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Kelly's News Blog

My Poem, "Samara," published in Issue 5 of Sky Island Journal

My poem, "Samara," is published in Issue 5, Summer 2018, of the lovely Sky Island Journal, edited by co-founders Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfeld. This poem grew out of the woods where I walk every day. It  came whirling into my consciousness like a maple wing in spring. When maple wings fly, I like to stop and notice where they land and wonder at how moist and mysterious, how light filled and  promising, delicate and complex they are.

A tree is a natural starting place for a seed and a poem about growing up and wanting to be graceful.

We all have our own unique way of describing why writing poetry matters to us. Mine is this – I write for what I hope to discover – the secret reveal.  

 ©Kelly DuMar 2018

©Kelly DuMar 2018

. . . my first time drunk, at twelve,
a starry August night. Fluidity, I want too much at once
guzzle a bottle, tilt and sputter, spun, I jerk and Sandy,
Sandy, tallest, handsome of the beach, suntan God of Laurel
by the boulders, beached we kiss, sandy-kissed, I’m Goddess
of the Lake and looser, Queen of the Barre. . .
— Excerpt from "Samara," ©Kelly DuMar 2018

What is a maple wing, or samara? 

The distinctive fruits are called samaras, “maple keys”, “helicopters”, “whirlybirds” or “polynoses”. These seeds occur in distinctive pairs each containing one seed enclosed in a “nutlet” attached to a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue. They are shaped to spin as they fall and to carry the seeds a considerable distance on the wind.
— Wikipedia

Hope you'll read the whole poem by going to Sky Island Journal Issue 5 and scrolling until you come to my name, and then you click the link to open my poem. 

 

Here's a short slideshow of some of my favorite maple wings:

All photos and text ©Kelly DuMar 2018 unless otherwise attributed

Your Pictures As Poetry & Prose: 4 Week Webinar with Kelly Starts Tues. May 8!
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"Kelly is a delight to work with and her workshop "Writing Truth and Beauty" was a big hit at our April 2018 Riverwood Poetry event. She did an extraordinary job guiding our new and experienced writers into thinking deeply about their personal photos. With her guidance, our participants wrote pages of raw material and others completed the first draft of a new poem."

~ Brittany Mishra, Writer

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Maple Wings

Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write poetically from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll shape images into poems that reveal our personalities, identity relationships and creativity. Please bring photos to work from!

My Writing Truth & Beauty process guides you to explore the unspoken world of your images. By asking yourself questions, you’ll generate remarkable raw material that reveals insight and emotion you can shape into beautiful, original writing.  You’ll start by sharing a photo with other participants, saying why you chose it, then answering questions to generate your raw material. After that, you’ll craft a first draft you can share if you choose. Then we’ll explore ideas and suggestions for revision.

Writing Truth & Beauty from personally chosen helps you:

1.    Overcome fear of the blank page by using a concrete structure for moving into the abstract

2.   Discover meaning – grasp personal and universal truths

3.   Express the unspoken or unexpressed feelings or ideas at the heart of the photo

4.   Reflect on significant rites of passage

5.    Gain insight from your personal stories

6.   Discover and share your values

7.   Acknowledge how resilient you are

8.   Discover The Secret Reveal:

·      A truth you didn’t know you knew

·      A new idea about an old belief

·      A transformative personal revelation or insight that allows you to live more meaningfully

·      Something you have been unable to see/express/articulate that leads you to a new way of knowing yourself or others and changes your response to the community/world

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MY MAY NEWS/UPCOMING EVENTS

My May Newsletter - Kelly DuMar

 Briana Templeton as ENVIA! New Ideas Festival, Toronto

Briana Templeton as ENVIA! New Ideas Festival, Toronto

 

Every child is an artist until [s]he's told [s]he's not an artist.

