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Hello friends,

I hope you can join me in a four-week poetry discussion class on living with uncertainty.

Week 1: Accepting Uncertainty as a Part of Life

Week 2: How Inviting the Unknown Helps us Live More Richly

Week 3: How we Find Ourselves by Getting Lost

Week 4: The Generative Power of Not Knowing

The class is offered through Weehawken Arts in Ridgway, Colorado, 12-2 p.m. on Wednesdays. To read more or sign up, please click https://www.weehawkenarts.org/classes/22-classes/creative-arts/153-living-with-uncertainty-a-poetry-discussion-series-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer

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Wednesday February 1-March 1, 2017

Telluride, CO
Ah Haa School, 6-8 p.m.


When a stranger on the corner asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” pianist Arthur Rubinstein famously replied: “Practice. Practice. Practice.” What’s true for the pianist is true for the poet. If you want to improve, it takes practice. In this five-week class, participants will be asked to write a poem a day for a month. A poem a day?! Mmm hmm. You can do it even if you’ve never written a poem outside of English class.

All participants will receive a 30-day inspiration booklet with 60 possible prompts written by the workshop leader. You can scribble a late-night haiku about your cat or type a 14-line sonnet in rhymed iambic pentameter. It doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if the writing is “good.” It matters that you write. It matters that you play. It matters that you try new things.

More than poetry as product, we’re exploring a poetic life—poetry as path and lens and anchor and kite. These just might be 30 of the most fun, creative, door-opening, writer’s-block-busting, voice-changing, provocative days of your life. Let’s play. For more information, call 970-728-3886 or visit http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/leaping-how-to-wildly-advance-your-writing-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer/

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November 8, 15, 29, Dec. 13

Lightning Rods for the Muse: America’s Recent Poet Laureates

Telluride, CO, Wilkinson Public Library, 6-8 p.m. 

 

Back in high school English class, you probably learned how poets spoke for their time—how the literature of the day reflected all that was happening politically, culturally, spiritually and economically. Who’s speaking for us today? In series, we’ll take a look at the four most recent U.S. poet laureates: Philip Levine, Natasha Trethewey, Charles Wright and Juan Felipe Herrera. Free. For more information, contact the amazing Elissa, edickson@telluridelibrary.org

 

 

November 9 & 16

Shoot From the Hip, Write From the Heart: Drop-In Writing Workshop

Ah Haa School, noon-1 p.m. 

 

Step back into a long-forgotten practice, develop and refine your writing skills, garner some help with writer’s block or just try something new during Ah Haa’s ongoing drop-in writing workshop. Students bring a pen and paper or laptop, some ideas (or not—Rosemerry will have some if you don’t) and your lunch (optional!). No pre-registration is necessary! Come to as few or as many workshops as you’d like. $15 each. For more information, contact, Ah Haa at 970-728-3886.

 

November 9

Scribblers and Writers

Durango, CO, Maria’s Bookstore, 6:30

 

 

Scribblers & Writers and Maria’s host an evening with Rosemerry. She’ll talk about embracing creativity, how art helps us fall in love with the world, the gifts of failure and read from her new book, Even Now. Free and open to the public.

 

 

November 12

Possessed: The Art of Things, a drawing and poetry class

Ridgway, CO, Weehawken Arts, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

 

Everyone has a “cherished object,” perhaps on from childhood that elicits memories from times past or perhaps something more recently purchased that inspires feelings of joy and pleasure. Poets have written poems to objects—consider that famous Grecian Urn or WC. Williams’ red wheelbarrow. And artists have produced an entire genre devoted to things—the still life. Join Rosemerry and Meredith to explore through words and drawings the things that enrich your life. Bring a couple of objects you like. Bring any drawing tools you enjoy working with—pens, pencils, charcoal, etc. Bring a sketch book about 11” x 15”

$120 per person.  Minimum 7 students, Maximum 10. Call 970-318-0150 or visit http://weehawkenarts.org/creative-arts/adult-arts-classes/140-possessed-the-art-poetry-of-things-a-drawing-and-poetry-class-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer-and-meredith-nemirov

 

November 18-19

AJAR!

Fort Morgan, CO, Fort Morgan Community College

 

AJAR stands for Art Goodtimes, Judyth Hill And Rosemerry … a dynamic trio of poetry performers who perform independently and as a troupe—political, ecstatic, intimate, fun. They perform for the college on Friday night at 7 p.m. and then lead a workshop on Saturday at 11. For more information, contact the wonderful Rachel at rachel.kellum@gmail.com

 

December 3

Even Now & Primate Poems Book Launch

Fruita, CO, The Lithic Bookstore

 

Join Rosemerry and artist Jill Sabella for the official launch of their new book, Even Now, a collection of poems and drawings the two artists spent two years creating. Joining them will be Danny Rosen, founder and owner of Lithic Press and Lithic Bookstore, launching his own new collection, Primate Poems!

 

December 7

Even Now Booksigning 

Telluride, CO, Between the Covers Bookstore, time TBA

 

 

Join Rosemerry at the bookstore on Noel Night when there will be discounts on all purchases … she’ll be signing copies of her new book—a great gift! And her old books, too.

