Celebrating 25 Years

Where: via Zoom please contact for link

Cost: FREE, but donations encouraged for the presenter

When: Saturdays

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Mountain Standard Time

 

For more information contact

Donna Snyder

915-328-5484

 TumblewordsProject@outlook.com

JUNE 2021

June 5

Kit Wren

The New Intelligence: Timothy Donelly

Kit Wren has participated in the Tumblewords Project since he was 12 years old. During his time studying English literature at the University of North Texas, he was nominated for an award for achievement in short fiction.

 

His sportswriting has appeared in The Dentonite.  Since moving back to El Paso in 2014, he has been active in Tumblewords and the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series.  His poetry is published in Barrio Panther and in Chismosa Press.  Kit is a frequent presenter of workshops for the Tumblewords Project.

June 12

Steve Brown

Bluish- Green and Foaming Pink: Eroded  Poems on the Suburban Frontier

Steve Brown is a poet, writer and educator. He lives, gardens and blogs at Dry Creek Farm in rural Utah. He’s currently working on memoir/travelogue hybrid tentatively titled Heat, Blue Sky and Roads that Go Forever: The Great Texas Road Trip Thank-You Tour currently published in blog-format at https://greysealtravel.blogspot.com/. Of his poetry and this workshop, Steve says, “Writing for me has always been an associative process.

 

I sit down with a single image, thought, or feeling, and then rummage through the equivalent of old magazines in my mind, ripping out bits and pieces, like a collage artist. Then, I assemble them bit by bit, hoping they'll lead to some sort of semblance. I want something that shimmers like the world through a rain-dappled window at night--blues, yellows, reds and purples pocked and streaked in sub-narratives that mix and mingle and diverge again.

 

What I really want my writing to do is dazzle. If pushed, I'd probably have to say, I'm for style over substance. I don't mean any particular style. I just mean sound. Visual sound. Auditory sound. The power of words as words. Sure, I'd like to say something worthwhile in the process. But, the truth is, I write to write. To reach into that cool deep well and pull out some slick, dripping image, and to hear that translucent sound layered up, as I stack image on image.”

June 19

Juba the Griot

  

Juneteenth, a Day of Celebration

Sarah Addison aka Juba believes that stories are more than entertainment, they play an important part in social change.  The power of sharing stories builds communities and bridges difference in our society.  Most importantly they nurture the imagination in children and can heal wounded spirits.  As a storyteller and teaching artist, she shares what she knows to help others grow. 

For many African Americans, June 19 is considered an Independence Day.  On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War was long over and slavery in the United States had already been abolished.  On that day 250,000 enslaved people were freed despite the message to stay and work for their owners. Many left in search of family members who were sold during slavery. 

Juba‘s grandmother Sara Jane was born in 1863 the year that President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  When Sara Jane was 2 years old, she and her mother Sadie were finally granted their freedom.  They remained on the plantation and became sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta.

Juba will share Juneteenth poems.

June 26

Sheryl Luna

River of Words: the Border, Boundaries, and Bridges

 

Are borders necessary or bad for us? Are we naturally driven to connect with others or does some mistrust and apprehension hold us back? The U.S./Mexico border can be shown via crisp and clear imagery, and we can connect that imagery to our innermost fears and desires. In other words, we can examine both our internal and external landscapes. We will review “Body of Rags, International Bridge Between the U.S. and Mexico” by Ray Gonzalez. We may also review one of my own poems as a model.

Sheryl Luna’s Magnificent Errors received the 2020 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize from University of Notre Dame and is forthcoming in 2022. Pity the Drowned Horses (University of Notre Dame Press) received the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Seven (3: A Taos Press) was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.

 

She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Canto Mundo, the Anderson Center and Ragdale. She received the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Huizache and Pilgrimage.