~ John Lennon

I love this John Lennon quote. I saw it in a Facebook, on the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association's status this morning, and it's the perfect quote to express why I wrote my quirky, creative character, ENVIA!, her own one-woman show. Because ENVIA!, from the moment she was conceived, is an artist who trusts her creative impulses, and she never lets the critical voices of others dampen her need to express her originality in every situation she encounters. 

ENVIA! hasn't been performed in awhile, but I revived one of her monologues, "Your Casting Call," to use as a live example in my monologue workshop last weekend at the 3rd Annual IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat, and, for the fun of it, I'm sharing the script of this short monologue with you below. KEEP READING HERE

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Writing Toward Wholeness - Writing From Your Life - Listen!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLmFUMv90AQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLmFUMv90AQ

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, I'll be leading our 3rd Annual IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat in Memoir, Myth & Monologue with my distinguished IWWG colleagues, authors Susan Tiberghien and Maureen Murdock. And so, I'll see them in person soon - but in the meantime, I want to share this recording of our IWWG Digital Village April Book Spotlight, in which Maureen interviews Susan about her new book: Writing Toward Wholeness: Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung. It was an honor to moderate this illuminating conversation between friends about deepening our experience of our writing and lives by paying attention to dreams and images from our unconscious. You can watch it HERE.

From the International Women's Writing Guild (Marj Hahne)

When the Soul wants to experience something, she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.

So said Meister Eckhart, 13th/14th-century German theologian, philosopher, and mystic, quoted by Susan Tiberghien during this month's Member Book Spotlight, illuminating her new book, Writing Toward Wholeness: Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung (Chiron Publications, 2018).

On Tuesday, April 17, two of our longtime Guild teachers, Susan andMaureen Murdock, met in our Digital Village, across the miles between Geneva, Switzerland, and California, respectively. Maureen interviewed Susan about her writing process, particularly how dreams "open the door to the invisible, to the deeper life, to the unconscious."

If you missed this divine conversation, you can watch it HERE.

Heads-up: The video unfortunately freezes at 49:10 (ten minutes before the scheduled end-time), and the recording stops at 49:36, thanks to the Front Range's 60 mph winds that took down my WiFi and hence my laptop's recording functionality.

What got lost to the wind are Susan's answers to these questions from attendees:

  • What does it mean to have "a strong soul"? 

  • Have you noticed cultural differences in any aspects of your writing experience (e.g., one's personal process of writing, the subjects one writes about, the publishing process, publicity, balancing the writing life with other work (e.g.,teaching) and family)?

  • Some of Simone de Beauvoir’s writing (Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée, trans. Memories of a Dutiful Daughter) reads like memoir. Was that book considered strange or scandalous for that reason?

Big thanks to Kelly DuMar for moderating this discussion and keeping it going after her Zoom "recording engineer" went MIA.

In the spirit of The Guild,

Marj Hahne, one of your Digital Village moderators

 

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Student Discount for Creative Writers Available at IWWG's 3rd Annual Writing From Your Life Retreat

April 28th: International Women’s Writing Guild Retreat!
April 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM

RE-POST FROM THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM BLOG

The International Women’s Writing Guild is offering a reduced rate for students to participate in its upcoming annual writer’s retreat.

On April 28th, The International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) will host its 3rd Annual daylong writing retreat. Entitled Writing From Your Life, this immersive experience invites writers of all stages to discover how to unlock the power of their own life story toward realizing their writing goals. Through three workshops, participants will explore how to weave the autobiographical into memoir, myth and monologue. The event also provides networking opportunities, a book fair, and a catered lunch. The retreat will be held in the center of Medfield, at The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA from 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Kelly DuMar, author, poet, playwright and Sherborn native-describes the day’s three workshops as distinctly ‘writer generative’. This is a chance to create original work in collaboration with a vibrant, creative community, guided by three outstanding facilitators that are accomplished writers in their own right. DuMar is joined by fellow workshop facilitators Susan Tiberghien, author of “The Zen of Writing: Clear Seeing, Clear Writing Toward Wholeness” and the newly published “Writing Toward Wholeness: Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung” and Maureen Murdock, author of “The Heroine’s Journey, Spinning Inward.”

