Wednesday, March 20, 2019

poetry-collaging workshops in april 2019 in celebrating national poetry month.

two poetry-collaging workshops are lined up for april 2019 as national poetry month. here is the first.

the second will be at kula kamala foundation & yoga ashram at 17 basket road, reading, pa 19606 on saturday, april 6 from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. this is a part of the ashram's monthly first saturday event, with donations welcome to help support programming.

visit the blog for berks bards to see a full lineup of varied community poetry workshops, open mics, readings, and a celebration of our nonprofit joining the community 21 years ago in 1998.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

a poetry-ish hello.

long time no blog. rest assured, in a busy year of shifting priorities, i've been working on poetry in the background, including a lot of coordinating and organizing for berks bards, reeling in varied styles and voices of poets from the region and out of state to be featured at monthly first thursday events at goggleworks center for the arts and in what we call bard fest (2019 info pending posting!) in springtime. taking on the role of president of berks bards earlier in 2018 is a part of the hiatus from this blog. i had been with berks bards for a few years before this as a promoter and photographer. this volunteering in the community gobbles up a lot of time, but it's incredibly rewarding heart-wise and is a big part of what i believe in for what i know helps our world through language, vocal cords, and on many a page or piece of paper.

berks bards is a small, grassroots poetry-promoting nonprofit which began in 1998, so it turns 21 this year. i don't drink much or often, but we're hosting a party of poem-throwing with our fans to bring their own words in april 2019 as national poetry month at brandywine branch distillery & bistro in elverson. visit our facebook page to stay tuned for more info, or ask us to be added to our email list. we promote our own poetry readings and open mics but also workshops and other poetry-laced events hosted by other organizations and people, too, including when we stumble across local or national calls for submissions.

i'm also on a planning committee at RACC for the eighth berks county poet laureate competition and the fourth berks scholastic poet (high school-aged students) laureate competition. rules are here, and the electronic submission deadline is march 31, 2019.

for now, here is one of my favorite brief poems which i wrote on a chilly-as-a-curse-word winter evening. as i say, onward with poems.

Friday, August 17, 2018

sunday, august 26, 2018: a final summer poetry-collaging workshop at culture den in st. peter's village.

culture den in st. peter's village is hosting a final poetry-collaging workshop of summertime on sunday, august 26, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

to not discourage anyone from participating in consideration of how life is expensive and hard to keep afloat in financially sometimes, we're not directly charging for this workshop. but for those who can afford to support my teaching efforts as a visiting instructor and also the costs to run culture den, in the vein of the art of asking by amanda palmer of the dresden dolls, we'd greatly appreciate money-geared backing. we hope it might be a balance to help across those who can and can't afford to pay for our value. and this workshop has been enthusiastically enjoyed several times across this and other venues in recent months.

we'll be supplying all needed materials, but those who join us are welcome to bring any of their own as well to make their collages even more individualized and custom. and particularly awesome. join us!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

CANCELED: sunday, july 29, 2018 poetry-collaging workshop at culture den in st. peter's village.

unfortunately, the poetry-collaging workshop scheduled for tomorrow, sunday, july 29 at culture den in st. peter's village, is now canceled due to a plumbing emergency with all of the rain we've had recently. but we will be hosting a last summer workshop on august 26th at 3 p.m.

digital collage-collaging credit: kevin spyker

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

exeter township school district — a community newsletter featuring may 2018 animal poems workshops.

exeter township school district featured my animal poems workshops at their elementary schools from may 2018 in a recently mailed community newsletter. i so enjoyed my time working with their fourth grade students.

Friday, June 29, 2018

traveling poetry classes in july 2018 @ the kutztown folk festival & the schuylkill river in mont clare.

june 2018 traveling poetry class info.

next classes–

when: sunday, july 8 @ 1 p.m. & sunday, july 22 @ 10 a.m.


for july 8,  lock 60 along the schuylkill river is located at 400 tow path road, mont clare, pa 19453, and this road is just across from produce junction outside of phoenixville off of bridge street–follow the driveway all the way back until there is no where else to go 

for july 22, the kutztown folk festival located at 225 north whiteoak street, kutztown, pa 19530; i believe parking is on the opposite side of the entrance area and maybe even on the college campus nearby; parking is noted as free

optional themes of focus:

    sunday, july 8–the kutztown folk festival & its many vendors, happenings, etc.
    sunday, july 22–river poems (& charles bukowski poems, from may & june 2018)

at the folk festival, we'll explore and see what there is to see (bring notebooks to pen some observations!), and then we'll find a spot under shade of trees in the grass to talk poetry.

and we've had our last two river classes canceled due to rain, so hopefully the river and weather will be on the same page for july 22.

any topics of creative writing are welcome for sharing and workshopping during class by those who attend, but we have inspirational topics as prompt ideas, too. please bring a few copies to share with other students, if you can, for anything you write and want to practice reading as well as discussing. but just having your original copy to read from is okay, if that's easier for the writer.

cost: $20 per student, per class (we usually meet for 2 hours or more); for the class on july 8, since adult tickets cost $14.00 (and i have 6 coupons for $2.00 off), students are welcome to pay what they can for class on this date

if we ever have oddly inconvenient weather around the time of classes, i will update those who RSVPed to classes in advance to let them know if we are canceling, rescheduling, or relocating.

if you have any questions, feel free to reach out via poetrywithjenniferhetrick at yahoo dot com.

and if you know anyone who may be interested in our class, feel free to share this blog content onward.

also, if there is anyone who may want to join our class but lives in another area across berks, chester, and montgomery counties, we sometimes travel to a good variety of different places, so let us know, and we can see about planning classes closer to you.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

an aunt & some nieces — a trip to ott's exotic plants this month.

a must-visit place in our area is ott's exotic plants in schwenksville; i visited there twice in early may with two of my nieces and then again with one of the same nieces and another one.

the initial trip's photos are by me and lillee grace. i've been teaching my young nieces and encouraging them with photography in the past few years. i figured learning the skill and trusting themselves all the sooner in this world is probably a useful approach. and why the hell not. we need strong, capable, creative adults a few decades from now, anyway.

a haiku, for some good fun.


a house of textures
we glide fingertips along
foliage, soft blooms

a second trip in mid-may: these photos are by me, lillee grace, and lilly jay.