Brass Bell

This is an invitation to submit haiku for the October 2017 issue of brass bell: an online haiku journal.

Theme: body haiku
(haiku about parts of the body)

Include reference to some body part (or the whole body) in your poem(s). Could be related to your body, or to someone else’s.

I will consider one-line and 3-line haiku.

I STRONGLY PREFER new work but previously published poems are okay as long as they do NOT require a credit line (attribution).

PLEASE send more than one poem! I will be looking for variety and the more choices I have, the better. Send up to 10 haiku for consideration.

Wednesday, September 20, 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.
HINT: it is better to send sooner rather than later!

Expected publication date: Sunday October 1, 2017


Paste your haiku in the body of an email — no attachments — and send to:

Be sure to include your name exactly as you wish it to appear, as well as your country. The list of countries will be noted at the top, not with each poem. PLEASE don’t forget to include your country, especially if you do not live in the U.S.A.

If you haven’t been to the brass bell site before then I urge you to visit; read the current issue and browse through the archives. This will also give you a good idea of what I am most drawn to.

Please do not post this invitation to groups, I don’t want to be overwhelmed! THANK YOU.

NOTE: I’ll acknowledge receipt of your submission. If I have questions or suggestions, or if I don’t feel I can use the haiku you sent, I will let you know. Otherwise, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised when you see what I have chosen, when the issue goes online. I’ll send you the link as soon as I publish the October issue.

I look forward to reading your Body Haiku!

Call for Submissions To Miriam’s Well–Current Creative Topic

Here is a very cool question from my life collaborator–husband Rich Feldman–for all you writers out there.

“Do you have an image of the perfect way for your audience to experience your work? Do you think of someone reading it silently in a garden, reading it out loud, lying in bed listening to a recording of you reading it, or experiencing it in some other specific way?”

Do send me a note and I’ll be doing individual blogs on this– Send a pdf or in body of email–and you can add a short bio note if you like.

Look forward to your response! Open to everyone.

New Work from Piper Leigh

Sundays in Galisteo

August 13 & 20       3pm to 6pm

Installation of Current Work

Piper Leigh’s Ancestors, Mothers & Muses series

The Forest Pilgrim & the Red Thread Ancestors
Installation using mixed media, cloth, photographs and poetry
including two new chapbooks

Catherine Ferguson’s Gallery
6 La Vega
Galisteo, New Mexico

Free Bereavement Writing Workshop With Miriam Sagan in Santa Fe

Bereavement Writing Workshop
With Miriam Sagan, Author and Educator
See How Words and Story Can Help us Create Containers for Our Feelings
Writing can be a creative practice that allows us to understand and express ourselves. Topics will include memories, letters, and beliefs. All you need is a notebook, a pen and the enjoyment of participation. This workshop is for anyone experiencing grief and loss. This is for all levels of writers—including those of us who can’t spell! See how words and story can help us create containers for our feelings.
Workshop leader Miriam Sagan has taught writing across the U.S. and as founder of Santa Fe Community College’s creative writing program. Her experience as a young widow led to several books, including SEARCHING FOR A MUSTARD SEED (Winner Independent Publisher’s Memoir of the Year), THE WIDOW’S COAT (poetry from Ahshata Press) and GOSSIP (columns from the Albuquerque Journal).
Space is Limited
550-D St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe NM 87505
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kasia McRoberts, Bereavement Coordinator at 505.238.6821 Ambercare Bereavement Support Program
we care, like you care | 1.877.861.0060

Time For A Writing Class with Terry Wilson

Terry says:
My approach as a teacher is to encourage my students to do as much freewriting as possible, and to create a supportive atmosphere in the class so students can break through their writing blocks. For our text, we use Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones; I feel that every student has important stories to share. The group is quite varied; some are new writers, and many are writers who just want to maintain a discipline so they keep going with their craft. We write memoir, fiction, and poetry, and sometimes students even pen songs and rap tunes during the class. I employ different exercises while we’re together so the time we spend is enjoyable: one example is a scavenger hunt where we use “found objects” to write about. We also go to Blue Corn for one class during the semester, and during this session, we blend non-fiction and fiction by writing about the food in front of us and its smell, taste, etc. as well as the noise and music we hear around us. Then we mix that into the creation of a fictional story about one of the customers in the restaurant and something that we imagine happening to that person, good or bad. We do “color walks” in one of the first weeks, so students are focusing on the sense details around them. Sometimes we also put a costume on and become a character that we then write about! In general, though, we generate a lot of new writing material, especially during the first 8 weeks of the class. During the second 8 weeks we continue to freewrite, but we focus more on character, plot, setting, and dialogue. We also critique pieces if students choose to do that. At the end of the semester, we often create a class book of stories, poems, and memoir pieces. We have done public readings at the end of the term, too.

In terms of my background as a writer, I’ve had about thirty pieces published in literary magazines, newspapers, and journals throughout the US. I’ve done stand up comedy in Los Angeles, and I also wrote and performed my own one woman show at El Museo a few years ago. I recently published a memoir called Confessions of a Failed Saint which I am now marketing.

I run the class workshop style, so students often get to know each other quite well. Many of my students have had their essays, stories, poems, and even books published. Writing Creatively is a perfect class to take to enter into SFCC’s Creative Writing Program because in it, you can experience many different types of writing and begin to develop a discipline. Or if you’re a more seasoned wordsmith, you can use the class to keep writing, keep getting feedback, and keep developing your skills!

Terry is teaching a free introductory creative writing class this coming Saturday, June 10 at the Downtown Library from 3:30-5:30 pm.
English 120 class starting Aug. 23 for fall–