Marisa Moks-Unger, Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania attended the retreat last year and describes it as “a fantastic opportunity for writers of all genres to deepen their craft. I found all three of the workshop leaders’ presentations to be valuable in developing literary images which I have applied to my poet laureate project, as well as a lecture I gave on the ‘The Power of Poetry; The Persistence of Prose’ at The Jefferson Education Society. Also, a number of my published poems were incubated at this workshop. I highly recommend attending the entire day to experience the brilliance of Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock, and Kelly Du Mar.”

IWWG has served as a support system for women writers in over 60 countries. Members of the Guild have published over thousands of books, and the organization provides one of the longest running literary conferences in the country.

To learn more and to register online, http://www.iwwg.org/events

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Have a look at Talking Writing Magazine

When I walk daily in the trees, the meadow, swamp or sand or mud or grass I take pictures of what arrests my attention, what I wonder about, the organic beauty I behold. Pictures compose themselves. The woods and beaches on any day of every season are full of nature's spontaneous art. When Jennifer Jean contacted me about using some of my nature photos for the next issue of Talking Writing Magazine (she's managing editor) I said sure. She had some wonderful poems for this Science and Society themed issue, and she was looking for some specific images. Lovely, for me, to wander through my daily nature photos, knowing a lucky few would have a place and a purpose beside someone else's exquisite writing. The issue just launched. You can read it, AND listen to it, and look at it, here and see my photos sprinkled happily in and around the poetry.

Here's one of the entries I really like, Moths in the Kitchen, by Ellen McGrath Smith, (art is “Phyllira Tiger Moth” © Janel Houton) Listen!

 http://talkingwriting.com/moths-kitchen

 

 

 

On Writing, Walking and My Awesome Experience at AWP18
Joy—that sharp, wonderful Stab of Longing—
— Kevin Ott, from "Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey Into Joy and Healing"

I fly away from Boston a day early to escape the oncoming winter whiteout to attend AWP18 (the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, March 7-11, 2018). The first thing I love, on landing, is the location: tropical winter sun in Tampa, and the convention center’s water view and easy access to Tampa Bay. Which means, late afternoons, after sitting all day in artificially lit and cooled rooms, I can be outdoors under cloudless blue, breathing in miles of fresh air walking the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk.

 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida

Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida

Choosing among dozens of AWP panels, I’m most attracted to what my favorite poets have to say. And I’m sharing what I see and hear on social media  for the International Women's Writing Guild on  @wearewomenwriting, Instagram, and @IWWG on Twitter. One of the first panels I go to involves Aimee Nezhukumatathil on a panel, “Poetry, Myth and the Natural World." When she steps out from behind the podium to show us her glow-in-the-dark glitter skirt, I share a picture on @wearewomenwriting. She's wearing the fun skirt, she says, because “I never heard an Asian woman writer talk about joy before.” And she writes about joy, because, “joy is an act of resistance.”

   wearewomenwriting “Joy is an act of resistance” thank you for your  #poetry reading today at  #awp18  Aimee Nezhukumatathil  #womenwriters

wearewomenwriting“Joy is an act of resistance” thank you for your #poetryreading today at #awp18 Aimee Nezhukumatathil #womenwriters

. . . when I sit at my desk to write, there is a sense of urgency and a deeper sense of gratitude and celebration for this planet and its inhabitants. I know that my heartbeat is closer to the surface of my skin, so news about hate and violence affects me more than ever before, and I can’t help but feel sometimes that the only way I can push back against all this darkness in the world is to find ways to record instances of delight and beauty on this planet for my sons.
— Aimee Nezhukumatathil, from an interview on http://thejournalmag.org/archives/3827

Walking Bayshore, I wonder if I’ll be fantastically lucky and spot a dolphin in Hillsborough Bay. I don’t have an expectation, but I have a longing. Because seeing a wild dolphin suddenly breach is a quick, momentous splash of delight. And sadly, the last dolphin I saw on one of my daily walks was dead, washed ashore, an early August morning last summer on the beach of Vineyard Sound, Martha’s Vineyard. I wrote a short essay inspired by a picture I took of this dead dolphin, (recently published in Storm Cellar). Finding its beautiful, lifeless, body on the beach brought a stab of horror and grief – what I called “the enormity of lifeless.”

