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Everyday Pilgrimages: Metaphors, Questions, and Omens

A Joint Poetry Workshop co-taught by Lisa Rizzo and Tania Pryputniewicz

Saturday March 4th, 2017

10-12 am at San Diego Writers, Ink

$30 fee (members of SDWI) or $36 non-member includes copy of Lisa Rizzo’s “Always a Blue House”

Sign up here at SDWI

In Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, December 2016), Lisa Rizzo’s poems range between the earthbound house of human perception and the limitless plane of soul questions elicited by opening one’s heart to the blue angel of poetry. Whether she is listening in the depths of the Oregon Caves for “what had not yet been unearthed” or asking of her readers, “will you follow me?” Rizzo’s questions linger: “What gifts do I give?” “Does faith remain when memory is lost?” In November Butterfly, Tania Pryputniewicz introduces the reader to the lives of iconic women. Through personae poems, she explores metaphors and offers similar invitations:  “Let us begin with the worm / its translucent omen…”

Book photoJoin both poets for a two-hour workshop exploring the ways we can use metaphors, questions, and omens to write the poetry of our lives. Bring pencil and paper and write with us. Class time will allow for a close look at a few poems from each writer’s collection as a starting point for creating your own work, writing time, and sharing time. Course fee includes a copy of Rizzo’s Always a Blue House.

Lisa Rizzo is the author of Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and the chapbook, In the Poem an Ocean (Big Table Publishing, 2011).  Her work has also appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies such as Calyx Journal, Naugatuck River Review, and DoveTales “Nature” An International Journal of the Arts. Two of her poems received 1st and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Maggi H. Meyer Poetry Prize competition. Having spent 23 years teaching middle school language arts, she is now an instructional coach, working with teachers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached online at www.lisarizzopoetry.com.

Headshot for Tania PryputniewiczTania Pryputniewicz is a co-founding blogger for Tarot for Two and Mother Writer Mentor. Saddle Road Press published her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly, in 2014. Poems are forthcoming in A Year In Ink, The Chiron Review, Everyday Haiku Anthology, Nimrod International Journal, and Whale Road Review. She teaches a monthly poetry workshop for San Diego Writers, Ink and lives in Coronado, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Husky, and a portly housecat named Luna. She can be found online at www.taniapryputniewicz.com.



Prior Events:

Four-Eyed Frog Flamingo Meet and Greet

flamingos_flyer.aiCome out to meet the Flamingos… Saturday June 18, 4 p.m. at Four-Eyed Frog Books, 39138 Ocean Drive, Gualala. We are a group of nine women writers, all published and recipients of literary awards.

We come every year to Sea Ranch to share writing, good food, great wine, laughter, and a deep love of Gualala’s stunning coastal beauty.

This Meet and Greet conversation gives us a chance to discuss how we met, to consider what makes a writers group a success, and brainstorm with you how we might serve the local writing community with future workshops and events.

We hope to see you there!


Tania in the garden by Lisa Rizzo 2November Butterfly:

I am booking “Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly” Workshops and Readings for my first poetry collection, November Butterfly, Saddle Road Press, 2014 (most recent: Review of November Butterfly at Tweetspeak Poetry by Glynn Young,  Review of November Butterfly at Damfino Press by Lauren Gordon and Review of November Butterfly at TCJWW by Jen Teeter-Moore (The California Journal of Women Writers) and Review of November Butterfly at The Mom Egg, by Anne Marie Fowler). Because I am organizing and funding the book tour solo, I would love ideas about venues; if you feel your city would support a workshop like the one described below, please contact me. I am also, as a lifelong teacher, interested in visiting college English classrooms to consider women artists and writers in their roles as mentors (as supported by the book’s focus on iconic women and their relationship to thriving).

Cities for which I am actively working on booking events include Albuquerque, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Chicago, and Iowa City.


FILM SCREENING OF POETRY MOVIES: Guerneville Public Library: 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446. Wednesday, October 14. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Five poetry movies: “She Dressed in a Hurry, Lady Di,” “Amelia,” “Mordred’s Dream,” “Thumbelina,” “The Corridor, Guinevere.” Photographer Robyn Beattie will read the poems from November Butterfly, show the corresponding movies, and field questions about her images and her creative process.

Attended AROHO’s 2015 Retreat as the Marg Chandler Fellow and taught mentor writing workshop based on poems in November Butterfly in August of 2015. Offered poetry consults in conjunction with Tarot Reading (Tarot as Poet’s Mirror).

READING and BOOK SIGNING: Sunday, August 9th, 2:00 p.m Garcia Books, 376 Garcia Street, Santa Fe with poets Barbara Rockman and Robyn Hunt.

BOOK SIGNING: March 14th, Coronado Public Library, Winn Room, from 4-6 p.m. I will have copies of November Butterfly for sale and would love to sign a copy for you. Come out and check out all of us local authors; the Winn Room will be buzzing with many of us eager to meet and speak with you.

POETRY MOVIES, READING, ARTSHOWMarch 29th, 2015 event in Northern California (hosted by The Occidental Center for the Arts)  showcasing a handful of the poetry movies featuring the poems in November Butterfly. Original works of art on display at the event which will included showing the movies, a reading and Q and A.


