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Where We’re From
Writing with Cincinnati Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel and Art for Artists at Dunham Recreation Center
Join us for writing in exploration of the places, people and experiences that have made us who we are.
Cincinnati Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel joins the cooperative, Art for Artists on Tuesday, August 15, from 12:30-2:30 at Dunham Recreation Center, 4356 Dunham Lane for a guided writing experience in response to the national “I AM FROM project,” which aims to build a quilt, a scroll, a multimedia display, a swell of voices, a collection of poems in celebration of the diversity and beauty of who we are.”
Art for Artists is a group of novice, semi-professional and professional women artists who meet Tuesdays noon-3:30, at Dunham Center to support each other’s creative endeavors and explore new techniques and ideas. The group, which began in 2006, is filled with talented retired art teachers and arts enthusiasts. The program is free with Dunham Membership ($10.00 for 50+) Information at 513-251-5862.
***My first foray into storytelling! (I’ll read a poem, too.) Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7 pm MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street.
Poetry As Witness; Poetry For Change
Sat, April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action
1662 Blue Rock Street
Cincinnati, OH 45223
“In the dark times, will there also be singing? / Yes, there will be singing. / About the dark times” —Bertolt Brecht
“In a time of frontal assaults both on language and on human solidarity, poetry can remind us of all we are in danger of losing—disturb us, embolden us out of resignation” –Adrienne Rich
“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before” –Audre Lorde
Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel facilitates a morning of writing and sharing poetry as a practice bearing witness to society and advocating for change. Joining with us in a hands-on exploration of our “skeleton architecture”, your poetic voice.
No previous writing experience is necessary. Come with notebook and pen, a willingness to listen, and a readiness to write with an open heart and mind.
This workshop is part of “Contemplation In Action,” an ongoing series at The Hive, exploring the intersection of contemplative stillness and social action. These events are designed to put meditation’s withdrawal inward in connection with the activist’s expression outward in ways that are valued as beauty and justice in the world. Rather than merely resisting world events, this series seeks to engage in a sacred activism, insisting on the good, true, or beautiful among us.
Events open with a short guided mediation and end with an collective action or intention, usually of a political nature. $15 plus Eventbrite fee by March 28; $18 plus Eventbrite fee thereafer. Click here for registration.
Cincinnati Poetry Month Reading
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
1805 Elm Street, Over the Rhine
April is National Poetry Month! Let’s celebrate it Cincinnati style. Join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and other area poets for a celebration of Poetry Month, Cincinnati-style. Throughout the month of April, Pauletta has posted daily poems by Cincinnati authors on her blog and Poet Laureate Facebook page. An invited group of poets from her Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily Project will join Pauletta for this reading in celebration of our local writing community.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm, at People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm Street, near Findlay Market. We will read within artist Phil Rowland’s installation, You Are Here, a transformation of People’s Liberty’s first floor space with hand drawn, dry erasable maps of Cincinnati and surrounding neighborhoods. People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. Phil Rowland, one of this year’s “Globe Grantees” will be on hand to welcome readers and listeners, and to discuss his project.
Palindrome: Poems of My Mother by Pauletta Hansel
Sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition
Lydia’s on Ludlow
329 Ludlow Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220
First Thursday Urban Appalachian Literary Salon
Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm
Palindrome is a forthcoming poetry collection by Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel written in response to her mother’s dementia. The story of two generations of Appalachian women in flux, Palindrome considers the changeability of memory and time and the shared loss of identity as the mother/daughter relationship alters in such a profound way. Poems include those crafted from the mother’s handwritten memoirs describing, among other things, her early years in eastern Kentucky, as well as the poet’s own experience as caregiver. A discussion of poetry as a tool for both documenting what was and understanding what is will follow the reading.
Note: Come early for a good seat, and to order locally-sourced, organic food, coffee, tea and craft cocktails at Lydia’s on Ludlow (Om Eco Café).
For information about the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and its Urban Appalachian Literary Salon visit http://uacvoice.org/.
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Wednesday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 pm Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Writing the Neighborhood at McKie Recreation Center Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel visits the McKie Recreation Center’s Afterschool Program on Thursday, December 1, from 4:00-5:00 pm to help participants tell the story of where they’re from. Pieces of everyone’s writing will be combined to make a poem to be shared with folks from throughout Cincinnati, and beyond! Contact 513-681-8247 or email@example.com for information.
