After Word of Art 3

Before the fall…

 

I fully expect to skin both knees.
To roll an ankle or miss the last step completely and land on my butt. Hard.

If pride goes before the fall, my wipe-out is inevitable.
Because I couldn’t be more proud.

We just wrapped up Word of Art 3 and it was everything I hoped, planned, and really, really wanted it to be.

Burpee Museum of Natural History was a phenomenal venue for our exhibition and book release reception and working with Dennis Harezlak and Lily Pocs was wonderful. The 56 pieces of printed Word and painted, collaged, ceramic, photographic, framed, dimensional, bright, dark, elaborate, simple, touching, unique Art were displayed beautifully thanks to Kristin Oakley, Debbie Deutsch, Kathy Baker, Kathleen Weber, and Lynda Johnson. The accompanying book was elegantly designed by Jean Oberg. The room allowed enough tables and chairs for all attendees to sit comfortably and view the Author/Artist program with ease. Kathleen Tresemer did a phenomenal job as host and both the Word Judge, John Bradley, and Art Judge, Roni Golan, were in attendance to announce their winning selections. The food provided by Kristin Oakley, Christina Lamphere, and myself, was plentiful, colorful, and delicious. The evening was captured by photographers Caitlin Podemski, Nate Iverson, and Krystle Tyler. Nicole Frazer and the Jefferson High School student volunteers assisted throughout the evening and were superstars come clean-up time. In Print board members, Lisa Roettger, Ted Iverson, and Margie Seger, offered two tables for introductions, information, and sales.

Thank you to everyone who has participated, volunteered, or otherwise supported Word of Art over the past few years. I blogged last week about “being one proud mama“. I birthed an idea for a creative collaboration and it grew. I did not do it alone.
Thank you for being my village.

Word of Art 3 will be my last Word of Art.

It was a stellar event and I am absolutely bursting with pride.
Color me prideful.
I am the blueberry girl of pride. Roll me to the juicer.
The good news? If pride truly does goeth before the fall, I know there will be a handful of amazing people there to catch me.

Which makes my spirit even more haughty.
I am dangerously proud.
Thank you.

Meet our WoA3 Word Judge, JOHN BRADLEY

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Word of Art has consistently brought together the complimentary expressive forms of word and art. In our third year of collaborations, we welcome author and teacher John Bradley as our Word Judge. John will read through the twenty-eight selected essay, prose, and poetry submissions and select three runners-up and one winner to be announced following the program at the Word of Art 3 Exhibition and Book Release Reception, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

John Bradley is the author of Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello (Word Works), now in a second edition, Terrestrial Music (Curbstone), War on Words (BlazeVOX), You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (CSU Poetry Center), Trancelumination (Lowbrow Press), and And Thereby Everything (Longhouse).

His poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, Ironwood, Lake Effect, Rolling Stone, and other journals.

His prose poems have been anthologized in No Boundaries, and his aphorisms in Short Flights.

He is the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffeehouse Press), Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader (Univ. of Arizona Press), and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters Press).

He frequently reviews books of poetry for Rain Taxi.

John is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize in poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry.

He received an M.A. in English from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.

He resides in DeKalb, IL and teaches at Northern Illinois University.

Word of Art 3 is honored to have John Bradley as our Word Judge.

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Hamilton!

The Writers as Readers book club has selected Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter for their February 7th book discussion.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages—”since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda—traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.
–Overview from the Barnes & Noble book listing

The WaR book club meetings are free and open to the public. They meet at the Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Linda at lindak0003@comcast.net

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Place:  Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall
Book: Hamilton: The Revolution

September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities

Meet the Publisher

Writers are invited to meet with Josh Stevens, publisher and editor at Reedy Press, during the September general meeting of In Print Professional Writers Organization (IPPWO) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 10, at the Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E Main Street, Cherry Valley.

IPPWO members, as well as non-members, may bring their ideas to discuss with Stevens and his representative, Molly Page, and hear what Reedy Press is seeking from writers.

Page is the author of  100 Things to do in Chicago before You Die, a regional best seller. According to Stevens, Page is a marketing dynamo, and is taking the lead for Reedy in acquiring new regional titles on Chicago / Illinois.

Bring Your Book Pitches

Stevens plans to be available to speak with authors individually for 10 to 15 minute time slots, and to take proposals for books.  A variety of non-fiction subjects may be proposed such as history, communities of note, tourism, food, institutions, iconic neighborhoods, guide books, sports. Include your bios and any information on published work you wish to mention in a package for Stevens to review. Continue reading “September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities”

In Print 2015 – A Year in Review

In Print provides a strong learning environment for writers of all ages, abilities and genres to grow in their craft and career. In addition to support and networking, we offer monthly meetings, guest speakers, workshops, writing retreats, field trips, contests, a monthly newsletter, and connections with the publishing world.

In Print sponsors Word of Art- a collaboration of authors and artists, In Print Radio, The Prompt Club, and Writers as Readers Book Club.

As an affiliate of Chicago Writers Association, In Print members are invited to participate in Printers’ Row, Speaker’s Bureau, Windy City Reviews, Write City Magazine, Book of the Year Awards, and many other literary opportunities. In Print and CWA co-host the annual Writers’ Block Party.

Continue reading “In Print 2015 – A Year in Review”

In Print partners with ELC for Fall ArtScene with Word of Art 2

In Print Professional Writers’ Organization and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Art@Emmanuel, and the Center for the Arts and Spirituality, are proud to bring Word of Art 2 to Fall ArtScene 2015.

Word of Art 2 is a collaboration of Authors and Artists. The show is comprised of 35 artists’ canvases that were inspired by the written word. All of the poems, essays, and short stories and their accompanying works of art will be available for viewing in Emmanuel’s Celebration Room Gallery. Many of the canvases are available for sale. Also available to purchase is a full color, hard cover, beautiful publication that includes the Words and Art.

Please join us on Friday, October 2nd from 5 to 9 pm & Saturday, October 3rd from 4 to 9 pm for ArtScene.

Word of Art 2 Authors and Artists
are invited to attend the receptions and read their pieces and describe their art. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your published work to a whole new audience. Please contact Ruth Ann Molyneaux @ 815-218-5149 if you would like to schedule a reading.

Hors d’oeuvres & sweets will be served.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave., at the corner of 6th St & 3rd Ave in MidTown. Use the North entrance off of the 2nd Ave parking lot.

For more information, please visit: www.EmmanuelLutheranRockford.org or http://www.fallartscene.com/

Lovers of both Word and Art enjoy the Word of Art 2 gallery exhibition at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Lovers of both Word and Art enjoy the Word of Art 2 gallery exhibition at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Word of Art 2 Invited to Join Fall ArtScene!

Authors and Artists! Readers and Admirers! Friends and Family! Big news!

The Gallery at Emmanuel Lutheran Church has invited us to extend the Word of Art 2 Exhibition as part of Fall ArtScene!

That is quite an honor!

Rockford hosts a Spring and Fall ArtScene which brings out thousands of art-lovers to galleries and studios all over town, to enjoy new exhibits of original works. ArtScene attracts many fans. It’s free, and it’s fun for both the browser and the buyer.  If available, we encourage participants to return to the Gallery during these times to share your work with a whole new audience.  Fall ArtScene is Friday, October 2, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, October 3, from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

In addition to ArtScene, the ELC Gallery is available for viewing on weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, October 1. Enter through the north entrance, off Second Ave.

We appreciate this opportunity and graciously thank ELC for their help!

The Word of Art 2 Reception will be Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the Author / Artist Presentations beginning at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.