Presented by Friends of the Coronado Library

Friday, February 6, 2015 6:00pm to 9:00pm

640 Orange Ave

$50.00/person includes food, wine, beer and $10 voucher for Second Hand Prose bookstore

To purchase tickets send your check with name, phone number and email address to: Friends of the Coronado Library, PO Box 180172, Coronado CA 92178-0172 or visit www.CoronadoFOL.org

November 1, 2014

San Diego Book Launch: “Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly” Workshop and Reading

San Diego Writers, Ink

The InkspotPaper Dolls Robyn Beattie




What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just for you? In this dual focus workshop, we’ll consider our heroes, both famous and family, who have inspired us. Using them as inspiration, we’ll write our cocooned core stories. We’ll also explore the butterfly and hero metaphors via colored pencils and paper cutouts. Art supplies provided. No prior writing experience necessary.

2:30-3:30 Writing Workshop ($30 fee includes copy of the poetry collection, November Butterfly)

3:30-4:30: Reading and book signing $5 suggested donation.

Sign up here for the workshop at San Diego Writers, Ink


November 10, 2014sam and T (2)

Sonoma County Book Launch: ”Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly” Workshop and Reading

Sonoma County’s Coffee Catz holds a special place in my heart; not only did I get to spend Friday mornings for a few hours writing when my children were babies (Grandpa and Grandma took over every week so I could sneak away), but we even hosted the baby shower for my firstborn in the back room behind the velvet curtain. Owner Debbie chatted me sweetly all through my first pregnancy and the next.  I am so thrilled to return to use that back room to celebrate November Butterfly’s release. Come out and write with me for an hour; we will follow our writing workshop with a reading and book signing. See the “Free Your Butterfly” description above. No prior writing or art experience needed.

Coffee Catz

6761 Sebastopol Ave

Sebastopol, CA


2:00-3:00: Writing workshop (Free Your Butterfly, description above); $30 includes hour long workshop and a copy of the poetry collection, November Butterfly. Please contact me to pre-register or sign up at the door.

3:00-4:00: Reading and book signing; free of charge.


November 11, 2014

Bay Area Reading and Book Signing for the poetry collection, November Butterfly: I’ll be reading with Saddle Road Press sisters Michelle Wing and Ruth Thompson

Moe’s Books, Berkeley

2476 Telegraph Ave

Berkeley, CA 94704

7:30 p.m.


More Information about the poetry collection November Butterfly:

Available on Amazon in paperback ($13.50) or Kindle ($7.99) editions.

Or support Saddle Road Press by ordering directly through my Contact page (send me a request) or by coming to one of my  Events  (workshops/readings) to pick up a copy in person.

Early praise:

Bhanu Kapil, author of “The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers”:November Butterfly Poetry Book Cover Tania Pryputniewicz Photo Robyn Beattie Cover Design Don Mitchell

In which a “gorget” sparkles at the throat.  Or: a rose, like a body, might be “resurrected.”  Tania Pryputniewicz has written a book where these things become possible.  Visible. Reading, we enter a world in which Guinevere loves and does not love; we glimpse her as a girl wearing “pale slippers like falcon hoods,/ so lethal, so light.”  Later, she is a woman, shimmering, conflicted, drawn to a great, obliterating love.  Will she “burn blue”?  We watch her at the brink of lives and watch her choose.  

Authors Note: Tania Pryputniewicz on November Butterfly, hosted by The Mom Egg

Blogpost Revising Guinevere, Ten Writers Transforming Rape, or When Trees Mattered More Than Boys

Cover photo: Robyn Beattie. Cover Design: Don Mitchell

Woman with Crows Cover poetry by Ruth ThompsonPraise for Ruth Thompson’s “Woman with Crows” from the Saddle Road Press website:

Philip Terman, author of “The Torah Garden”:

“Ruth Thompson’s expansive voice is equally attuned to the swamp of the earth and to the ghost-filled haunts of the spirit worlds this rich collection embodies. Thompson’s range of reference – from Buddhist ghosts to Grimm fairy tales to Sumerian and Greek goddesses to personal and ancestral tales and legends – is wide and knowing, yet always transformed by a lived and experienced imagination, in a language that is wistful in its laments, sensual in its celebrations. These courageous poems journey the dark and beautiful mysteries and bravely offer, in a lyric that is fiercely wild and refreshingly independent, deeply earned wisdoms.”

Review of Woman with Crows at The California Journal of Women Writers, by Claire Farley

Praise for Michelle Wing’s “Body on the Wall” from the Saddle Road Press website:VBody on the Wall Michelle Wing

Barbara Rockman, author of “Sting and Nest”:

“My garden pleads for one more dance,” writes Michelle Wing. This brave debut collection inhabits landscapes of violence and trauma, but its triumph resides in compassionate and unflinching poems that resound with insight into the resilience of ordinary lives. These poems emanate from the body of a woman eager to heal and be awed by nature’s abundance, to be embraced by human and animal love. Hers are transcendent songs of survival. Rich in metaphor, packing a punch to the gut and heart, Wing’s work is an outpouring of instruction and inspiration for any reader longing to deeply inhale our fragile, dangerous and astounding world.

Interview with Michelle Wing at The California Journal of Women Writers, conducted by Erika RothbergPoster for Poetry Reading Michelle Wing Ruth Thompson Tania Pryputniewicz Moe's Bookstore Saddle Road Press.

Poster Design: Michelle Wing

Poster Author Photo of Tania: Robyn Beattie

Author photo at top of this post: Lisa Rizzo

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