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Dear Friends,

If you live nearby, I am offering a free class for mothers this week, and a free 2-hour writing class for anyone, both at Wilkinson Public Library. (info below)

And please listen to the new Emerging Form Podcast, “When is Quitting the Best Thing to Do,” with fabulous guest Pam Houston. If you’ve ever beaten yourself up for quitting a creative project, or if you’re wondering right now if the project you’re working on is really the best fit for you, this episode is right up your alley!

 

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Free Poetry Class on Wednesday for Mothers

Lost in Motherland: Writing to Discover Who We Are(n’t)

Wednesday, April 24

Wilkinson Public Library, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   FREE

Motherhood changes things Amidst the blessings and the challenges, we transform. Whether your child is in utero, in diapers, in junior high, or an adult long out of the home, and chances are that things have not gone as you expected. Chances are you have frustrations, joys, disappointments, elations. This is not a class for writing about our kids, though. It’s a chance to write about yourself, to explore how mothering has informed who you are.

Mother and poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer leads other mothers in this practice of writing, reading and listening. What happens when we ask, “Who am I?” As Ramana Maharshi says, “The purpose of that question is not to find an answer but to dissolve the questioner.” What’s that supposed to mean? Come play.

All mothers welcome—grandmothers, step-mothers, adoptive mothers, mothers-to-be. No previous writing experience necessary. For those who have taken this workshop previously, the material will be all new.

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Thursday, April 25

Writing for the Fun of It

Wilkinson Public Library, 6-8 p.m.

Telluride, CO

Join Rosemerry for this free monthly writing group. Writing is such a solitary act, but when we do it together, there’s a fabulous synergy, a juicy energetic charge. Let’s play.  Theme: Generosity. Just show up!

 

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April 26-27

Shared Visions 2, a concert by the Ars Nova Singers

Friday, April 26,  7:30pm – Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden, Cherry Hills Village

Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, Boulder

The Ars Nova Singers will be performing works by four Colorado composers. Three of the pieces selected will be set to poems written by Rosemerry. One poem was inspired by the artwork of Grace Gee Ajemian will be set to music by Jeff Nytch, another poem was inspired by the art of John Bonath and will be set to music by Paul Fowler. The third was inspired by work by Wewer Keohane and was set to music by Paul Fowler. For more info, http://www.arsnovasingers.org/

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Placerville, CO, Sunday, October 28th  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., $100

How often do you wake up from a dream and wonder, “What was that?”  

What if you discovered that your subconscious has the answers you are seeking? Each night, through dreams we are offered pieces of ourselves that we might never come to know. For many of us, we have learned to not just dismiss our dreams but our deeper emotional and spiritual worlds as well.

In this workshop, we will explore the landscape of dreams and write poems that float between dream and reality, the irrational and the authentic, certainty and uncertainty. Through dreams and poetry, we will open up to the uncertainty in each of our lives—the continual, miraculous unfolding of not knowing.

No previous experience with dream work or poetry necessary. Led by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Corinne Platt.

To register, contact Rosemerry, 970-729-1838 or wordwoman@rosemerry.com

or

Corinne, 970- 596-5221 or corinneplatt@earthlink.net

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Hello Poetry Friends,

I hope you can join me in the next month at these events–several involving happy hour, one involving painting, another involving writing about painting and meditation, and several just plain old writing for the glorious sake of writing. Events in Ridgway, Telluride, Ontario, and Montrose. Come play!

 

June 26

Art Bar: The Art of Showing Up

Ridgeway, CO

Sherbino Theater, 6 p.m.

with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

 

Sometimes, writing a poem is good medicine. The process can help us keep our heads and hearts where our bodies are, inviting us to return to the present moment again and again. No matter how busy you are—or not—this art of paying attention to the here and now has a wonderful way of inspiring us to live better, and to make our world better, while at the same time allowing us to see ourselves and the world as “good enough.” This is a workshop brought to you by curiosity and paradox. We’ll read, write and share poems. All levels of writing expertise welcome. For more information, contact Trisha at 970-318-0150 or programs@weehawkenarts.org. https://www.weehawkenarts.org/all-classes/343-artbar-d-the-art-of-showing-up-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer

