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One of five finalists for the Fischer Prize in 2020, V. Penelope Pelizzon of Connecticut will be the featured reader at the Bardic Trails Zoom poetry webinar Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Register on-line at the Wilkinson Public Library to get URL & password. Go here.

“Pelizzon’s poem, ‘Sentimental Education,’ was honored last year by Judge Claire Blotter of California,” said Talking Gourds co-director Art Goodtimes.

Her first poetry collection, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000), won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She is also the co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (2010), a study of the relations among American sensational journalism, photography, and film from 1927-1958.

Her second book of poems, Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time, was published in 2014 by Waywiser Press with headquarters in Oxfordshire, England, and Baltimore, MD. She continues as an associate editor for the Press.

Pelizzon’s awards include a 2019 Hawthornden Fellowship, a 2012 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the 2012 Center for Book Arts chapbook award, and a “Discovery”/ The Nation Award. She is a Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Following the featured reader, there will be a short Question and Answer session with co-hosts, Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Then, we’ll be using a format we pioneered last month. Instead of continuing to do a Gourd Circle in the same Zoom platform, we’re going to end the Bardic Trails Zoom gathering. That should occur around 7:30 p.m.

Around that same time, 7:30 p.m., we’re going to start a new Zoom meeting for the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. This will be for Club members and their invitees only. The Poetry Club meeting won’t officially start until 7:45, leaving time at the start for socializing as we used to do in our live meetings.

Non-members interested in participating in that private session can join the Poetry Club at the Talking Gourds website.  We also ask them to send an email to Goodtimes or Galaxy Dancer notifying us of their having paid their Club membership fees, and they will be given the Zoom info for the private meeting.

A one-time membership donation of $25 (or more) places one on our mailing list permanently and makes one current for the calendar year in which the donation was made. Each calendar year after that, to keep current, there’s a $10 renewal fee – payable by check or online with plastic.

For those who like writing prompts, the one for April 6 is “Healing.“ However, members and guests may read a poem or share thoughts on any topic they wish.

Club members in good standing receive a monthly pdf copy of the handsome broadsides for each featured reader that Daiva Chesonis creates. Those pdfs can be printed for free at the Wilkinson. Chesonis will also have copies available for purchase at her Between the Covers Bookstore.

Our future Bardic Trails dates are May 4 with Julie Bloemeke of Georgia (“Birds”), June 1 with Melissa Studdard of Texas (“Mountains”), July 6 with Partridge Boswell of Vermont (“Prey”), Aug. 3 with Jane Lunin Perel of Rhode Island (“Sky”), Sept. 7 with Anna Scotti of California (“Fuel”), Oct. 5 with Renee Podunovich of Cortez (“Tree”), Nov. 2 with Debbi Brody of New Mexico (“The New”), and Dec. 7 with Al Zolynas of California (“Flesh”).

All Bardic Trails first Tuesday Zoom webinars begin at 7 p.m., MST.

Hosted by Talking Gourds Poetry Club directors Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, each Bardic Trails poetry night will feature an award-winning guest poet sharing their new and exciting work. After the featured poet, we’ll share about a half an hour of “passing the gourd”- a time for attendees to read or quote poetry- your own work or someone else’s, it’s up to you!

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