I rise daily eager to face the blank page and follow the compass of my heart. Right now I am working on three projects; threes seem to be the blessing of my creative process.
TAROT WORKBOOK: My Heart’s Compass Tarot Workbook (Two Fine Crows Books) is based on my years of tarot and writing teaching. It expresses my core belief that we can follow our hearts and tap into our inner symbol world to create a path towards our life dreams. If you wish to stay in touch about my tarot related adventures, you can join my drop-in Tarot Journaling Class at San Diego Writers, Ink or check out what I’m teaching online through Antioch University’s Continuing Education Program, Tarot as Inner Teacher (next class starts July 17, 2021). I am also on Facebook at Hearts Compass Tarot and Writing. Visit my consults page if you are interested in a reading.
TAROT MUSE: As a cross-pollinator and lover of hybrid forms, I first became attracted to the Tarot in my early twenties. I love to study the pictorial representations of life’s gifts and challenges depicted in the Tarot decks of history and especially of our times. Five years ago I started to make my own deck with my students and took the idea of facing adversity into my Ace of Swords concept. I chose the Windmill instead of the Sword to represent the gift of the mind.
The Ace of Windmills represents the willingness to use the winds of adversity to power positive creative projects and personal growth which is a guiding focus for my own writing and the way I approach teaching. I love witnessing other writers, artists, and seekers find confidence in their voices and arrive at a deeper sense of self-love and awareness with which to shape their lives.
POETRY and MEMOIR: My newest poetry manuscript, Berkeley Postcard, features poems I wrote about the love we exchanged (myself, my brother, my sister, my mother’s extended family and friends) with my mother as we cared for her in her final days. A tarot reading cast the week before she passed wove itself into the series. The title comes from a mysterious postcard that appeared on a bench in the rain several days before our mother passed. Berkeley Postcard was a finalist for the Comstock Writers Group Chapbook Contest in 2018 and in 2019, the poem, “Two Gardens,” won Rockvale Review’s time-themed poetry contest and won me a beautiful residency in Tennessee at the Rockvale Writers’ Colony. The title poem, “Berkeley Postcard,” is forthcoming at Juked.
Also in the kiln are memoir prose chapters I’m writing to accompany poems for a poetry collection I wrote focusing on an Illinois commune I lived on as a child with the working title, The Fool in the Corn. Like November Butterfly, the new prose and poetry books address connections between power, charisma, danger, and human agency despite challenges. They ponder in part a central question that arose for me as I observed commune life: After psychological and physical trespass, how does one recover trust in others, trust in spiritual pursuits, and life itself? And how does one extend love and compassion to all parties involved, holding out the understanding that all of us play the Fool, and there are many versions of the Fool, from misguided guru to well-meaning parent to innocent joyful child? I believe we all deserve the chance to start over again, and again, to love and be loved, to forgive and be forgiven, no matter the mistake or trespass or misguided example unwittingly set. It’s never too late to realize our dreams.
Tania Pryputniewicz is the author of the poetry collection, November Butterfly, published by Saddle Road Press in 2014. Her workshop, Writing through Fear: Free your Butterfly is based on November Butterfly and accompanying prompts, Thirteen Writing Prompts Based on the Power and Creativity of Iconic Women Designed to Help You Write New Work From Multiple Points of View.
Tania’s collaborative micro movies feature poetry paired with the photography of Robyn Beattie and the music of Stephen Pryputniewicz; She Dressed in a Hurry (for Lady Diana), Amelia, and Nefertiti Among Us were awarded Juror’s Best of Show at the 2012 2D/3D visual poetry show held at the LH Horton Jr Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College.
In 2011, Tania began to attend A Room of Her Own Foundation retreats where she presented, consulted and taught; most recently in 2015, she attended as a recipient of the Marg Chandler Memorial Fellowship. She was formerly the poetry editor for the Fertile Source and a co-founding blogger for Mother Writer Mentor, sites that supported mothers on their path to realizing their potential as writers.
Recent poems from Tania’s second in-progress poetry collection based on an Illinois commune she lived on as a child, The Fool in the Corn: Leaving Stelle’s Dreamfield, appeared in Chiron Review, Nimrod International, Prime Number Magazine, Silver Birch Press, Journal of Applied Poetics, and Whale Road Review.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania teaches poetry at San Diego Writers, Ink as well as online writing classes. This spring (2020) she joined the adjunct faculty at Antioch University as an online instructor in the Continuing Education program to teach tarot writing webinars and classes. She and writer Mary Allen co-blog at Tarot for Two. Tania lives in Coronado, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Siberian Husky and one formerly feral housecat named Luna.