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Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard

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The last afternoon of AWP18, I walk the long stretch of sidewalk, busy with bikes and strollers. The boulevard is famous for its length and stunning white balustrade edging the bay. Beside me, saltwater laps, calmly, against the white cement. Ahead, I notice a subtle rippling of water, something disturbing the surface from just below, and I hope and I wonder –

Earlier, during lunch this day, on a panel called “The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got,” I listened to another favorite poet make a point of the importance of writing about joy. Ada Limón shared her own experience about giving herself permission: “I didn’t think you were allowed to write about joy,” she said. But she realized, “I can write whatever I want.”

There is an ancient Chinese Proverb that says, ‘A bird sings not because he has an answer, but because he has a song.’ That is how I have come to think about poetry—that a poem isn’t a problem to solve, but rather it’s a singular animal call that contains multiple layers of both mystery and joy.
— Ada Limón, from an article on https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2009/01/mystery-birds-5-ways-to-practice-poetry
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wearewomenwriting“I didn’t think you were allowed to write about joy,” poet Ada Limon on a panel bad advice for writers #awp18 “I can write whatever I want” #iwwgawp18 #womenwriters

I catch sight of a fin, walk faster, chasing it. I’m already smiling, hoping for another surfacing, a better view. I see the dolphin breach – her, or him – ahead in the distance, then submerge in quick flashes, too quick to catch with my camera. When I’ve walked as far as I can for today, I turn around, heading back to the conference center.

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[joy] has a lithe, muscular lightness to it. It’s deft. It produces longing that weighs heavy on the heart, but it does so with precision and coordination…
— Kevin Ott

I hear a loud splash beside me – but it's gone before I see it. Still, I scan the surface, see the rippling, hold my camera ready. There’s the dolphin! Next to the balustrade up ahead, breaching and swimming, and I catch only a flash of fin here and there. Until, suddenly, the dolphin is leaping up out of the water with its fresh catch in its jaws! and the fish, still alive, thrashing it's bright yellow fins.

  "[joy] dashes in with the agility of a hummingbird claiming its nectar from the flower, and then zips away." ~ Kevin Ott

"[joy] dashes in with the agility of a hummingbird claiming its nectar from the flower, and then zips away." ~ Kevin Ott

I’m struck and stunned by this moment of aesthetic awe – like experiencing a perfectly wrought, arresting image in a poem – and I realize, yes, a poem is like a dolphin, a dolphin is like a poem - as Ada says, "a singular animal call that contains multiple layers of both mystery and joy."

It pricks, then vanishes, leaving a wake of mystery and longing behind it.
— Kevin Ott

– leaving, yes, but not only a wake of mystery and longing. A moment that leaves me with a fresh image to write from:

Dolphin, alive and thriving; fish, alive and thrashing.

 

 

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2018 unless otherwise attributed

A Visit to Jardin de Balata, Martinique
 Thanks to my friend, Karin Stanley, for taking this photo of me during our visit

Thanks to my friend, Karin Stanley, for taking this photo of me during our visit

A slideshow of my visit to Le Jardin de Balata, Fort-de-France, Martinique

Usually, I'm afraid of heights. I'm not a fan of crossing bridges. When I was a child I would crouch on the backseat of the car if we needed to cross a high one on a family trip. The first terror I remember, a drive from Maine to Cape Breton Island along the Cabot trail.