 

 

 

 

July 7

First Saturday Poetry

Denver, CO

Bookbar, 4:30 p.m. mingling, 5:30 p.m. reading

Rosemerry and Erika Moss Gordon perform a poetry duet at one of the country’s most innovative and successful bookstores. For more information, contact Crystal at crystal@bookbardenver.com. https://www.bookbardenver.com/event/first-saturday-poetry-series-12

 

 

 

 

July 25 & 26

Writing into the Unknown

Telluride, CO

Ah Haa School, 3-6 p.m.

“Write what you know,” says the adage, but what happens when we write to unknow? What happens when we let our curiosity guide our writing? In this workshop, we will read poems and stories that launch us into wonder, writing that opens doors instead of clicking them closed, then we’ll leap into writing of our own, writing that is more interested in exploration than answers, writing inspired by authenticity. Let’s find out how a bit of what if might transform what happens when you sit down to the page. For more information, contact 970-728-3886. http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/writing-unknown-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer/

 

July 28 & 29

The Art of Showing Up: with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer & Jill Davey

Caledon, Ontario

Alton Mill Arts Centre, 9:40 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Sometimes, writing a poem is good medicine. The process can help us keep our heads and hearts where our bodies are, inviting us to return to the present moment again and again. No matter how busy we are—or not—this art of paying attention to the here and now has a wonderful way of inspiring us to live better, and to make our world better, while at the same time allowing us to see ourselves and the world as “good enough.” To explore the art of showing up, we’ll practice meditation with Jill Davey. We’ll practice ekhprasis, the art of writing poems about works of art. And we’ll practice writing poems based on our observations of the natural world.

This is a workshop brought to you by curiosity and paradox. We’ll read, write and share poems, and find quiet and voice in ourselves. All levels of writing and meditation expertise welcome.  Bring a journal with you! $325 + hst. To register: https://waxworksencaustics.com/events/the-art-of-showing-up-july-28-29/ or call 519-323-3437

 

 

August 1
Write Like Crazy!

Montrose, CO

Field House, 25 Colorado Ave, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Let’s play! This is a class of prompts and writing! We’ll experiment with poetry and stories. The goal? A good time with words in a playful, supportive environment. A class for rousing your muse, no matter where you are in your writing practice. For more information, contact programs@weehawkenarts.org .

 

 

August 10-13

Taking Flight: A Poetry and Painting Retreat for Women

Telluride, CO

Ah Haa School, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

We spend so much energy holding things together, keeping it all in. Let your pen and your paintbrush be the keys to fling open the cage doors. With curiosity as our guide and paradox as our playground, we’ll launch and laugh ourselves into four days of creative freedom. This is a time to generate new work, to be seduced by your wilder self, to explore in an uncensored way the powerful, vulnerable, radiant, humble, soaring woman that is you. All levels of experience and inexperience welcome. Led by Rosemerry and Brucie Holler. http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/taking-flight-poetry-painting-retreat-women-brucie-holler-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer/

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Poetry friends, I hope you will be able to join me for some of these upcoming events:

May 18-20, Telluride Literary Arts Festival, featuring free readings, free open mic, free workshops, a poetry hike! For more schedule and featured guests, visit http://talkinggourds.weebly.com/literary-arts-festival.html

 

May 19, Literary Burlesque!! This year’s them: Uncorseted: It’s not what it seams . Eight whip-smart women strip away what it means to fight for LIBERTY in all their cheeky glory. It’s the 100th anniversary of Armistice. We celebrate the women who unbound themselves using their voices and bodies. Sexy, serious, playful, hot. I’ll be playing Anna Akhmatova, the Russian poet. 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in Telluride. Tickets are $20, available only at Between the Covers, 728-4504. Always sells out, get your ticket now!

 

May 21, Naked for Tea—I will be performing and sharing poems from my newest poetry collection in Ridgway at 6:30 at Cimarron Books and Coffee Roasters. Featuring Kyra Kopestonsky accompanying me on cello. Free.

