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Writer's Garret News - This Week
The Writer's Garret

May, 2011

For READERS and Writers and Art Lovers
Talks on Arabic Poets
and Emily Dickinson
at the Gallery Opening of Lesley Dill

Last Tuesday of every month (THIS TUESDAY, MAY 24), the "Portable Poetry" Stone
Soup meets at 7 PM Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus  []to
discuss the craft of writing poetry based on the teachings of Jack Myers, one of
our co-founders, and former Poet Laureate of Texas.

First visit is free, but $3 thereafter. RSVP [] requested.

Jack  was a student of Richard Hugo, who in turn was a student of Theodore  Roethke--this
makes us his literary great-grandchildren when we study  Jack and his teaching methods.
To purchase his wonderful textbook  on  writing poetry (many say, "The best ever
written"), click here. []

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VORT TING Continues

Monday, May 23, 7-9PM

Arabic Poets

withJoan Canby

This class will explore, discuss and read the Afghan born, Persian  speaking poet
Jelauddin Rumi, who immigrated to Konya, Turkey and wrote  in Persian/Farsi.  We
will then study modern Turkish poets of the 20th  century and today:  Necip Fazil
Kisakurek, Nazim Hikmet, Sezai Karakoc,  Cahit Zarifoglu and Enis Batur.  The third
week we will study  contemporary poets such as: Hoda Hussein of Egypt, Didem Madak,
Nada el  Hage of Lebanon and Zulaykha Abu-Risha of Jordan.  We will look at the
ancient Arabic poetry patterns of the kalip, as well as the ghazal.   There will
be discussion about the history of the region and the  influence of the Ottoman
Empire.  We will also have an opportunity to  write our own individual poems inspired
by the poets that we have read.

*"Vort Ting" is Danish for "Our Thing"

$15 per visit with advance RSVP to or w214.828.1715.

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FREE Discussion on

Emily Dickinson [],
the Belle of Amherst  []

THIS Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 PM

The MAC (The McKinney Avenue Contemporary) []

3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, 75204

Panel facilitated by JOE MILAZZO, Garret Director of Community Education and Outreach

and featuring


since her days as a student at Oberlin College, has studied and admired  the poetry
of Emily Dickinson. Mary Anne holds a B.A. in English, magna  cum laude, from Oberlin
(1976) , an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont  College, and has had numerous poems
published in small press  publications.


is the author of Palabras in Each Fist (Pecan Grove Press). Her  work has appeared
in over forty journals and magazines, including North  American Review, Concho River
Review, Red River  Review, and Oklahoma Review. Rebecca holds an M.F.A.  from Bennington
Writing Seminars, regularly speaks at conferences, and  serves Tarrant County College
as Associate Professor of English.


is the Senior Host of "The Writers Studio," a series of interviews with  living
authors broadcast throughout the country by KERA/National Public  Radio.  His recent
book, Rehumanizing Law: A Theory of Law and  Democracy, was published in 2011 by
the University of Toronto  Press.  Randy is a past Faculty Fellow of the Institute
for Advanced  Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, an Adjunct
Professor of Law and Lecturer in English at Southern Methodist  University, and
a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities And  Culture.  Randy holds a Ph.D.
in Law from University of Edinburgh and a  Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in English from
the University of Kansas.


is the Hughes Professor of English at SMU and the longtime  editor-in-chief of The
Southwest Review, the country's third  oldest, continuously published literary quarterly.
He writes about, and  teaches, English and American poetry, especially that of the
past two  centuries. He has written ten books, most recently Seven Pleasures:  Essays
on Ordinary Happiness. He writes cultural criticism for The  Wall Street Journal
and also contributes to Opera News, D  Magazine, and other magazines and journals.

The Writer's Garret is proud to collaborate with The MAC on this special  presentation
on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In conjunction with the  exhibition Lesley Dill:
Word Queens and Necklaces, on view at the  MAC from May 21 through June 11, The
and WILLARD  SPIEGELMAN, moderator JOE MILAZZO and all audience members to  participate
in a discussion of Dickinson's life, work and legacy.

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The Writer's Garret is made possible by our chief supporters and partners: Paperbacks
Plus; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs;
Texas Commission on the Arts; KERA; James and Gayle Halperin Foundation / Heritage
Auction Galleries; ArtsPartners / Young Audiences; Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP; Harold
Simmons Foundation; George and Fay Young Foundation; M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation;
Whole Foods; Mesquite Arts Council; R.L. and Phyllis Glazer Fund; Energy Production
Corporation (EPCO); Wukasch Foundation; Kay Cattarulla Fund of The Dallas Foundation;
Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation; Whole Foods; and our Board of Trustees, Board
of Sponsors, and members.




Click here to learn more  []about
Jack Myers' final poetry collection The Memory of Water

Everything great in your writing life takes place upstairs at Paperbacks Plus,

6115 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75214. Give us a call at 214.828.1715.

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