Collegeville, Part 2

Collegeville, Part 2

In my last post I told you about my experience at the Collegeville writer's workshop this summer. The Collegeville Institute has just released some pretty cool data from all of its workshop participants this summer (mine wasn't the only workshop being offered). Go here to check out their nifty pie charts.  And hint: I'm the one percent. Also, click here to see a photo of everyone in the Poetry, Prose, and Prayer workshop with me! Anyway, I already mentioned that one of the "live" writing exercises we had to do at Collegeville was…Read more …
Collegeville, Part 1

Collegeville, Part 1

A month ago, I had to amazing opportunity to attend a weeklong writer's workshop for poets at a place called The Collegeville Institute on the campus of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. I can't believe a month has gone by already. It's an experience I'll never forget. I applied way back before Christmas after hearing about Collegeville from a couple of bloggers I read. By the time I got my acceptance email in early spring, I was unsure if Collegeville was the right place for me. After all, it was a Christian ecumenical…Read more …
Booklover’s Gift Pack Giveaway Results!

Booklover’s Gift Pack Giveaway Results!

The day is finally here!! It's time to reveal the winner of the Booklover's Gift Pack Giveaway!!! I used a random name picker website (miniwebtool.com) to help me randomly choose a winner. The winner is  . . . . . Congratulations, Tara!!!! You've won three books and a Starbucks card!    THANK YOU to EVERY person who pre-ordered my chapbook, Evening Body! I am so grateful for your support. Poetry is a beautiful way to connect with others and to ponder the meaning of human life. Anytime someone supports poetry, I'm thankful. The…Read more …

What I’ve Been Reading and Listening To

I'm just going to stop apologizing for not blogging much. My life is currently a pressure cooker of packing for our move, first week of school, and jobs with big responsibilities (for both me and Steven). I'll blog when I can. That's all I got! Anyway, I didn't read as much this summer as I usually do, but I did want to point out a few really good books that I read. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. This was my first Sarah Dessen book, and I like her style. This book was an…Read more …

One Word 365: Mid-Year Word Change?

For a few years I've been choosing one word or mantra for the year instead of making New Years Resolutions. This past January the word I chose was enough. I wanted to begin to truly believe in my own worth. That I don't have to please everyone or act a certain way or do certain things to be a person of value. That even though I have flaws and screw up and am imperfect, as a human being I am enough, and I am worthy of love. I've been trying to learn about…Read more …