 

Wednesday February 1-March 1, 2017

Leaping: How to Wildly Advance Your Writing: A five-week adventure in growing your voice

Telluride, CO, Ah Haa School, 6-8 p.m. 

When a stranger on the corner asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” pianist Arthur Rubinstein famously replied: “Practice. Practice. Practice.” What’s true for the pianist is true for the poet. If you want to improve, it takes practice. In this five-week class, participants will be asked to write a poem a day for a month. A poem a day?! Mmm hmm. You can do it even if you’ve never written a poem outside of English class. All participants will receive a 30-day inspiration booklet with 60 possible prompts written by the workshop leader. You can scribble a late-night haiku about your cat or type a 14-line sonnet in rhymed iambic pentameter. It doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if the writing is “good.” It matters that you write. It matters that you play. It matters that you try new things. More than poetry as product, we’re exploring a poetic life—poetry as path and lens and anchor and kite. These just might be 30 of the most fun, creative, door-opening, writer’s-block-busting, voice-changing, provocative days of your life. Let’s play. For more information, call 970-728-3886 or visit http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/leaping-wildly-advance-writing/

 

 

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How do you improve your writing? This week I will be leading a free class at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, “Putting the Polish on You Poems.” It is a teaser for a five-week class I will be leading through the Ah Haa School for the Arts starting later this month. Not sure you are ready for re-vamping your work? That’s why we offer this teaser. Join me from 6 to 8  on Wednesday, July 8. I believe in positive reinforcement and creating a safe environment for sharing, and I also love to push people in their craft. If you can’t make the class, but would like help with your poems, please inquire about my hour-long poetry conversations, available in person or over the phone.

for more information about the Ah Haa Class, visit http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/putting-the-polish-on-your-poems/

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photo by Kaycee Clark

photo by Kaycee Clark

June 22
Grand Junction, CO
A Gesture in the Making: The Art of the Small and Humble

Western Colorado Writer’s Forum, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Less is not just more but an open store. This class, four hours of play and curiosity, integrates the writing of poetry with Alcohol Ink painting. No experience with writing or painting is necessary, just a willingness to be led by the blank page, the pen as it glides, the paint as it moves. What’s that supposed to mean? Come find out as friends Wendy Videlock and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer experiment, too, letting intuition come through the gestures of our bodies, the gestures of the arts. You’ll come away with some small poems and small paintings, and perhaps a growing notion of what happens when we let the world move us. All painting supplies will be provided in the class. $55. A supplies fee of $7 is to be paid in class. For more information, contact Sandra Dorr, sandydorr@bresnan.net .

July 1
Telluride, CO
Why Look Like a Dead Fish? A Day of Reading and Writing with Rumi

Ah Haa School, Stone Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“With passion pray. With passion make love. With passion eat and drink and dance and play. Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of God?”
Jalaladin Rumi (1207-1273)

And with passion, we’ll read and converse and write. Rumi, a Sufi poet, theologian and teacher born in Persia, has been the best selling poet in America since the 1980s. His is a universal voice for cosmic, Divine love, not limited by religious beliefs, not embroiled in dogma. Into our modern, synthetic, technological world starved for real ecstasy, Rumi spills ecstasy.

For six hours, we’ll talk about Rumi’s life, read his poems from multiple translators, and write our own poems in response to his words. All are welcome, regardless of poetic experience. As Rumi would say, “It’s rigged—everything in your favor. So there is nothing to worry about.” For more information, contact Jess Newens at 970-728-3886.

August 12
Grand Junction, Colorado
Drawing on Trees: An inspired class of drawing and writing

Grand Junction Art Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Go out on a creative limb with artist Meredith Nemirov and poet Rosemerry
Wahtola Trommer. In this six-hour class, we’ll let the trees lead us to art and poetry, conversing across centuries and cultures with other lovers of trees. Students from other “blended” classes led by the same instructors have said,
“I loved the different approach. Very fun.”
“Both instructors were highly knowledgable and complemented each other. The
workshop was a good merging of art and poetry.”
“Wonderful experience melding the word and the line. Loved it!”
Consider the day a gift to your muse. Students of all levels welcome. All materials supplied. For more information and to register, contact Charles Wallis, cwallis@gjartcenter.org.

August 16-18
Telluride, CO
Writing the Path: A Writing Retreat Where Nature Meets Human Nature

Ah Haa School, Stone Building, Friday 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Our idea of poetic exercise? Wander through wildflower meadows and alpine rock basins before you sit down to write. Jog your imagination with works by other fabulous writers. Volley ideas, flex your senses, and stretch your sense of the sacred.

For one evening and two days, we’ll follow both literal and metaphorical paths, exploring the life of the mountains and the landscapes of the heart. Whether you write only to-do lists or craft best selling novels, this workshop (better labeled a playshop) will revive the deep pleasures of reading and writing poetry and help you fall more deeply in love with the word and the world. For more information, contact Jess at 970-728-3886 or visit http://www.ahhaa.org.

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