As an adult, I've learned to keep my eyes entirely open crossing the Bourne Bridge to get to Cape Cod. But, even ten to fifteen years ago, on trips to New Mexico and Corsica with my young children, I ducked my head and trembled and moaned with misery driving on the edges of cliffs on skinny, mountainous roads. But, On Monday, March 26, 2018, when we visited the the Jardin de Balata in Martinique, it was the Robinson Crusoe-like hanging bridge in the mahogany trees, La Balade Dans Les Arbres – "A unique walk to the top of a Botanical Garden" – that gave me the most thrilling, satisfying experience of my Caribbean island stay. I was eager to climb and circle the garden from above, and thoroughly enjoyed bouncing along, stopping to appreciate stunning views of the garden, the sea, the mountains, the sky.

We visited the famed garden on a warm, overcast, sometimes rainy day, very pleasant under the lush, exquisitely planned garden. Once or twice we ran under shelters to stay dry during a downpour.  

All paradises are gardens, thus it is not surprising that the magic of the place feeds the visitors with unexpected feelings.

Once upon the year 1982, Jean-Philippe Thoze, horticulturist, landscape designer and poet comes back on the trail of his childhood, in the Creole house of his grandparents. From then was born his passion for botanicals which will lead him worldwide.
The Garden built around this typical creole house is the result of a perfect alchemy between a «back-to-childhood» experience and a one-of-a-kind artist.
— Le Jardin de Balata

Here is a slideshow, pictures in no particular order, of my favorite sights in the garden. Not pictured here, the way I felt –my skin, my spirit, cleansed, refreshed, hopeful, and the tremendous awe I felt at the way plants and trees share the comfort and strength, breathtaking beauty, the zest and joy of their existence.

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2018, unless otherwise attributed

My Nonfiction, Hybrid piece published is in Storm Cellar - Death, Sex, Celebrity: My Vacation Status

My flash, hybrid lit piece,"Death, Sex, Celebrity: My Vacation Status," inspired by three original photos I took last summer on Martha's Vineyard, is published today by StormCellar literary magazine. It's composed of three faux "Facebook status" updates inspired by the real life photos I took on the remote beach in Chilmark on #mydailywalks last summer. My story features a real dead dolphin, a real clay penis, and an imaginary encounter with an ex-president. I hope you'll have a look. Details about how to purchase the issue follow.

 Excerpt from Storm Cellar 2018

Excerpt from Storm Cellar 2018

 

Print copies are available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/595464377 and ebooks are available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/581660816

 

StormCellar is a nationally distributed, independent, literary arts magazine rooted in the Midwest, a journal of safety and danger in many senses since 2011. More details at stormcellarquarterly.com/about.

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Poetry, Politics & The Power of Change - My Interview with Yun Wei
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Making the female perspective the universal perspective.

This is Yun Wei’s answer to the question “What will women bring to poetry/fiction in the next few decades?”


On Tuesday, February 6, Kelly DuMar, our Digital Village Chair and Social Media Coordinator, interviewed poet and fiction writer Yun Wei in our Member Book Spotlight.

If you missed this graceful conversation, you can watch it HERE.

Yun and Kelly discussed poetry, politics, and the promise of change. If you want to get your singular female perspective out into the world, check out these journals (list provided by Yun, compiled by Rattle’s “Poets Respond” team) that publish “news” poems:
— Marj Hahne, IWWG
Mystery Shopper in Memory Care - Poem for Today

This morning I took a picture on the ice covered brook of this beautifully aged leaf. It inspired me to make and share this audio recording of a short poem I wrote for my father in memory care. It was first published in Foliate Oak in 2014 and then on the Alzheimer's Support website where you can read it now as you listen.

