The Practice of Poetry Manuscript Class:
Ellen Austin-Li, Andrew Boettcher, Claudia Kasvin,
Erica Manto-Paulson, and and Elaine Olund,
with teacher Pauletta Hansel
THE PRACTIC OF POETRY MANUSCRIPT CLASS of five writers worked over the summer with Pauletta Hansel, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian Book of Poetry and Cincinnati’s 2017 Poet Laureate, toward development of their first books of poetry. They are:
Ellen Austin-Li has been published in Artemis Journal, Writers Tribe Review, The Maine Review, Mothers Always Write, and SOS Arts’ poetry anthology, For a Better World, 2013-2018.
Andrew Boettcher is an aspiring poet who has published work in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. He resides in Covington, KY with his partner, Bradley, and their three cats.
Claudia Kasvin has lived in virtually every region of the U.S. and draws on her experience for her work in multiple genres, including poetry, humor, short stories, and a novel in progress.
Erica Manto-Paulson is an Italian-American doula and hypnobirthing instructor who makes bread, pasta and poetry.
Elaine Olund is a writer, artist, designer and yoga teacher who leads a generative narrative workshop focused on losing the inner critic and finding joy through writing.
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Pauletta Hansel's Practice of Poetry Manuscript Class is a summer offering for poets working toward development of their first books of poetry. She founded the workshop series in 2008, based on her belief that much of what makes good poetry goes hand-in-hand with good spiritual practices: paying attention to the interaction of our inner lives and the outer world, making time for reflection, nurturing a supportive community of fellow practitioners and committing to an honest assessment of what to keep and what to let go. Info about Pauletta’s Cincinnati area classes can be found here: https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/programs/. Info about an online version of the manuscript class can be found here: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/the-makery/workshop-catalog/developing-your-manuscript-a-master-class-in-poetry/.
Word of Mouth Cincinnati, which began in January 2014, is co-hosted by fellow writers Jim Palmarini and Mark Flanigan. It was founded in memory of the late Aralee Strange who, after many years living, writing and producing work in the Cincinnati area, moved to Athens, Georgia where she co-founded Athens Word of Mouth.
WoMC is an intentional arc of both past and future utterance, inspired by our most revered voice, with a nod to her Athens, GA compatriots. Word of Mouth asks poets to Show Up, Mouth Off and Pay Attention.
Admission to Word of Mouth Cincinnati is free and open to all ages, although some content may contain adult themes and language. MOTR Pub 1345 Main Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Coal Town Photograph
I am from a place divided
from itself, back stoop
from storefront window
lit to hide the shadow
of the mountain. I am from
the crack in the framed picture.
are you on—the gone
or the left behind? I am from
a place that could not hold me,
never even tried. Come morning,
mist of evening rain,
a ghost above a mirrored sun.