Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2012 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Elizabeth Robinson is teaching a writing workshop at the Iowa University this summer.
This particular workshop is titled (Spiritual) Autobiography June 24 - 29.
Among some of the poets she will examine, are Frank O'Hara, Thomas Merton and one of her most
beloved poets, Frank Samperi. Click on the link below for more information.


Every life includes crucial twists and turns, those moments on which deepest values and meanings hinge. This workshop will work to help writers recognize those moments in writing. Thus, by “spiritual” we mean shifts and turns that define the writer in surprising ways, adding new dimension to his or her life. (These may be overtly “religious” or unconventional.) We will examine works from prose writers from Augustine to Zora Neale Hurston and Jeanette Walls and poets from Sappho to Frank O’Hara and Thomas Merton. Assuming that the most important experiences are difficult to tame in language, we’ll use every resource we can conjure, doing writing from multiple genres: conventional prose, poetry, parable, even playwriting. Writers at all levels are welcome in this workshop; we will generate new writing every day, but will also gladly consider works-in-progress that class members bring to the table.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Frank

Happy Birthday greetings to Frank today who would have been almost 80.
What wonderful discussions we would have had. But he speaks through his poetry and  letters and tells me much about himself, his poetry, friends and critics and Dante.
Let's both drink to Frank today and celebrate a person, a life and an extraordinary body of work!

From Conrad.

Thank you so much Conrad for this!
Love Claudia

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Joan Baez

Just watched this amazing docmentary on Joan Baez - check it out

Features rare performance footage and candid interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, ex-husband David Harris, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and more
Joan Baez made her debut appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Fifty years later she returned to that same Rhode Island stage on August 2, marking her and the festival’s 50th anniversaries. She is presently on a worldwide tour in celebration of her 50 years as a performer and in support of her Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow.