Kathryn_Hunt

The Art of Listening: Writing Your Memoir

with Spencer Reece and Kathryn Hunt

April 6 & 7, 2019

Memoir begins by listening — to voices, warnings, memories, silences, dreams, intuitions, and the pounding of our own hearts. What is the story asking to be told? In this workshop we’ll seek to unearth the urgencies and desires that compel our stories and listen for whatever it is that leads us to write them down. Memoir interrogates the mutable I,—that insistent, mysterious self—attempting to say what happened and what it means to us now. We’ll explore the narrative and reflective voice as a way to move between the past and its implications; read and discuss the work of masters of the genre like James Baldwin and Patti Smith; and talk about structure, pacing, publishing, and the importance of persistence. You’ll generate new work over the course of the weekend, and we’ll send you home with ideas and encouragement to plunge ahead with your project.

Saturday April 6 at 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday April 7 at 9 am – 4 pm
$290

To make the most of our time together, the workshop will include recommended reading to complete before class starts, if you wish. You’ll receive PDFs of the selected readings after you’ve registered.

The workshop will be held at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
820 Water Street
Port Townsend, Washington

Register by calling Writers’ Workshoppe at 360.379.2617

Reading by Spencer Reece and Kathryn Hunt
April 6 at 7 pm
at Imprint Books, 820 Water Street, Port Townsend

Spencer Reece
Spencer Reece is the author two books of poetry and a memoir. Reece’s debut collection of poetry, The Clerk’s Tale was chosen by Louise Glück for the Bakeless Poetry Prize and adapted into film by actor and director James Franco. His second collection The Road to Emmaus was a longlist nominee for the National Book Award. Reece’s poems explore faith, family, love, and loss in their various forms and are filled with what Glück calls “shimmering intelligence. . . [and] unobtrusive wit;” “half cocktail party, half passion play.” His honors include fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; an Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship; and the Fulbright Foundation, which enabled him to spend two years working on writing project with children in Honduras. Reece attended Wesleyan University, the University of York, the Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2011 and lives in Madrid. He recently completed a memoir The Little Entrance: Devotions; the book lays out his autobiography in counterpoint to the lives of seven poets and their poetry.

Kathryn Hunt
Kathryn Hunt makes her home on the coast of the Salish Sea. Her poems have appeared in The Sun, Rattle, Radar, Orion, The Writer’s Almanac, The Missouri Review, and Narrative. Her first collection of poems, Long Way Through Ruin, was published by Blue Begonia Press, and she’s recently completed a second collection of poems, You Won’t Find It on a Map, a finalist for the 2017 Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press. She has published translations of the work Catalan poet Marie-Mercè Marçal (Poetry East) and is the recipient of residencies and awards from PLAYA, Artists Trust, and Ucross. She made documentary films for many years; her film No Place Like Home premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in Italy. She is currently at work on a memoir. She’s worked as a waitress, shipscaler, short-order cook, bookseller, printer, food bank coordinator, filmmaker, and freelance writer. kathrynhunt.net

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Poets in Conversation: Alice Derry and Kathryn Hunt

Alice Derry invited me to read with her on July 26 at Northwind Arts Center Reading Series, in Port Townsend, at 7 p.m. We’ll be celebrating the publication of Alice’s fifth book of poems, Hunger.

I count Alice Derry as a friend and I’m grateful to her for having asked me to join her. Alice’s poetry is insightful, rich in revelation and honesty and the precious metals of real labor; always searching; and marked by fierce and intimate observation of the world around her, that is to say, of the people and places that have laid claim to her heart.

Alice Derry’s website alicederry.com

This is what Alice wrote about her new book Hunger and her earlier work:

Hunger, my fifth volume of poems, will appear from MoonPath Press of Tillamook, Oregon, in 2018. The book began as a response to the physical hunger which was a constant in my childhood, but the poems quickly grew beyond that narrow scope to address hungers of all kinds, especially the metaphorical hunger of longing as expressed in “The Extravagance of Our Longing,” the title of section three and of one of the poems in the section.

The book contains five parts. It has a feminist edge, the second section titled “Stealing from Young Women,” how various hungers in the world take from the lives of others and from the innocent, especially women. Section three contains poems I wrote after a family trip to Greece in 2007. I have marketed that section as a chapbook; it was twice a finalist in contests. Sections four and five address the many hungers of my childhood and my life as a mother, which continues in a different form now that my child is thirty with her own child. Social justice has always been a part of my writing; several poems in the manuscript pay attention to events in various tribal histories, seen from a personal point of view. My father took us kids to many reservations throughout the West when I was young. Physical hunger always accompanied these trips.

Lucille Clifton writes this about hunger:

 

and if I could name this

in a frenzy of understanding

it would be called hunger

that sits in a woman’s spaces

 

The book finds its life in the spaces Clifton evokes.

Molly Gloss writes of Hunger:

Alice Derry’s Hunger is so beautiful, so dense with layers of meaning and the weight of the unspoken, so rich in its language and rhythm, that the book as a whole just frankly left me breathless. These are poems of enraged tenderness, of estrangement, of questioning and seeking, poems of family and childhood, poems of loss and yearning and sustenance—poems exploring every nuance of what we mean by hunger. I could hear in them, see in them, voices and shadows from my own life– “Words leave their source/ and in their new landscape, speak differently.”  I savored every poem, and I know I will be returning to this book again and again, peeling back the layers.

