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Live Your Art Retreat  (Interlochen, Michigan)
May
29
to May 31

Live Your Art Retreat (Interlochen, Michigan)

Three-day, on-campus retreat with Holly Wren Spaulding.

May 29-31, 2019

at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Step away from the things that distract you from the creative project you most want to do this year. Make some space to contemplate powerful questions, clarify your purpose, and get some creative ideas about how to move forward.

This retreat will balance independent work time with inspiring group sessions where we'll use creative exercises distilled from Holly Wren Spaulding's research and collaborations in the fields of poetry, dance, performance, visual arts, activism, and meditation, to move you along the path toward living your art more fully.

Session take-aways will include strategies for resisting overwhelm, crippling doubt, and self-sabotage; a timeline for your project; a personal manifesto and artist statement; and tools to build accountability and commitment into your creative practice. Ideal for artists and makers who have a genuine desire to turn up the heat on their creative process.

*K-12 Educators: Earn 13 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop.

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Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems (Interlochen, Michigan)
Jul
8
to Jul 9

Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems (Interlochen, Michigan)

Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem.

July 8-9, 2019

at interlochen Center for the Arts


Minds are full and life may be overwhelming but a short poem can provide the pleasure of a moment pure attention. Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem. Informed by years of Zen study and haiku practice, she'll share some of her favorite poems of under 15 lines, and we'll come to a better understanding how they work, what makes them lovely, and how we can write some of our own.

Our aim: poems that move readers through through a combination of strong imagery, emotional immediacy, and musicality. Participants will leave the workshop with several short poems to revise and polish on their own. This course will be the best fit for writers who enjoy lively conversation, in-class writing prompts, and the chance to explore new approaches to the material that matters to them. Readings will include selections from Lorine Niedecker, Cid Corman, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, Jim Moore, Robert Lax, Harryette Mullen, Ikkyu, Basho, Buson, and others.

*K-12 Educators: Earn 7 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop.

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Small Pages Retreat (Leelanau County, Michigan)
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

Small Pages Retreat (Leelanau County, Michigan)

A one day writing and art-making retreat focused on contemplative practice, with artist Carol C. Spaulding and writer Holly Wren Spaulding.

July 12, 2019

at Carol C. Spaulding Studio, Maple City, MI

This half-day retreat is an opportunity to spend time in the studio, surrounded by art, poetry, luscious materials, and views of the sky and gardens, as we guide you through a process involving improvisational collage and other creative exercises to get you making objects of personal significance.

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Words on Fire 2019: Hot Lead and Letterpress for Writers
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Words on Fire 2019: Hot Lead and Letterpress for Writers

Words on Fire 2019: Hot Lead and Letterpress for Writers

In this hands-on workshop, writers of all kinds have the opportunity to print their own words on an antique restored letterpress. Submit up to 30 words by 4/11/19 and we'll cast them in hot lead for you to print in the workshop at Big Wheel Press with assistance from Lisa Hersey of Antler Editions and Holly Wren Spaulding of Poetry Forge. 

On April 14 you will learn how to cast your name in hot lead, set up your custom type, and micro-publish your work as postcard-size broadsides.

Take home a limited edition of 20 to frame, mail or give to friends and readers. 

Sunday, April 14th from 10am-1pm

$65

Space is limited, please register early via the Big Wheel Press website.

Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and bring a water bottle.

Big Wheel Press is now located on the ground floor of the Cottage Street Studios, please see our photographs and map. https://www.bigwheelpress.com/pages/contact

*When submitting your words, be careful to proofread carefully, and indicate line-breaks clearly, as we will be casting your words before you arrive. We will not be able to accommodate revisions. Please email your work to sales@bigwheelpress.com with the subject "Words on Fire Workshop." It is best to send your words over as a .jpeg or .pdf to avoid any formatting issues with line breaks. This could be as simple as a photograph of a screen or clearly written paper. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Reading at Geoffrey Young Gallery
Jan
26
5:30 PM17:30

Reading at Geoffrey Young Gallery

Poet and founder of Poetry Forge, Holly Wren Spaulding, will give a public reading in collaboration with performance and conceptual artist, Karen Dolmanisth. This event will close a group show entitled “Meshes,” at the Geoffrey Young Gallery in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 5:30 pm. FREE

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