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Feb.05.2014
     The occasion of our meet was a poetry party hosted by my good friend Miguel Algarín, founder of the NUYORICAN Cafe in New York. Bob Dylan was in town, visiting the NUYORICANS on a scouting mission for what became his "Desire" album. Miguel invited me to the gathering to...
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Feb.04.2014
     Anonymous was a woman, the saying goes. And sometimes I think I've become her, through no effort of my own. I'll be performing poetry at AWP, for example. But you won't find my name on the program. On Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., I'll be putting on a show at the Seattle...
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Jan.30.2014
When I was in my twenties, my then poet mentor Clayton Eshelman told me that the best poets cannibalize themselves. I was repulsed and thought I knew better. Why would one want to do such a thing? What he meant of course, is that we need to be strict with ourselves, and fierce in our work, to be...
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Jan.28.2014
Pete Seeger at Highlander, 1957, with Rosa Parks, MLK, Rev Roy Abernathy
     My husband Lou ran sound for Pete Seeger at Cornell at least forty years ago. This morning Lou said, "Pete Seeger was a man of principle and he stayed firm. He was blacklisted in the 1950's, but Cornell booked him anyway back then, too." When Lou ran sound the concert...
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Jan.27.2014
     Yep, Ted's song cycle "Winter Morning Walks" composed by jazz band leader Maria Schneider won Best Classical Vocal Solo (Dawn Upshaw), Best Contemporary Composition, and Best Engineered Album, Classical.      Ted is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and one of...
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Jan.27.2014
     Woke up today to a beautiful boost on Facebook, from my friends at Connotation–Press An Online–Artifact.  The kindness in their words amazed and delighted me!  I suspect that Joani Reese--a fine poet in her own right--is behind these sweet notes. But it could be...
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Jan.25.2014
     I teach in France because I love the wine and the food, and the men are farouche--handsome, wild, artful, and not ageist.  My women friends are spectacular--expressive, poetical, smart, gorgeous, and great cooks! I teach in France because the villagers in Auvillar are...
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Jan.20.2014
It's not too late to apply for the writing workshop in Auvillar, France, sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at their French site.  You can still get the Early Bird discount, and several unpublished discounts. Don't hesitate to email me for info! mkallet@utk.edu.  This...
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Jan.20.2014
AWP's in Seattle this year, and many of us are schlepping from Tennessee to the city with better coffee! I'll be performing with Joy Harjo and Pamela Uschuk among others on Thursday morning the 27th onstage, 10:15.  I'm guessing lots of our Red Roomies will be performing at the event as well....
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Jan.19.2014
Yep, I'll be performing poems this afternoon at The Birdhouse, an artists' place in Old North Knoxville.  Darren Demarree is my partner in poetry crime this afternoon at 4.  I've been somewhat snarky about the event: "If they publicized it any less, it would be a rumor."  My way of...
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Jan.18.2014
Years ago, in the 1970's, the Utne Reader published an article on the "politics of conversation." Who controls the dialogue? The upshot was that in conversations between men and women, men often decided the topics and the timing of responses. How much has changed since then? I find that on Facebook...
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Jan.16.2014
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case, the state of Tennessee has implented new policies at the universities for people working with minors.  At the University of Tennessee, we have been hosting a Young Writers Institute for twenty years.  We offer free writing workshops in every genre...
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Jan.15.2014
Some days I lose hope that anyone is reading poetry, that anyone is reading mine!  And then there's a windfall day, when I receive three notices--careful readings, sensitive perspectives, and even loving attention to my work.  Makes me a believer again--though in truth I've never left the...
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Nov.03.2013
     Many years ago I read a brilliant book by Bonnie Friedman, Writing Past Dark.  The book deals with the currents of fear, envy, procrastination, and other obstacles within ourselves that we face as writers.  Friedman based much of her writing on her experiences as...
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Oct.28.2013
     We're just past mid-term at the University of Tennessee, and my beginning poetry students have handed in their poetry manuscripts.  In a class of twenty, all have composed the words into lines that sing and breathe.  They understand line breaks, they choose...
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