Saturday, February 21, 2009

2009 Picnic Update & Sunflower Preview

Just a quick note updating you about pwp 2009 - the 12th annual Poets & Writers Picnic: no overkill this early in the year, not to mention avoiding plogger burnout. After all, I'll be writing on the subject periodically from now through August.

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If you are not on organizer Dale Harris's pwp/workshop mailing list, let her know. e-mail poetdale@yahoo.com, telephone: (505) 242-4930 or surface mail (Dale Harris, 2115 Aspen Avenue, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104).

Dale & I met here in Mountainair last week end to go over a few details & confirm arrangements with the Shaffer Hotel (garden & gazebo for picnic, conference room for workshop, box lunches for workshop, room discount for workshop and picnic participants and so on). It's all a go - same days and locations as last year (& the year before & so on).

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sharing poems & stories around the fire

Sunflower Poetry Writing Workshop: Thursday afternoon - Saturday just past noon; grand finale, reading at Picnic. Workshop leader: Dale Harris; guest lecturer/ workshop instructor (& picnic featured reader): Gary "Mex" Glazner (in from the wilds of Manhattan). I suppose I'm the resident Renfield: checking in workshoppers Thursday and sending them out on their 1st assignment, perhaps offering blogging tutorials if there is any call for such. The 2009 brochures & flyers are not ready yet but will be mailed to Dale's list, distributed at poetry venues, posted here & elsewhere when they are. In the meantime, look at last year's brochure & flyer, visit past workshops.

folk music at PWP

Poets & Writers Picnic: it's all here, updated as we go along. Featured readers & open mic. I'll be posting bios of featured readers as they are confirmed & send bios. New this year: a co-mc, Ken Gurney, to share mic duty with Dale as well as reading as a featured. What I wrote above about flyers goes for here too.

Our sponsor, the Manzano Mountain Arts Council puts on Mountainair's annual Sunflower Festival, concurrent with PWP and just a few block away at the Dr Saul Community Center, exuberantly spilling out into the street in front. Don't miss it: vendors, art, crafts, flea & farmers market, live music, Sunflower Hat contest, library (across the street) book sale and more. Don't miss the Children's Sunflower Art and sunflower displays in storefront windows all over town.

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I'll keep you posted - and my other blog, Mountainair Arts, covers it as extensively as the arts council information flow permits. More to come... including Sunflower, Picnic and Workshop participation in the Gran Quivira Centennial and still more (got to keep a few things under my sunflower hat...)

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