Monday, October 30, 2006
So I’ll be grading papers all weekend. Yea! Kevin and I were going to come to the Devil’s Kitchen, but he is doing catch up, and I am doing a balancing act (both, for academia).
I am currently working on a manuscript for helping incoming freshmen (Summer Bridge) make that transition from high school to college. For some reason I realized that they go from teenagers to adults in a small span of time (May/June –August). After reading the Freedom Writers Diary we came up with our own, tentatively titled: Our Last Summer: Six Weeks of Writing to Independence. Through journaling they are able to address their fears, concerns, weaknesses, strengths, and discoveries of their goals and dreams. I plan on using this as a learning tool for future Summer Bridge students, in conjunction with IPFW’s Sociology Department, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services, and the Writing Center. They have all been instrumental in the project, and in the development of the students.
(Note: Curtis teaches at his undergraduate alma mater, IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). His first book of poems, Tough Boy Sonatas, is forthcoming.)
I have totally used CRWROPPS to get my journal pubs. They have all been in E-Zines, and, per Rodney's suggestion, I have used my Mother's maiden name 'Trebellas' as my writer's name. My father always resisted, while my Mother assisted, so I think that's fair. After getting into some electronic journals, I decided to stick with them, mainly because they were interesting to me and a little strange (to my generation). It surprised me how astute some of the editors are--especially the ones who liked my poems ;). If I didn't take the E's seriously before, I do now. A few of them even struck up conversations and I was delighted to have some clever new friends. The transition to print journals seems intimidating. After the MFA, I just wanted to write more poems while I had the momentum. The E-Journals seemed friendly and it was less trouble to click "send" than lick stamps.
I have been taking jobs here and there--doing most anything. I own my old gas station, so I don't need much money, and my health is holding up. I have tried to keep a high level of involvement in writing. I spent two semesters as a kind of guest coach at WIU where I worked with grad students who submitted a creative thesis. This allowed me to get some of my own new poems critiqued. A high point for me was a visit to the CCCC convention in Chicago where I saw Teresa Kramer, and my old subversive friend Dr. Strickland. For now, I want to start entering contests. I have a chapbook ready and have about a third of the poems in it taken. When I get around half of them taken, I'll be ready to send it out along with many dollars.
Hi to everyone! Allison, Jon, Rodney, Judy, and Mag. To my workshop peers, you know I miss you all. Hopefully, I'll see some of you at this years Devil's Kitchen. Ta, you Speedsters! Steve
Sunday, October 29, 2006
2007 FSPA Contest Guidelines
Thursday, October 26, 2006
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Thursday, October 12, 2006
Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts
Commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Illinois Arts Council, this poignant and inspiring film interweaves the compelling stories of four artists in widely divergent mediums living and working in Illinois. Trumpeter and composer Orbert Davis, Carbondale poet and educator Allison Joseph, large scale metal sculptor Dessa Kirk of Chicago, and Albany Park Theatre Project co-founder/co-director Laura Wiley speak candidly about the challenges, sacrifices and rewards of their work, and the importance of “passing the torch” to young and developing artists.
In Chicago, "Beauty Rises" will air twice (on the 12th at 8 and on the 15th at 6 pm. In southern Illinois, it will air on WSIU on the 12th at 11pm. It will also be on the internet at the WTTW website (www.wttw.com/arts).
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Reading from their work will be MFA students Alex Lumens (fiction), Martin Call (poetry) and Will Tyler (poetry). The reading is sponsored by the Graduate Writers Forum and the MFA Program in Creative Writing. All are welcome.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The first of a series of "In-House" Graduate Student Readings will
happen this October 4th at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the SIUC Student
Center Illinois Room.
Reading from their work will be MFA students/fiction writers Jared
Sexton and Andrew Lewellen, along with MFA student/poet Kerry James
SIUC's undergraduate magazine, Grassroots, will hold its first open
mike reading of the semester on October 5, 8 pm to 10 pm, at the Long
Branch Coffee House, 100 East Jackson Street, in Carbondale.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
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Rodney Jones will be reading from his new collection, Salvation Blues, at the Southern Festival of Books in Memphis, TN on Sunday, October 15, from 12 noon to 1 pm.
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