Writing the Neighborhood at Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel visits the Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center’s Afterschool Program on Tuesday, November 22, from 4:30-5:30 pm to help participants tell the story of where they’re from. We’ll find out what the world needs to know about the communities Pleasant Ridge CRC serves. Pieces of everyone’s writing will be combined to make a poem to be shared with folks from throughout Cincinnati, and beyond! Contact 513-731-7894 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Write Me I’m Yours Writing Circle Join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for writing about place. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Rohs Street Cafe, 245 W. McMillan St.(Clifton Heights)
Information at http://concertnova.com/event/solos/
1569 Chase Ave #4, Cincinnati OH, 45223
Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Chase Public is proud to host Jeremy Paden and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel editors, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, Michael Henson and Sherry Cook Stanforth.
Poet and translator Jeremy Paden’s newest books are ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016)) and Delicate Matters (Winged City Press, 2016), a book of translations. Jeremy, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, was born in Milan, Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a contributor to Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel’s current issue, Volume 19: Appalachia Under Thirty.
Jeremy will be joined by Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel editors Richard Hague, author of fifteen poetry collections including During the Recent Extinctions; Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati Poet Laureate; Michael Henson, whose most recent work is A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind and Other Stories; and Sherry Cook Stanforth, Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program Director and author of Drone String.
Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project Workshop
with the City’s Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30 am-1:00 pm
The Mercantile Library
This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around the neighborhood—in this case Cincinnati’s downtown—writing as you go. Eight blocks equals eight lines—each roughly ten syllables, roughly iambic—inspired by what you encounter, and then for the “volta” (Italian for “turn”) you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, having made notes for a poem that leaves you in a slightly different place than you began—as all good literature will do. Participants will gather back at Mercantile for sharing their first draft sonnets.
We will begin at 10:30 am at the Mercantile Library for some examples of sonnets and conversation about the process. Then participants will go singly or in pairs or groups for about an hour’s worth of strolling and writing in whatever direction you choose. Sharing will happen around noon or when all have returned—whatever comes first! All ages and experience levels are welcome; youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes for the weather, and bring a pen and small notebook, plus a brown bag lunch, if you choose. www.mercantilelibrary.com
Pauletta envisions taking the Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project to as many neighborhoods as there are poets who will participate. Ultimately, the poems will be shared on the Poet Laureate webpage (if you choose) and elsewhere throughout the actual and virtual community. Click here to read sonnets written as part of the project thus far.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Duke Energy Center
Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel will present a writing workshop, participate in panels and showcase her books at this annual day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, featuring national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family.
Poetry Reading with Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate
Pavilion Stage, Cincinnati Convention Center
Finding Your Voice Panel (with Thom Atkinson and Jeff Hillard)
Cincinnati Public Library, Room 207/208
Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?
Saturday, September 10, 1:30-2:30 pm. Mercantile Library
In honor of the opening of our city’s street car, Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel will guide young writers on a grand adventure exploring real and imaginary destinations. This event is part of the Mercantile Library’s Kids Day, a One Big Weekend Event celebrating the new Streetcar.
Writing the Neighborhood at Dunham Recreation Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel visits the Dunham Recreation Center’s Afterschool Program on Friday, September 2, from 4:00-6:00 pm to help participants tell the story of where they’re from. We’ll find out what the world needs to know about the communities Dunham serves. Pieces of everyone’s writing will be combined to make a poem to be shared with folks from throughout Cincinnati, and beyond! Contact 513-251-5862 or email@example.com for information.
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6 – 9 p.m. at 1569 Chase Avenue (Northside)
This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around the neighborhood—in this case Chase Public’s Northside Neighborhood—writing as you go. Eight blocks equals eight lines—each roughly ten syllables, roughly iambic—inspired by what you encounter, and then for the “volta” you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, finally scurrying on home to Chase Public to share your rough draft sonnet. Pauletta envisions taking the Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project to as many neighborhoods as there are poets who will participate. Ultimately, the poems will be shared on the Poet Laureate webpage (if you choose) and elsewhere throughout the actual and virtual community.
Sunday, Aug. 14, 6 -7:30 p.m. at The Monastery, 766 William Howard Taft Rd. (Walnut Hills)
Shifrah is an ongoing conversation about art, faith, justice, community and mystery. Read the poem created with lines from participants’ writing here.