local actors, recounting times when their joy was stolen by the oppressive hand of an education system designed to oppress. The screening will be followed by a short Q&A afterwards to expand the conversation around larger oppressive, racist systems that operate within public schools.
Trampoline Storytelling Competition: Climate Change and Social Justice
Trampoline is Ithaca's premiere monthly competitive storytelling event. For this very special edition of Trampoline, we are curating a night of some of our best storytellers sharing stories about climate change and social justice. This will be a live competitive event with local celebrity judges and the winner of the night receiving a great prize. Presented by Mickie Quinn.
The Senior Troupe of Lifelong performs Stories from their lives, a film and a talkback
The Senior Theatre Troupe of Lifelong performs stories from our lives as living history theatre. Each season the troupe picks a theme and writes a story, which is then refined both individually and collaboratively to create a staged reading to perform. The stories are both humorous and serious and are stories from their lives. This year, as we did last year, we will be showing a video of the troupe reading their stories about cars along with archival footage, photos, music and more. After the video, we will have a live talkback with troupe members. Troupe members in alphabetical order: Caryl Henry Alexander, Janie Bibbie, Emily Johnson, Carol Santucci, Michael Schaff, Jean Senegas, Deirdre Silverman, Mark Silverman and Paula Twomey.
Past and Present Tompkins County Poet Laureates
In 2001, the Tompkins County Legislature created the position of Tompkins County Poet Laureate to honor local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community, enrich the education of our young people, and enhance the county’s position as a cultural center. Join past and present Poet Laureates: Katharyn Howd Machan (2002-2004), Michelle Courtney Berry (2004-2006), Paul Hamill (2007-2009), Jay Leeming (2010-2011), Gail Holst-Warhaft (2011-2012), Jack Hopper (2015-2016), Melissa Tuckey (2019-2020), and current Poet Laureate Christine Kitano.
"Thursdays Writing Group" Readings
The Thursdays Writers Group Reads Again with "Writing Through the Pandemic." We are a group who has been writing together and sharing our work for many years. We are playwrights, published poets, a filmmaker, a songwriter, a scientist, performers and storytellers. Join Barbara Anger, Mara Alper, Stacey Murphy, Rob Sullivan, Saskya van Nouhuys, Ann Wexler, Aino Waller. and Yvonne Fisher.
Group Reading on the Theme of Social Justice
Join writers, both local and regional, reading work about Social Justice: Elizabeth Seldin (Fiction), Akua Hope (Poetry), Kuuka Dzigbordi Yomekpe (Creative Non-Fiction), Yael Daphne Saar (Poetry), and Karen Faris (Poetry).
Group Reading - mostly Poetry and a Book Juggler
Join local writers Roger Hecht (Poetry), Nora Snyder (Poetry), Stacey Murphy (Poetry), Tiffany Fleming (Poetry), and Chris Holmes (Promoting Literacy, then Book Juggling).
A Spring Posy: Playwrights in Performance
A virtual performance of short-short plays by a cornucopia of local (Tompkins County-based) playwrights and theater-makers curated by Ross Haarstad of Theatre Incognita. Playwrights include: Arthur Bicknell, Sarah K. Chalmers, Yvonne Fisher, Mikel Moss, Judith Pratt, Saviana Stanescu, Aoise Stratford, and Kristen Wright.
Students Who Stayed
Students Who Stayed is a creative writing reading by three Ithaca College students who made Ithaca their home after graduation. Local poets Bridget Meeds (Class of 1991), nicole v basta (Class of 2010), and Eric Machan Howd (Class of 1990) will share their poems and stories. Themes will include living in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Q&A follows!
Saltonstall Foundation Presents: Disability Futures and the Arts
If you are a writer or an artist with a disability, can you attend a residency or writing retreat? Join Lesley Williamson, Director of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and residency alum Stephen Kuusisto ('15), writer and disability activist for a discussion about disability, the arts, and how our understanding of design and accessibility is becoming more inclusive. As Kuusisto points out, “it’s been thirty years since the ADA was passed. This means the disabled are now part of everything.” In recent years, residency programs have played a more active role in examining the accessibility of their facilities and programs, and have worked to address barriers to participation for disabled artists. This promises to be a lively and free ranging conversation about art, architecture, equity, and the changing nature of contemporary spaces. Join us and learn more about Saltonstall's new accessible addition!
Watch HERE soon
Story House Ithaca Presents: Pandemic Dreams
Story House Ithaca organizers Jonathan Miller and Lesley Greene play selections from the community-sourced video project “Pandemic Dreams: A Post-COVID Fantasy,” then talk about plans for Story House. Story House Ithaca is a new organization that seeks to create spaces where people of all interests and backgrounds can come together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House defines “story” very broadly, to include works of literature, nonfiction, documentary, journalism, photography, audio, film, theater, puppetry, visual and performance art, graphics, song, dance, and every other way of communicating ideas and experience. For “Pandemic Dreams,” organizers asked community members to “unquarantine their imaginations” and create short videos about life after COVID. They responded with funny, touching, and exuberant songs, dances, animations, and other bits of whimsy. Website storyhouseithaca.org.