I rise daily eager to face the blank page and follow the compass of my heart. Right now I am writing poems for my second poetry collection focusing on an Illinois commune I lived on as a child. Like November Butterfly, my first book of poetry, the new book addresses connections between power, charisma, danger, and human agency despite challenges. It ponders specifically 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?
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. Last fall 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.
Tania Pryputniewicz is the author of the poetry collection, November Butterfly, published by Saddle Road Press in 2014. Recent poems from her 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, are forthcoming or recently appeared in Chiron Review, Nimrod International, Prime Number Magazine, Silver Birch Press, Journal of Applied Poetics, and Whale Road Review.
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.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania teaches poetry at San Diego Writers, Ink as well as online writing classes. Her workshop, Writing through Fear: Free your Butterfly is based on her first poetry book, November Butterfly and accompanying prompts, November Butterfly: Thirteen Writing Prompts Based on the Power and Creativity of Iconic Women Designed to Help You Write New Work From Multiple Points of View. Her Tarot Dreamers and Wheel of Archetypal Selves courses combine her ongoing study of the Tarot with art and writing prompts. She and writer Mary Allen co-blog and post their podcast at Tarot for Two (www.tarotfortwo.blogspot.com). Tania lives in Coronado, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Siberian Husky and one formerly feral housecat named Luna.