Writing for the necessity of joy and the joy of necessity...

R a s m a   H a i d r i

What’s the buzz, tell me what’s been happening…

I’m proud to be in the spotlight this month

at Chicago’s Poets & Patrons 

They asked some interesting interview questions… check it out

They also included some of my FOTOPOETRY and the poem that won Riddled With Arrow’s Are Poetica Prize in 2019.


Poets & Patrons Spotlight Rasma Haidri

Ocean Writing

a six-week immersion in creative & 

meditative writing

autumn 2022 

on Zoom 

dates to be announced

cost $300 (limited enrollment)


Ocean Writing combines guided meditation with free writing to deeply access the boundless inner room of your creative power.  Your ocean writing will be an intuitive, spiritual exploration of whatever you and your art need to release limitations and create fresh, original, writing in the unique voice of your interior ocean.

In each three-hour session we explore a new Principle of Ocean, meditate, and write in a safe and supportive space following the  Amherst Writers & Artist’s protocol. Prior experience with AWA, meditation, or writing is not necessary. 

WELCOME TO OCEAN… a place to nourish and invigorate 

your writing and yourself

Yea! I did it! I just finished my AWA certification program. Thankfully for me they did it online this time, and in the morning on the Pacific Coast, so it was at a decent hour for me here in Norway. I’m proud to be the first AWA trained workshop leader in the country of Norway, all of Scandinavia actually. There are only a handful of us in Europe, for now. The AWA method is both revolutionary and nothing new. Nothing new because free writing has been around now for decades and everyone knows, at least in theory, that to write you just have to start doing it.

article on creative non-fiction in Brevity’s blog

I am working on a memoir, have been for a while although it is continually renewing itself so it feels over and over like I’m just starting. Thinking a lot about the process of writing any kind of prose, but in particular memoir. It is a common misconception that it is harder to write fiction than creative non-fiction, because in non-fiction you are just writing what happened. That’s the rub, what did happen? In fiction you get to decide that as you go along. In non-fiction you are a slave to truth, and facts and truth are often at odds. 

Check out the article on Brevity.

Thanks to Anti-Heroin Chic for reprintingWhat the End is Forin their hot-off-the-press Grief and Loss issue.

Brickhouse Books hosts a Wicked Woman poetry prize and this year the judge Rose Solari judged my manuscript Blue Like Apples a “close second” to the winner. I thank Rose and the Brickhouse editors for the kudos and good advice as that book keep evolving.