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Rose Solari is Judging this year’s Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize
From Brickhouse Books:
We are looking for a full-length (42-64 pp.) poetry manuscript about a woman (or women) who challenged expectations or broke the mold. Our judge is noted poet, Rose Solari. The prize is publication plus $250. The contest opens for submissions in September.
Brickhouse Books is accepting entries Sept. 1, 2018, to January 4, 2019, via Submittable. Accommodations available for members of the disability community.Find out more »
Oct. 8-12 10am-12:30pm
This poetry workshop at Politics and Prose is designed to help keep your creative juices flowing, to encourage you to explore some of the many choices of form and language available to you as a poet, and to allow you to take chances with your work.
For those who already feel comfortable sharing their poetry in a workshop setting, and who expect serious critique. Participants should bring a recent poem to the first session, during which they will be given an array of exercises and suggestions to start the poem-a-day process. From then on, each participant should bring a new poem to every meeting. The workshop is designed to help get your creative juices flowing, to encourage you to explore some of the many choices of form and language available to you as a poet, and to allow you to take chances with your work. We will also explore strategies for revision.
More info soon on the Politics and Prose websiteFind out more »
OCT 18 10am-12:30pm & OCT 25 10am-12:30pm
This poetry workshop at Politics and Prose is led by Rose Solari, distinguished author of The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather. It is designed to help experienced poets revise a “stuck” poem and bring it to a satisfying completion.
All poets have them. Whether stuffed in a drawer or buried in a computer file – those poems which started so promisingly, and then, somehow, stalled. This 2-session workshop will give you a chance to rethink a “problem” poem, and see it through to a satisfying revision in the company of other writers struggling with the same issue. The week before our first meeting, each participant will submit one such poem to the group. These poems will be the focus of our discussion, as we examine first the strengths of each, and then move to possible strategies for revision. Along the way, we’ll explore the elements of poetry, focusing particularly on line and stanza breaks, voice, and sound, and uncover how those elements come to form a unified, meaningful whole. The following week, we’ll meet again, revisions in hand, for more group discussion. Be ready to stretch your comfort zone, expand your poetry toolbox, and have fun.
Both meetings will take place at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC
Meeting one: Thursday, 10/18/2018, 10am-12:30pm
Meeting two: Thursday, 10/25/2018, 10am-12:30pm
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Come join Rose and David for an evening of poetry at Second Story Books on Dupont Circle.
The Dupont Circle store, frequently cited as one of the best bookstores in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine, The City Paper and various consumer polls, marks its 40th anniversary in 2018. An historic year calls for an historic reading series! For every month thus far of 2018 Second Story has hosted two noteworthy authors for intimate readings. For the month of October, David Gewanter and ASP’s Rose Solari will be swapping stories and poems in a unique and cozy environment, surrounded on all sides by rare and collectible books. Come out to support poetry at Second Story Books!
David Gewanter is the author of several collections of poetry, including In the Belly(1997), winner of Ploughshares’s John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and War Bird (2009). Gewanter writes a layered, lyrical poetry of ideas that often explores themes of family, nature, and reason. Reviewing The Sleep of Reason (2003), a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, poet David Orr described Gewanter as “a writer who seems to possess that most curious and necessary of literary attributes—a moral vision.”Gewanter’s honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress. His poetry has been included in The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier) and New Voices (2002, ed. Heather McHugh).
Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, in which she also performed; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; the Jung Society of Washington; and The Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University’s Kellogg College. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award, an EMMA award for excellence in journalism, and multiple grants.Find out more »
Come join Rose for an evening of poetry at Zed’s Cafe on the 2nd of November. She will be reading from her three poetry collections and novel. Zed’s is known for its delicious dark roast and Rose for her intimate reading style.
Grace Cavalieri says, “No one reads poetry like Rose Solari. She enters the essence of each word with a voice, making meaning become spirit. I think her great gift is the understanding that language can make you feel what the speaker experiences…so she proceeds to make you feel her passion, her wit, and love.”
February 4th-8th from 10:00AM to 12:30PM
This February poet and author, Rose Solari, offers a new version of her popular A Poem a Day workshop with an emphasis on what the great singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel called “Digging in the Dirt” — delving deep into memory and past experiences to find the materials for meaningful poems. The Workshop will take place at Politics and Prose.Find out more »
The event is titled: “Building to a Crescendo: A Poetry Reading”
The event will be hosted by Steve Allen MayFind out more »
In honor of National Poetry Month, Poet Rose Solari is teaching a one-session seminar, “Five Great Poems,” in which participants will read and discuss five poems by contemporary masters of the form: Tony Hoagland, Anne Sexton, Derek Walcott, Natasha Tretheway, and Stanley Plumly.
You can register here: https://www.politics-prose.com/class/five-great-contemporary-poems-1944Find out more »
Rose Solari recently judged a contest for Baltimore publishing house, Brickhouse Books, entitled “The Wicked Woman Book Prize.” She will be presenting the award to Linda Quinlan at the Arts Club of Washington. Free but RSVP required
“Brickhouse Books is proud to present Linda Quinlan, whose manuscript Chelsea Creek won the Wicked Woman Book Prize. Linda will receive her prize and read from her work at a luncheon at the Arts Club of Washington on September 12, 2019. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at www.artsclubofwashington.org/events.”Find out more »
Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson will be reading their poetry alongside sculptor and poet, Jay Hall Carpenter as part of the DiVerse Gaithersburg poetry series. An open mic will follow the reading.Find out more »