A short bio

Hunger is Alice Derry’s fifth volume of poetry (MoonPath Press, 2018). Tremolo was published by Red Hen Press in 2012. As manuscript, it received a 2011 Washington Artist Trust Award. Strangers To Their Courage, from Louisiana State University Press, 2001, was a finalist for the Washington Book Award. With Tess Gallagher and others, Derry helped stage a month-long 75th birthday celebration for Raymond Carver in 2013, delivering the event’s keynote address. Derry has two previous collections, Stages of Twilight (1986, chosen by Raymond Carver) and Clearwater (1997, Blue Begonia Press). A chapbook of translations from Rainer Rilke appeared in 2002. Derry taught English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, for twenty-nine years, where she co-directed the Foothills Writers’ Series. In 2017 she was Writer-in-Residence at Peninsula College.

Alice Derry’s website alicederry.com

 

 

 

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Poets in Conversation: Alice Derry and Kathryn Hunt

Alice Derry invited me to read with her on May 9, 2018 at the Jefferson County Library at 6:30 p.m., as part of the library’s Poets in Conversation series. We’ll be celebrating the publication of Alice’s fifth book of poems, Hunger. 

I count Alice Derry as a friend and I’m grateful to her for having asked me to join her. Alice’s poetry is insightful, rich in revelation and honesty and the precious metals of real labor; always searching; and marked by fierce and intimate observation of the world around her, that is to say, of the people and places that have laid claim to her heart.

If you miss us on May 9, we’ll read together again on July 26 at Northwind Arts Center Reading Series, in Port Townsend, at 7 p.m.

Alice Derry’s website alicederry.com

This is what Alice wrote about her new book Hunger and her earlier work:

Hunger, my fifth volume of poems, will appear from MoonPath Press of Tillamook, Oregon, in 2018. The book began as a response to the physical hunger which was a constant in my childhood, but the poems quickly grew beyond that narrow scope to address hungers of all kinds, especially the metaphorical hunger of longing as expressed in “The Extravagance of Our Longing,” the title of section three and of one of the poems in the section.

The book contains five parts. It has a feminist edge, the second section titled “Stealing from Young Women,” how various hungers in the world take from the lives of others and from the innocent, especially women. Section three contains poems I wrote after a family trip to Greece in 2007. I have marketed that section as a chapbook; it was twice a finalist in contests. Sections four and five address the many hungers of my childhood and my life as a mother, which continues in a different form now that my child is thirty with her own child. Social justice has always been a part of my writing; several poems in the manuscript pay attention to events in various tribal histories, seen from a personal point of view. My father took us kids to many reservations throughout the West when I was young. Physical hunger always accompanied these trips.

Lucille Clifton writes this about “hunger”:

and if I could name this

in a frenzy of understanding

it would be called hunger

that sits in a woman’s spaces

The book finds its life in the spaces Clifton evokes.

Molly Gloss writes of Hunger:

Alice Derry’s Hunger is so beautiful, so dense with layers of meaning and the weight of the unspoken, so rich in its language and rhythm, that the book as a whole just frankly left me breathless. These are poems of enraged tenderness, of estrangement, of questioning and seeking, poems of family and childhood, poems of loss and yearning and sustenance—poems exploring every nuance of what we mean by hunger. I could hear in them, see in them, voices and shadows from my own life– “Words leave their source/ and in their new landscape, speak differently.”  I savored every poem, and I know I will be returning to this book again and again, peeling back the layers.

A short bio

Hunger is Alice Derry’s fifth volume of poetry (MoonPath Press, 2018). Tremolo was published by Red Hen Press in 2012. As manuscript, it received a 2011 Washington Artist Trust Award. Strangers To Their Courage, from Louisiana State University Press, 2001, was a finalist for the Washington Book Award. With Tess Gallagher and others, Derry helped stage a month-long 75th birthday celebration for Raymond Carver in 2013, delivering the event’s keynote address. Derry has two previous collections, Stages of Twilight (1986, chosen by Raymond Carver) and Clearwater (1997, Blue Begonia Press). A chapbook of translations from Rainer Rilke appeared in 2002. Derry taught English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, for twenty-nine years, where she co-directed the Foothills Writers’ Series. In 2017 she was Writer-in-Residence at Peninsula College.

Alice Derry’s website alicederry.com

 

 

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Unamuno Author Series 2018 | Madrid, Spain

Unamuno Author Series 2018 | Madrid, Spain

March 23
Poetry reading |
Unamuno Author Series 2018 | Madrid, Spain

Desperate Literature bookstore
C. Campomanes 13
Madrid, Spain
Sponsor | Catedral del Redentor
Founder | Rvdo. Spencer Reece

George and Spencer in Madrid 2017

From the Poetry Foundation, about dear darling Spencer Reece, poet and founder of the Unamuno Author Series in Madrid:

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Minneapolis, poet Spencer Reece is the son of a pathologist and a nurse. He earned a BA at Wesleyan University, an MA at the University of York, an MTS at Harvard Divinity School, and an MDiv at Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2011. Reece’s debut collection of poetry, The Clerk’s Tale(2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück and adapted into a short film by director James Franco. He is also the author of the collection The Road to Emmaus (2013), which was a longlist nominee for the National Book Award.

Reece’s poems explore faith and family, paying attention to the fragility of each. Though he wrote in relative isolation for two decades before his first book was published, Reece received early encouragement from writer Annie Dillard and poet James Merrill. In a statement for the Poetry Society of America, Reece discussed the inspirational role T.S. Eliot has played in his work: “I often ponder Eliot’s spiritual journey,” Reece noted. “When I try to write, his example is never far from my mind. At times, I’d like to think I am in conversation with him.” Reece’s own work has been compared to that of Gerard Manley Hopkins, particularly by poet Henri Cole, who observed that Reece “is a formal poet, but his form is not bloodlessly perfect. He is unafraid of smudging things to get us closer to the truth.”

His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Council, a Witter Bynner fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

Chaplain to Bishop Carlos Lopez-Lozano of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Spain, Reece was awarded a Fulbright grant to work on a collaborative writing project with children at an orphanage in Honduras in 2012-2013.

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