Welcome...join me for a year of transformative and collaborative inquiry with a focus on women bloggers.

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Transformative Blogging

Artwork by Genevieve Barnhart

First Poetry Book Publication, Reckoning with Exposure, and Astral Rubbernecking

The My Writing Process Blog Tour is spiraling through the blogosphere, offering the inspirational Mother lode on process specifics for those of us between writing groups, classes, or retreats. Pull us up on Twitter using #MyWritingProcess to see multiple answers to four simple questions: What are you working on? How does your work differ from others of its genre? Why do you write what you write? How does your writing process work? No sooner had I added “blog tour” as part of my to-do list for this fall’s poetry book promotion than appeared Marilyn Bousquin’s invitation to join the tour. I first met Marilyn at She Writes; over the years I enjoyed the warmth and pith of her comments so much that I signed up for her newsletter at Writing Women’s Lives where she mentors women writers. I love her site’s tagline: Your writing. Your story. Your life. Where craft meets consciousness. Marilyn nails the ... more

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The Conjuring of a Poet Tarot Deck: An Interview with Two Sylvias Press

I’ve been on the Royal Road of Tarot for many years with all the usual detours in focus (degrees, children, career). But once on such a path, one is always a pilgrim in some form and blessed by synchronicity. I spent the month of February preparing to teach a new on-line course focusing on writing and the tarot, Exploring the Minor Mentors of Tarot: A Tour Through the Suits (starts March 17,  2014; enroll here). And then I pored over lists of carpool schedules for my three children so they’d survive the five days I’d attend my first AWP Conference in Seattle (held annually by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs—hundreds of presses, MFA program tables, thousands of writers and panels and more). Though I tucked two tarot decks into my suitcase, the full tilt itinerary meant I never had time to throw cards. But at AWP's evening reading featuring Robert Hass, Gary Snyder and ... more

Heather Blakey

Blogger as Weaver: A Solstice Interview with Blog Mage Heather Blakey

I started posting this year at Transformative Blogging in hopes of elucidating some ways bloggers might play and grow, suggesting they try writing a variety of post types; I also hoped to curate a modest library of links to post variations living out on the web. This project brought me to redefine the blogger as pilgrim: one who blogs to transform herself in the company of like-minded others. And blogger as spiritual being/witness: one who blogs at the crossroads of synchronicity and cross-pollination for the greater good of those around her. Towards that curatorial end, I came humbly to find that years prior Heather Blakey of Soul Food Café created a vibrant communal space in the blogosphere that embodies these ideals (I featured Heather’s work earlier this year in Inquiry Posts, Chaucer, and Blogger as Pilgrim thanks to writer Edith O’Nuallain). Heather wove technology, community, and writing together long before blogging was a ... more

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Tania Pryputniewicz

Poetry Play: A Tour Through the Forms

Do you haiku? Ever written a haibun, aubade, or epistolary poem? Want to try your hand ... more

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Exploring the Minor Mentors of Tarot: A Tour Through The Suits

Approaching the tarot from a relaxed, inspirational point of view, we will explore what the images ... more

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Transformative Blogging: Inquiry via Mask

Writing exercises bookend the making of a three-dimensional mask that serves a dual purpose: to provide ... more

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To The Cradle and Beyond: Excavating and Writing the Poetry of Motherhood

To The Cradle and Beyond: Excavating and Writing the Poetry of Motherhood This course (forthcoming again and ... more