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Georgia O'Keeffe: A Slideshow of My Visit to her Abiquiu Home; A Visit to the current Peabody Essex Museum Exhibit & A Cultivating Place Podcast About Georgia O'Keefe's Garden
my photo of Georgia O'Keeffe's Blue #2 on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

Yesterday, I toured the O'Keeffe exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA: Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image Style (through April 2018). In early November, I toured the garden and home of O'Keeffe in Abiquiu (here is the slideshow of my pictures of her home).

So, today, I found the perfect podcast to listen to two days before New Year's day: Cultivating Place: A New Year Vision - The Abiquiu, New Mexico Garden of Georgia O'Keeffe - bringing together three completely satisfying and exceptional experiences of cultivating place in nature and art. I'm delighted to share them with you - and hope the exhibit, the slideshow of my visit to her Abiquiu garden and home, and the Cultivating Place podcast will inspire and delight you as well!

Copy of My Visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's Home & Studio, Abiquiú - A Slideshow

On my recent trip to New Mexico, I spent a warm autumn day visiting Abiquiú, where I had a tour of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe's home, garden and studio. It just happened to be October 31, Day of the Dead. The cottonwoods were a gorgeous gold.

Photographs are allowed outside the property, but not in the interior. This slideshow is of my experience in the home she created from the buildings and land she lived in from 1945-1984.

All photos copyright Kelly DuMar 2017

Places of Origin & Her Loaf, Half Baked Published in Crab Fat Literary Magazine

Two of my short prose pieces about childhood memories of grandparents, imperfect and un-charming, Places of Origin and Her Loaf, Half-Baked, are published in the December issue of Crab Fat. You can read both pieces online here.

They let you eat cake on White Pond Road

. . . I make trip after trip across the piazza in front of all the mothers and fathers and grandparents, helping myself, plating slab after slab in my hand, to the yard, melting every leftover rose on my tongue, caring so much for a cake everyone has forgotten, I feel queasy and crawl with my ache, my rose blue lips, onto my mother’s lap. . .
— http://www.crabfat.com/article/kellydumar
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My Visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's Home & Studio, Abiquiú - A Slideshow

On my recent trip to New Mexico, I spent a warm autumn day visiting Abiquiú, where I had a tour of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe's home, garden and studio. It just happened to be October 31, Day of the Dead. The cottonwoods were a gorgeous gold.

Photographs are allowed outside the property, but not in the interior. This slideshow is of my experience in the home she created from the buildings and land she lived in from 1945-1984.

All photos copyright Kelly DuMar 2017

My Photo Inspired Poem, A Portal Nearing Sixty, is published in Remembered Arts
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There is nothing more vulnerable

or vigorous

than a woman coming of age.

Inspired by the journal's fall theme of "frailty," my poem with original photographs, A Portal Nearing Sixty is published by The Remembered Arts Journal. To read the poem, go here.

My Photo is Published in 3Elements Review

PEPPERMINT  BREACH  SCALE

I have a photo published in this issue of 3Elements Literary Review, and I hope you'll be inspired to write from the prompt I'm offering (below) after taking a look at the photo. 

This is the second time I've had photography featured in this theme-based literary journal, and I really like their concept. Every quarter they invite submissions of poetry, prose, fiction, photos and art - inspired by one or all of the 3 elements they choose for that quarter. The idea is that the elements inspire new creative works, or breathe new life into already existing ones. 

When I saw their call on the elements of Peppermint, Breach and Scale, I searched #mydailywalk photos for one that might fit. I found a favorite picture I'd taken on a long walk along the Atlantic coast of Florida between St. Augustine and Daytona beaches when I was presenting at a writing conference for the International Women's Writing Guild last March. The heroic potential of the bright red (empty) chairs, standing in a line down the sandy beach awakened my imagination. And, this photo seemed to fit the element of "scale."  

I used the photo as a writing prompt for a class I was teaching, "How Photos Heal," that inspired some powerful writing for my students when I suggested they imagine who, or what, was in the empty chair. After you have a look at my photo on page 15 in 3Elements Literary Review, here's the prompt you can write from:
 
Empty Chair Writing Prompt: 

Who’s in your chair?
This is a picture of a bold and awesome chair – heroically poised with a singular purpose: Safety & Rescue.
 