 

May 23, Lost in Motherland, a free writing workshop for moms (step, biological, grand, etc) exploring how motherhood has undone us and made us who we are. At Wilkinson Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Telluride Room. To register, please call 970-728-4519 and ask for the youth services desk.

 

June 18, Always Becoming: A Dream and Poetry Workshop in Placerville, CO

What if you could rest in the knowing that your own consciousness had the answers that you were looking for? Each night, through the power and intensity of our dreams, we are offered pieces of ourselves that we might never come to know. Dreams speak the language of the soul, a rich and deep patois, from the deepest parts of our being. A dream may speak to a personal mythos or idea we hold about who we are, how we are living or what our future might hold; or it may offer an insight into a small detail of everyday life—what we do in relationships, how we pull back or illuminate the places we are stuck. Talking about dreams – as opposed to interpreting them – opens us up to a deep discovery of our own authenticity.

In this six-hour workshop, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., we will explore the landscape of dreams and use the symbols, images, metaphors and feelings to leap into language, writing poems that walk the line between certainty and uncertainty, dream and reality, the irrational and the true. Through dreams and poetry, we will navigate the tides of becoming—the continual, miraculous unfolding of life. No previous experience with dream work or poetry necessary. Led by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Corinne Platt. $100. 

To register, contact Rosemerry, 970-729-1838 or wordwoman@rosemerry.com

 

June 26, Art Bar(d): The Art of Showing Up, Ridgway, 6-8 p.m. Sometimes, writing a poem is good medicine. The process can help us keep our heads and hearts where our bodies are, inviting us to return to the present moment again and again. No matter how busy you are—or not—this art of paying attention to the here and now has a wonderful way of inspiring us to live better, and to make our world better, while at the same time allowing us to see ourselves and the world as “good enough.” This is a workshop brought to you by curiosity and paradox. And wine. $25 gets you instruction and some liquid inspiration. We’ll read, write and share poems. All levels of writing expertise welcome. For more info or to register, contact Weehawken Arts, https://www.weehawkenarts.org/all-classes/343-artbar-d-the-art-of-showing-up-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer

 

July 7, First Saturday Poetry Series at Bookbar in Denver: Naked for Tea and Phases: Rosemerry joins bestie Erika Moss Gordon for an evening of poetic play. Free. Mingling at 4:30, reading at 5:30. For more info, contact Kate@bookbardenver.com

 

 

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Aspen Poetry Workshop

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Western Slope Moms! Join me for a writing class this Saturday, 9-1, in Ridgway–no experience except mothering necessary. Read all about it and register here: Lost in Motherland: Writing to Discover Who We Are(n’t)

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Hi Poetry Friends,

What might happen to your creative life if you treated yourself to an inspirational, intimate and well, fun four days?

I will be co-leading a painting and poetry retreat, Going Out, Going In, in Telluride with the fabulous artist Brucie Holler, and if you register before March 31, you can get a 15% discount … I am putting a link here for more information and to register. Going Out Going In Retreat

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Also just for women is a 4-hour session of Lost in Motherland: Writing to Discover Who We Are(n’t) on March 23 at Wilkinson Public Library, and it is FREE!

This will be a new version of this popular workshop, always based on the same theme: Motherhood changes things. Amidst the blessings and the challenges, we transform. As one mother put it, “With my first child, I lost my interests. With my second child, I lost my identity.” How do we lean into motherhood’s paradoxical blend of miracle and loss? Writing can help. As James Pennebroke writes in Opening Up, writing “clears the mind” and helps us “understand and reorient our complicated lives” and “helps keep our psychological compass oriented.” What happens when we ask, “Who am I?” As Ramana Maharshi says, “The purpose of that question is not to find an answer but to dissolve the questioner.” What’s that supposed to mean? Come play. For more information, contact Paula Ciberay at 970-728-4519

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Going Out, Going In: An evening of writing play for women
ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER
July 16, 2015
Telluride, CO
Wilkinson Public Library, 6-8 p.m.

A teaser class for the upcoming four day poetry and painting retreat at Ah Haa, see below. Open to any woman, free.

Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: The Art of Ending Poems
ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER
July 19,  2015
Ridgway, CO
Weehawken Arts, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

<span “font-size:10.5pt;mso-fareast-font-family:”times=”” roman”;=”” mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-bidi-font-family:”times=”” color:black”=”” style=”color: rgb(98, 98, 98); font-family: Lato, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;”>In poetry, crafting a memorable, attention-grabbing first line is important. But a poem’s final lines are absolutely critical. Why do some poems seem unfinished? In this workshop, we’ll look at endings of some well-known (and not-so-well-known) poems and talk about what works and what doesn’t and why. And using writing prompts and exercises, we’ll write and rewrite and practice the art of ending it well. If they are interested, participants can bring a poem or two with unsatisfactory endings that they have previously written. https://apm.activecommunities.com/weehawkenarts/Activity_Search/1720

Putting the Polish on Your Poems
ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER
July 28-August 25, 2015
Telluride, CO
Ah Haa School for the Arts, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Kill your darlings. Show don’t tell. These are a few classic bits of advice written in red pen on the poet’s page. But improving your writing goes way beyond such adages. In this five-week class, We will also discuss how and where to send out your poems for publication. For more info, visit http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/putting-the-polish-on-your-poems/

Going Out, Going In: A Four-Day Art & Writing Retreat for Women
ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER
August 13-16, 2015
Telluride, CO
Ah Haa School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Here. A chance to step out of the rush of your life and dedicate time to your creative, playful, wise and unfolding self. What memories, stories, images and patterns might appear? In this four-day intensive, poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and painter Brucie Holler guide and encourage women as they explore in two genres, a practice that allows for surprising insights, clarity and vulnerability. A workshop for women who are ready to go deeper, take new risks, and move more wholly into their creative process. http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/going-out-going-in-a-four-day-art-writing-experience-for-women/

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http://www.tellurideinside.com/2014/08/ah-haa-moment-5-day-art-writing-retreat-for-women.html

Going Out Going In:
A five-day art and writing retreat for women

Connecting writing and visual art can activate what William Burroughs called “The Third Mind”— from the confluence of the two art forms, something new, or other, emerges. What might happen? In this week-long intensive, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Brucie Holler will guide and encourage women participants in their quest to create something “new,” perhaps as much third body and third spirit as third mind. Using poetry and painting, we will explore both inner and outer landscapes, ask questions and practice embracing paradox. A workshop for women who are ready to be pushed around a little by their art, moving more wholly into the creative process.

Schedule: Every day classes will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and 3 – 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to go on walks, hikes or bike rides in the surrounding mountains during the long midday break.

Day 1:
Have fun, my dear, my dear have fun —Hafiz

Theme: Play (receiving, freedom, surrender)
Painting: Paint large, free, no brushes, collaboratively
Writing: Poetry madlibs, collaborative two-line poems, alter ego poems

Day 2:
If truth is the lure, humans are fishes —Jane Hirshfield

Theme: Truth (whatever that entails)
Painting: Emotional studies—how each relates to 9 emotions or states of being (love, anger, grief, fear, joy, depression, serenity, etc…) Create a larger version of one
Writing: Making the abstract concrete, road map poems
Evening: Meal together

Day 3:
The world offers itself to your imagination —Mary Oliver

Theme: Natural World (beauty, gratitude, reverence, survival)
Painting: Working abstractly or representationally, creating an “ode” to the
natural world – mixed media
Writing: Making bridges between outer and inner landscape, conversation with
the natural world

Day 4:
I think with my body which effervesces. —Anna Swirszczynska

Theme: Body Image (sexuality, aging, shame)
Painting: Full-size, spiritual self-portraits in afternoon session
Writing: Writing from the body, undressing the voice
Evening: Gourd Circle—a chance to share poems and other writings written outside of the workshop, or to share favorite poems by others.

