March-April 2019: Williamson Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, Eastern New Mexico University, Spring 2019. “Writing and Publishing Today.” With Don Mitchell. 3 units, 8 weeks, upper division undergraduates and graduate students. On campus March 18-30, online for another 6 weeks. I will also lead two “Body Speaking” workshops, give two readings (date and time tba), and talk with book groups, school and library groups.
April-May 2019: Writing workshop for National Poetry Month, Wednesdays, April 3-May 2, 7-8:30 pm. Contact Ruth for location. $60. Class size is limited. Will incorporate movement, meditation, pranayama, writing in nature, writing from the body, writing from science and other kinds of knowledge. Generate new material; identify potent images, phrases, and scenes; begin revision; and work on performiance skills.
April-May 2019: Meditation With Ruth Thompson. Sunday mornings, April 7-May 12, 8:30-9:30 am. Contact Ruth for location. We will explore meditative techniques from many spiritual traditions, concluding each week with 20-30 minutes of individual silent seated meditation. BYO zafu or blanket. Donation optional, to animal rescue.
June 2019 I hope to be back in the Bay Area and the California coast to read from Whale Fall & Black Sage.
September 2019 may take me to Austin to read with the marvelous poet Ire’ne Lara Silva, and then to upstate New York to teach and read with dear friend Esther Cohen.