The Empty Chair Technique in psychodrama (and Gestalt therapy), is when a director asks a protagonist to speak/address someone (or something) AS IF (surplus reality) she/he/it is sitting in the chair, in real time.
 
For this prompt, I invite you to imagine or address a real LIFEGUARD/LIFESAVER in your life who is sitting in this chair. Write as if you are speaking directly to this LIFESAVER, whoever she or he may be. Alternatively, you may write FROM the empty chair, in the role of the LIFESAVER or LIFEGUARD, as if she or he or “it” is addressing you, in the first person, here and now.

And, consider submitting your writing or art for their next issue, with the three elements:

You can submit to 3ELEMENTS LITERARY REVIEW here

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Due October 31, 2017, for winter issue, no. 18. 

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2017

Announcing the 11th Annual Our Voices Festival, Sept. 24, 2017 at Wellesley College

The 11th Annual Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights will take place September 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. at Wellesley College in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall. This FREE event is open to the public, and we hope you'll join us to support new writing by Boston area women playwrights. 

 Some of the Playwrights from the 2016 Our Voices Festival

Some of the Playwrights from the 2016 Our Voices Festival

We start with a reception (refreshments) at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:50, and seats are first come first served. The new plays and monologues will feature the talents of some of Boston's best actors and directors performing new plays by:

 
Anne Marilyn Lucas    My Husband’s Keeper
Zahra A. Belyea   An Editorial
Sue Huggans  The Way Out
Phyllis Rittner Nobody’s Sweetie
Alicia Olivo Flood
Kathleen Miller Blue Socks
Lida McGirr   A House Divided
Andrea Fleck Clardy LISTEN UP!
Hortense Gerardo Virtuous Reality
Kelly, Franci & Perri DuMar Run Aways 

(Please note: Not in order of lineup)

Our Voices Mission: Our Voices aims to nourish Boston area women playwrights by providing a supportive, inspirational setting for developing our unique voices and sharing our vision by presenting plays and monologues in process with talented actors and directors in front of an audience. Over the past eleven years Our Voices has supported over 150 women writers to develop work for the stage. The festival is supported by the generosity of Nora Hussey and the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College.

Preceding the evening of staged readings, an all-day development workshop for selected playwrights to share works in progress for discussion, features:

Daytime Reading Assignments:

12:00 Mickey Coburn The Left Bower

12:30 Fabiola Decius  Draped in History

1:00   Cass von Braun The Legend of Will o’ the Wisp

1:30   Amy Ostreicher   I’ll Tell You a Story

2:00   Carole Frohlich   Double Jeopardy

2:30   Elise Griffin   A Presidency

3:00   Geralyn Horton   Vice Presidential

3:30   Ann Marie Shea  At Your Service

4:00   Rosie Rosenzweig, A Ghost

For more information, contact founder and producer Kelly DuMar (KellyDuMar@gmail.com) or call her at 508.647.0596.

Wellesley College is located at 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. The Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is in the basement of Alumnae Hall, which is wheelchair accessible. There is free parking in the garage across from Alumnae Hall.

Directions Link:  https://www.wellesley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/departments/slater/files/incoming/campus_map.pdf

My Poem is Featured in Mass. Poetry's Poem of the Moment today

I'm pleased and honored that my poem, "How He Asks," is featured as the Poem of the Moment by Mass. Poetry today! This is one of the poems from Tree of the Apple, my recent chapbook inspired by my father's Alzheimer's, published by Two of Cups Press. Hope you'll have a look!

Kelly DuMar: How He Asks

Where did you come from? By this I mean what fills
your days and how did you lose me, I mean when did
I leave you and how did you find me somewhere?
Let’s go back to the beginning.

How did you get here? By this I mean tell me
how I brought you into this world and what are you
— . . .

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