Young writers opportunity!

Between the Lines: Identity & Belonging will include US-based Muslim and non-Muslim students, who will come together for one week of intensive creative writing workshops in Iowa City, Iowa. Tuition, room, board and travel will be fully covered by Iowa Writer’s Program for this special session; funding opportunities are available for the first session.

Please visit our website, share these details with your young writers, and feel free to disseminate the attached flyers. We’re going to have a wonderful summer!

https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines/2017-between-the-lines

Update: PoemVillage deadline extended to March 20

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teapot singing on the stove,

blizzard in the Park.

PoemVillage Saranac Lake

Overcome with the excitement of this winter’s first real snowstorm, we’re extending the deadline to submit your poems to PoemVillage until Monday, March 20! Anyone with ties to the Tri-Lakes region is encouraged to write a new poem, or submit that poem you wrote a while back. All submissions are accepted, and will be on display in downtown businesses for the month of April. Submit your poems here!

An Invitation to Apply

The Latin@ scholarship which provides full funding, including tuition, room, board, and travel, to the Conference on Poetry, July 10 – 16, this summer at The Frost Place.

The Frost Place is a small non-profit center for the arts headquartered out of Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, nestled in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. At the Conference on Poetry, the scholarship winner will have the opportunity to study at The Frost Place with faculty including Martha Rhodes, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Maudelle Driskell, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Michael Klein, Matthew Olzmann, and Collier Nogues.

This scholarship is designed to encourage the Latin@ voice in poetry and the literary arts, both at The Frost Place and in the broader literary community. The ideal applicant would self-identify as Latin@, would have a strong commitment to the Latin@ community, and be a minimum of 21 years of age. The application deadline, May 31, is approaching. There is no fee to apply, and the application is fully electronic. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities at The Frost Place, such as the Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets, please see our submissions page.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best,

Daniel Levin

Assistant to the Director

The Frost Place

www.frostplace.orgDonate

P – 603.823.5510

E – dlevin@frostplace.org

Celebratory Book Launch to honor Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday

Celebratory Book Launch to honor Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday

When: February 15, 2017, 7pm.

Where: Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake

THE BOOK: Sandra Weber’s new title: The Woman Suffrage Statue, A History of the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the U.S. Capitol (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016)

For more information, contact:
• Karen Davidson, lakeflowerlanding@gmail.com 917-887-6342
• Sandra Weber, weber@sandraweber.com 518-873-1137

Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday at a Book Launch at Lake Flower Landing

Sandra Weber’s new book, The Woman Suffrage Statue (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016), recounts the jubilation, condemnation, and hullabaloo surrounding the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The 7-ton neoclassical work of art seemed destined to provoke controversy; it was an unconventional form with a strange unfinished appearance, composed of portraits of real women and a mysterious fourth hump, and inscribed with a provocative message.

From its conception by sculptor Adelaide Johnson as separate busts in the 1890s, there was little hope of getting marble portraits of women into the United States Capitol; Congressmen didn’t want women—real or marble—“puttering around” on the hill. In 1920, as the ratification of the woman suffrage amendment appeared likely, the National Woman’s Party commissioned Adelaide Johnson to sculpt new versions of the three busts and place them atop a large pedestal. The eccentric, passionate artist decided to merge the busts and pedestal into one large, group sculpture, an extremely difficult and risky task. Despite earthquakes, labor strikes, and quirky accidents at her studio in Carrara, Italy, Johnson completed the monument and placed it aboard an ocean-liner on January 1, 1921.

Despite women having the vote, it was still no easy task getting a woman’s statue into the Capitol. First, a Congressional committee labeled it ugly, calling it, “three women in a bathtub.” Finally, convinced to accept it, the 7-ton monument had to be moved up the steps and into the Rotunda. It did not fall through the floor as predicted, but it lasted in its rightful place of honor for only one day. For the next 76 years, it was relegated to the Crypt.

Women’s groups traditionally held celebrations on the lower level on February 15, Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. The statue was often neglected or misrepresented by Capitol guides. Even worse, the inscription on the back was erased. It was finally carried back upstairs to the prestigious Rotunda amidst hostile political battles and tricky maneuvering up a narrow staircase.

The statue is the national symbol of the woman’s movement. In her book about it, Weber also speaks to larger issues of woman’s rights/human rights. She brings new perspectives and new voices to women’s history, intermingling stories of art and activism for both the famous and the forgotten.

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Writers Open Mic Night

Writers Open Mic Night:  On Wednesday February 15at 7:00p.m.at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd,  writers, songwriters, aspiring writers and members of the public are invited to share and read or play  from their own work or to come and enjoy readings by others. Featured Writer and Emcee will be Susan Luther Kiesel.

Sue is a grandmother, avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast. Sue is also the author of  the children’s book “The Many Faces of Snowy Owls”.  In addition,she writes a column for Outdoor Adirondack magazine.

Registration for Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat open!

Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat
Registering now for June 2017

The Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat, open to a small group of men and women, is registering now for the event hosted in the Lake George region of New York’s Adirondacks. This retreat, the 24th such event organized by WAG member Perky Granger, and led this year by author/poet/teacher/public speaking coach Ira Joe Fisher, begins the afternoon of Thursday, June 22 and ends Sunday, June 25. Held in a rental home with access to a small lake, the retreat offers workshops, free writing time, as well as opportunities to consult privately with Ira, and to share work aloud with the group for feedback. Participants may stay on site (expect to share a room) or commute daily. Family-style meals are prepared on site by participants. Participant cost may be reduced by arranging to supply a lunch or supper. For more information, visit www.PersisGranger.com or contact Perky at PersisGranger@aol.com.

Illustrator seeking children’s poet for partnership

Local illustrator Catherine LaPointe Vollmer is seeking poets from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis counties to participate in a public art project. Submit your original poetry written for children to LaPointeArt@gmail.com until March 31. Catherine will selecting approximately 10 poems to be illustrated and put on display at the Potsdam Public Library this summer, along with a poetry reading by the poets during the library’s Storytime. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

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