Day 5:
My darlings, it’s all a circle —Maxine Kumin

Theme: Circumference (everything and in between)
Painting: Mandalas
Writing: Writing poems on our bones

Instructor Bios:

Her love poems have been read on Prairie Home Companion, and her nature poems have been published in O Magazine. No wonder poet Art Goodtimes calls Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer “a chanteuse of the heart.” She served two terms as the first poet laureate for San Miguel County, Colorado, where she still leads monthly poetry readings, teaches in schools, leads writing workshops and leaves poems written on rocks around the town.

She has authored and edited 13 books, most of them poetry. The most recent collection, The Less I Hold, comes out of her poem-a-day practice, which she has been doing for over nine years. Other collections include The Miracle Already Happening, a chapbook of poems in which the Sufi mystic Rumi keeps showing up in daily life—the kindergarten classroom, the kitchen, even the Walmart parking lot. And Intimate Landscape: The Four Corners in Poetry & Photography is a collaboration with photographer Claude Steelman. Her work has also appears in journals, anthologies, on tie-dyed scarves, alleyway fences and in her children’s lunchboxes.

Rosemerry leads writing workshops for hospice, addiction recovery programs, women’s groups, schools, libraries, teachers and people who think they hate poetry. She performs with a poetry troupe (EAR), sings with a 6-woman a cappella group, and for more than 15 years she has led a poetry discussion series on contemporary American poets and international sacred voices. She is mother to Finn and Vivian, and stepmother to Shawnee. For the last six years, she and her husband were organic fruit growers, but they recently left the life of agriculture. She now works part time for Parents As Teachers. Her master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics is from University of Wisconsin—Madison. Favorite three word mantra: I’m still learning. Favorite one word mantra: Adjust.

“Wonderful, and (third) eye-opening! For me poetry has always tended to be such a personal experience; sharing it with the group facilitated by you was so intimate, and at the same time filled with such resonance … wow.” —Madeline

“I have really improved my poetry skills and felt safe and honored so it was easy to open up. I definitely got my money’s worth. ” —Lauren

Rosemerry, your balance and management, wisdom, heart and craft … whooppeee! What a gift. More! —Jenny

“Rosemerry is a fine teacher—she reaches out, she coaxes, she encourages, she listens, she shares her passion. Poetry just comes alive through her.” —Laurie Wagner Buyer, poet

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not in any hurry, miss rosemerry

Hi Friends,

Tonight leads off a big month of poetry events in our region. Aaron Abeyta will be reading in Ridgway tonight at the Open Bard series at the Sherbino, and he is magnificent. In Telluride, a three-week discussion series on Sufi mystics starts tonight, too. You do not need to attend all the Thursdays to take part.

I thought since there’s so much happening I would send you links to help you decide what you might want to attend … hope to see you!

Rosemerry

May 1, 8, 15
Where Poetry Meets the Divine: Three Sufi Mystics and the State of Your Life
Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, 6-8 p.m., free
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer leads a conversation about Hafiz, Rabia, and Rumi.

http://www.tellurideinside.com/2014/04/wilkinson-library-where-poetry-meets-the-divine.html

May 6
Talking Gourds Poetry Club Hosts Trish Roo
Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery, Telluride, 6 p.m., free
For open mic following, the theme is Wind. Call 970-729-1838.

May 15-18
Telluride Literary Fest
All around Telluride: Poetry Brothel, Literary Burlesque, Literary Pub Crawl, Gourd Circle, Craft Talks, Literary Walk, Book Lovers Bash and More.

http://tellurideliteraryarts.weebly.com/literary-festival.html

May 16
Taking It All Off: An Evening of Literary Burlesque
Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, 7 p.m. $5 at the door
The metaphorical and literal veils will be falling. Come at your own risk.

http://www.ahhaa.org/adult/workshops/writing/

May 22
Word Sharks Poetry Reading
Sideshow Emporium and Gallery, Dolores, 7 p.m., free
Friends Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and David Feela perform, open gourd to follow. Call 970-739-4646.

June 1
Collage: Poetry on Paper
Weehawken Ridgway- Old Schoolhouse, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., $135
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer & Meredith Nemirov lead participants in creating a collage and writing poetry.
https://apm.activecommunities.com/weehawkenarts/Activity_Search/1361

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