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Winning Titles in BHP's Full-Length Poetry Book and Poetry Chapbook Competitions 2015.
Caroline Morrell is the author of a chapbook of poems, Whispery her eye the flight. Her poetry has appeared in Black Clock, Conjunctions, Connecticut Review, Court Green, Fence, Spinning Jenny, Versal, and elsewhere. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Final Fort is the Winner of the Bright Hill Press 2015 Poetry Competition, selected by Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate, and Bertha Rogers, Editor in Chief, Bright Hill Press. "Without autobiographical impulse but not without personal pronouns, Caroline Morrell's non-narrative poetry captivates by image, rhythm, and a suggestion of object over subject. This work surprises at every turn, and rewards an intrigued delving. FINAL FORT's oceanic undertow is gorgeous and dangerous, propelled by an urgency of strangeness that reveals more slant than so many others' poems miss when they attempt to tell us straight. These poems 'feed [us] to the seemingly empty space' where then our minds 'will bouquet.'" —Alice B. Fogel
Cynthia Neely is a poet and a painter. She lives with her husband and son up an unmaintained mountain road in the Cascade foothills of North Central Washington and spends her summers on an off-grid island in Georgian Bay, Canada. These places have been indelibly etched into her persona and so into her poetry and paintings. The natural world and her place in it have always been important to her and to her work. When she travels from these areas she invariably heads north. Neely is the 2011 winner of the Hazel Lipa Poetry Chapbook Prize for Broken Water published by Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. Her critical work has appeared in The Writers' Chronicle, and her poems in numerous print and online journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and Terrain.org, and in several anthologies. Her full-length book of poetry, Flight Path, was published in 2014 as a finalist in the Aldrich Press book contest. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University.
"What begins in grief, sails forth like a ship's spider on silk rigging, swinging from a draft of hope. PASSING THROUGH BLUE EARTH is a lyric meditation on the vagary and seduction of life, a celebration of both 'presence and absence on this blue planet / this perfect earth.' One is haunted by its loveliness." —Sandra Alcosser -- "Cynthia Neely's love of this blue planet sings out in poetry that weaves beauty and loss, love and grief, the conflicting pulls of holding on and letting go. Rich in music and precise observation, these poems grapple with the paradoxes of life, mixing ode and elegy into the final, poignant truth that we are all only passing through." —Ellen Bass -- "PASSING THROUGH BLUE EARTH is an elegant meditation on grief, and in the hands of a poet of careful precision and unsentimental emotion, we are granted to discover beauty in the uncertainties of life—its unpredictability that ranges from the molecular, the cellular, to the grander issues of the environment and our place in it. Cynthia Neely is a poet of great skill and intelligence who welcomes us into her private way of seeing and feeling the world. We are the better for having accepted her invitation." —Kwame Dawes
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BRIGHT HILL'S WINTER 2017 LITERARY WORKSHOPS BEGIN FEBRUARY 20! BOOK CLUB BEGINS JANUARY 14!
Bright Hill’s 24TH Annual Winter/Spring Literary Workshops for Kids (We believe in STEAM!) & Bright Kids Book Club will take place in February, and March. Space is limited, so early registration is advised (deadline is January 31). Note: All Bright Hill Literary Workshops for Kids include writing and visual arts. Children ages 6-14 are eligible. Students in grades 7-12 (ages 12-18) are eligible for the Winter Teen Intensive Workshop. Workshops are led by Bertha Rogers, Executive Director & Master Teaching Artist. The Winter Literary Workshop for Kids brings, on Friday morning, Carl Welden and Robert Milby to help the kids set their poems to theremin music (played by Welden), then perform them for parents at the exhibit in the afternoon. Bright Kids Book Club takes place at different times during the year, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the months and is led by Lorinda Morgan and Wendy Barckhaus. Pre-Registration is required for all workshops. Click Here for pdf Registration Form.
1. WINTER 2017 - WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? WINTER LITERARY WORKSHOP FOR KIDS - Ages 6 - 14
5 CONSECUTIVE DAYS - February 20 - 24 - 9 am - 2:30 pm (This workshop will beled by BHLC's director Bertha Rogers, will take place during DCMO BOCES & ONC BOCES Winter Break). During the workshop, the kids will learn about the physics of wind; what causes wind, how it moves, hot it changes. The kids will build wind chimes and kites and make artist books and write legends and poems about the wind. On the final morning of the workshop, Rosendale performer/musician Carl Welden and Poet Robert Milby will lead a mini-workshop on reading poems accompanied on the theremin, the instrument invented by Leo Theremin. For the parents' program, the studens will read their poems and riddles, accompanied by the theremin. Fee is $90, which includes morning and afternoon snacks. Bring lunch. Full & partial scholarships available for permanent Delaware & Otsego County residents. Feb. 20-24.
2. WIND WORKS! WINTER TEEN INTENSIVE WORKSHOP - AGES 12-18
2 SATURDAYS - March 4 & 11 - 9 am - 2:30 pm - This workshop, which will be led by BHLC's director Bertha Rogers, will take place on two Saturdays - March 4 & March 11. During the workshop, the high-school students will study how wind works, will write stories about it, and will build their own working wind turbines. On the last afternoon, they will present their writing and turbines in a program for parents and friends. This workshop is limited to 7 high-school students. Snacks included, but bring your own lunch. Fee: $45 (full & partial scholarships available for permanent Delaware & Otsego residents). March 4 & 11
Grades 3 - 8 (Ages 8 - 14) SATURDAYS, 12:30 - 1:30 PM. MEETS ON THE 2ND & 4TH Saturdays of the month. First session begins Jan. 14, continues Jan. 28, Feb. 11
We’ll be reading The Fighting Ground by Avi. Second session begins Feb. 25, continues Mar. 11 & 25. We’ll read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Bright Kids Book Club is led by Lorinda Morgan and Wendy Barckhaus. Participants vote on books to read and discuss; each student gets a free copy of the book. This is a free program of Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, but students must sign up in advance and must come to at least 2 of the 3 sessions for each book. 2nd & 4th Saturdays throughout the year.
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*This video for the Bright Hill Press AT Hand Poetry Chapbook series was created by Titan TV Studios, Tuscarora High School, Frederick, MD, for National Poetry Month 2014. Grab a chapbook and put it in your pocket!
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