You CAN tell a book by its cover! I have received a lot of fan mail about this book. It tells a love story in poems. Here’s from the publisher’s website:
Blue Like Apples is a narrative collection of poems that tells a story of coming-out, through love for another woman. It is a coming of age in mid-life, after having never really discovered herself before during her long heterosexual marriage. It’s the story of a marriage of minds and bodies that began in 2003 on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, in a city in the Norwegian Arctic where they are both foreigners. The story doesn’t end…
Writing courses and seminars in Bergen 2023
First I was invited to teach a course for Bergen’s unique festival of words, Literature Summer Camp. Two weeks of free literary events organized by festival genius Lone Ildgruben Bodot. I chose the theme “Don’t Think, Write!” which is better said as “Write, Don’t Think!” or even more accurately, “Write First, Think Later!”.
Then, Tekstalliansen opened Tekstallmenninge, a national hub central for periodical literature located in downtown Bergen. My interest in finding a location for creative writing activities met Tekstalliansen’s interest in broadening their reach into literary Norway and… voilà! Writing From Your Life, and For Your LIfe, is a course in writing life stories in lyrical, creative non-fiction.
Tekstallmenningen is also the location for Bokskap, literally “The Book Closet” which is a meeting for all non-fiction writers to meet and talk about their writing projects, both the ones currently underway and the ones that are still “in the closet”. Bokskap is held in my capacity as regional contact for the Norwegian non-fiction writers and translators’ association.
Prairie Schooner is one of America’s oldest and finest literary journals. I was pleased to have poems in there back at the turn of the century (https://prairieschooner.unl.edu/books-rasma-haidri) and thrilled again when Kwame Dawes wanted to publish my poem “Midwestern” in their recent issue. Recent, as in this spring, though the cover says summer 2022, and the issue is hard to find on their website. I think PS has a way to go in digitalizing their web presence, but the magazine is worth supporting with a subscription. Highly recommended!
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.