Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fast Animal Nominated for a National Book Award!

                When I was 16, I moved clear across the country to help mend my grandmother and find a new way a being. I loved books more than boys and bought dozens of old paperbacks at thrift stores near my grandmother's house. I spent hours in her back room or in my Aunt Carolyn's bay window  discovering princes and poets, humanity's horror and happenstance. This is the way I found Tim Seibles. His book, Hurdy-Gurdy, fell into my heart and hands and I was hammered by its deft music. I remember, so clearly, reading the poem "Trying for Fire" sitting up in my bed and feeling a little faint, a little dizzy. My head was blaring, heart banging, I couldn't breathe. I'd never had that kind of reaction to anything (the closest visceral, gut reaction before then had come from music), certainly no book, and I'd read plenty by then--many that I loved beyond telling--but none moved me like the work of Tim Seibles in that moment.
                Years later, after I sought him out and followed him (and a boy) to ODU then weaseled my way onto his advisees list so I could sit in his office and marvel once each term, he told me I was a poet, and that this poet's life was possible, even in a stark and dire world. He sent me to Cave Canem (praise be), then to Bennington, then eventually back to Etruscan Press. He has colored so much of the timeline in my life and I am so grateful to know him this morning and know that now (finally) a great many others will love his fire, too. He is, indeed, a Fast Animal, a brilliant mind, an open eye and heart.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Teaching at The Muse Writers Center!

Well, I am jumping in head first this fall; I've started my new gig as the Director of Writing and Faculty Development at my alma mater and have finally linked up with the good folks at The Muse to teach a poetry workshop on formal verse. I'm psyched about all this good work going on in the world and about what we'll be creating soon! Please come join the party if you can. Here are the details:

Inventive Forms: Exploring Formal Poetry

This course is designed for beginning or experienced poets who are interested in learning more about formal verse and various poetic forms. We will study works by various formalists including: Basho, Sonia Sanchez, Shakespeare, Wanda Coleman, Robert Frost, Sterling Brown, A. Van Jordan, Martin Espada and others. We will learn about several forms during each class and these will include: the haiku, sonnet, villanelle, sestina, ghazal, blues form, bop, abecedarian, hybrids and many more. Poets will write original poems in form to be discussed in our workshop. Work will be submitted prior to each class and will be discussed by the group on each meeting date.
Sundays, 4-6:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 week session beginning October 28
Instructor: Remica Bingham
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Good Things on the Horizon...

It has been more than a year and a great many things have happened in my life. Much to my father's chagrin, I put down the blog and Facebook (gasp!) to focus on living and writing for a while. Fortunately, I was able to get some real work done and fruitage of all that labor will be making its way into the world soon: