Monday, November 12, 2012

Link Corral: Virginia Quarterly Review Event; Nominations Sought for Poet Laureate; Sun Writer's Retreat in VA

Here’s where I’ll be on Wednesday.  Depending on the weather, I may be wearing my cute new cape!

Reading & reception
Arts Club of Washington (2017 I Street NW)
Hosted by Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR)
5:30 ~ Reception
6:00 ~ Reading

VQR will be celebrating the launch of their fall issue, on the theme of "The Female Conscience" (with an opening essay by Jean Bethke Elshtain that asks "Is There Such a Thing as the Female Conscience?"). On hand will be...

-MARIE ARANA, guest editor  (Writer at Large for the Washington Post, author of several books including the forthcoming Bolivar: American Liberator);
-JUDITH WARNER, contributing essayist (writer for the New York Times Magazine, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress);
-MARY EMMA KOLES, contributing poet  (winner of the 2009 Gerald Stern Poetry Prize and the 2012 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize)
-SANDRA BEASLEY, contributing poet (author of I Was the Jukebox and Theories of Falling)

To RSVP (preferred but not required): Allison Wright, Senior Editorial Assistant at VQR: #
434-243-4995 /  Or RSVP via Facebook:

Visit VQR's website for more information on the issue here:

Visit the Arts Club website for directions and parking info (validated garage parking is available) here:


My town is looking for a Poet Laureate…is it too late for you to move to Alexandria or get a job here?  Too late for me to scribble out a killer villanelle?

City of Alexandria Searches for Poet LaureateThe City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is in search of a Poet Laureate to promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form, encourage the creative writing and reading of literature, and promote literacy through poetry. The individual will serve as Poet Laureate for three years and receive a modest honorarium.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of the Arts, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 by 5 pm on Monday, November 26, 2012. The new Poet Laureate will be named in March of 2013.

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominees must be distinguished in the field of poetry through a body of work, published or unpublished. Nominees are limited to individuals who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria. Individual must live, work or study in the City of Alexandria for a minimum of 1 year prior to applying and through the 3-year term of service. If selected, individuals must be able to fulfill Poet Laureate ceremonial role, including presentations of work appropriate for all audiences and should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Members of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and City of Alexandria staff are ineligible for nomination.

The Commission and the Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, work together to promote and cultivate the arts in the City of Alexandria. For more information, visit or call 703.746.5588. 


I met Pat MacNulty once at a Sun magazine retreat, and she was an excellent teacher.  This retreat sounds wonderful:

 The Writing Path – Author and writing instructor Pat MacEnulty is returning to the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center, in Madison, January 11-13, 2013, to facilitate a writer’s workshop and retreat. Using exercises to help writers get out of their heads and into their bodies, Pat will help writers of all levels delve into their creativity and discover the depth of their hidden material. Sevenoaks offers more than 130 acres with walking trails and paths to the river, and outstanding healthy, homemade meals in a peaceful, natural setting. Cost is $325 and includes lodging and meals. For more information or to register, go to   


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.