March 3, 2017 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. -- 1st Friday's Not Dead Yet Poetry Reading with Tania Pryputniewicz - Inspiration Gallery, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA.
Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens
A Joint Poetry Workshop co-taught by Lisa Rizzo and Tania Pryputniewicz
Saturday March 4th, 2017
10-12 am at San Diego Writers, Ink
$30 fee (members of SDWI) or $36 non-member includes copy of Lisa Rizzo’s “Always a Blue House”
In Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, December 2016), Lisa Rizzo’s poems range between the earthbound house of human perception and the limitless plane of soul questions elicited by opening one’s heart to the blue angel of poetry. Whether she is listening in the depths of the Oregon Caves for “what had not yet been unearthed” or asking of her readers, “will you follow me?” Rizzo’s questions linger: “What gifts do I give?” “Does faith remain when memory is lost?” In November Butterfly, Tania Pryputniewicz introduces the reader to the lives of iconic women. Through personae poems, she explores metaphors and offers similar invitations: “Let us begin with the worm / its translucent omen…”
Join both poets for a two-hour workshop exploring the ways we can use metaphors, questions, and omens to write the poetry of our lives. Bring pencil and paper and write with us. Class time will allow for a close look at a few poems from each writer’s collection as a starting point for creating your own work, writing time, and sharing time. Course fee includes a copy of Rizzo’s Always a Blue House.
Lisa Rizzo is the author of Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and the chapbook, In the Poem an Ocean (Big Table Publishing, 2011). Her work has also appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies such as Calyx Journal, Naugatuck River Review, and DoveTales “Nature” An International Journal of the Arts. Two of her poems received 1st and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Maggi H. Meyer Poetry Prize competition. Having spent 23 years teaching middle school language arts, she is now an instructional coach, working with teachers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached online at www.lisarizzopoetry.com.
Tania Pryputniewicz is a co-founding blogger for Tarot for Two and Mother Writer Mentor. Saddle Road Press published her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly, in 2014. Poems are forthcoming in A Year In Ink, The Chiron Review, Everyday Haiku Anthology, Nimrod International Journal, and Whale Road Review. She teaches a monthly poetry workshop for San Diego Writers, Ink and lives in Coronado, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Husky, and a portly housecat named Luna. She can be found online at www.taniapryputniewicz.com.
March 8, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. -- Not Dead Yet Poetry Reading with Peter Carroll - Main Gallery, 1018 Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA. 94063
April 29, 2017 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. -- Poetry Reading with Sherrirose Walker - Florey's Books, 2120 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA. 94044
June 8, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. -- Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series - Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA.
Always a Blue House Launch and Birthday Party
December 3, 2016
It was a wonderful night. Thank you to all who came out to help me celebrate!
Sea Ranch Writing Retreat June 2016
With Tania Pryputniewicz, Ruth Thompson, Barbara Yoder, Barbara Rockman, Michelle Wing, Marcia Meier, Sandra Hunter and Jayne Benjulian.
A Room of Her Own Foundation Writer Retreat (August 2013)
In August 2013, I once again climbed up the mesa to the Tumbleweed bunkhouse at Ghost Ranch for A Room of Her Own Foundation's Writer Retreat. . As I expected, it was an exhilarating experience to write among red desert rocks under a brilliant sky. And I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be in the company of 100 brilliant women writers. I am inspired by their eloquent words and grateful for friendships, both new and renewed. Not even the cafeteria food could dampen my enthusiasm!
January 26th, 2013
This evening I was invited to be a featured reader along with Casey FitzSimons at Florey's Bookstore in Pacifica, CA. Our reading was followed by an open mic. Organized by Sherri Rose Walker, it was a wonderful evening with a full house of poetry fans.
February 12th, 2012
I received my awards from the Bay Area Poets Coalition. Two of my poems won 1st and 2nd prizes in 2 categories. Of course I’m thrilled! One of the poems, “Sunrise With Mountain” was born during my week at Ghost Ranch.
I attended the week long AROHO Women Writer’s Retreat at Ghost Ranch -- What an inspiring place to be with such a fantastic group of creative women writers. I tried to channel Georgia O’Keefe’s creative spirit as much as possible. I wrote and wrote and wrote...