Rhode Island Writers: 4th Annual Anthology


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As you may already know, I am part of a local group of writers who gather weekly to share their writing. The writers in our group come from amazingly diverse backgrounds but we come together to share in a community of writing, listening, learning and seeking to understand each other and our world a little better.

It is in this spirit I share our latest offering made possible by our leader Linda Langlois who spends the many hours required editing and finalizing details to make our work available to others. The fact is many of the writers in our group are published in various newspapers, periodicals, and books. But, the beauty of the group is we all come for the love of writing. Period. So anyone who has the slightest inkling in that direction is welcome. As a matter of fact,  you might not even realize you love writing until you get around a group of crazy, word-loving wild-eyed writerly folk.

So here we are at the end of another year of writing adventures…with this offering available-  I have heard many of the stories shared in this book, and I assure you if you enjoy short stories, poetry, and a well-turned word, I encourage you to treat yourself to this anthology! I promise you will not be disappointed.

The poems listed below are my contributions included in this anthology and they are not published anywhere else; however, I have read a few of them at local poetry events. Although I like to let poetry be open to interpretation of the reader the poems shared for this anthology are – as always – a glimpse into the heart and soul of the one who writes. These poems were written and/or worked on over the last two years. Especially significant to me and for our times are The Wisdom of Trees and Winged Community which both have been shared for local events. If you would like to hear me read any of the poems listed, let me know in the comments and I will consider sharing a video.

 

Today While Getting Coffee

Drivers Permit

The Wisdom of Trees

Winged Community

The Driver and The Deer

Somewhere Between Neck Pain and Dementia

 

You can read a few of my favorite writers  from the group in the following posts:

You Have a Girl (Guest Post by Linda Langlois)

Nike (A Special Guest Post by Marjorie Vorhaben)

Beginning of the End (Guest Post by Jack Barry)

The Journal (Guest Post by Bethany Taylor)

 

The 4th Annual Anthology by The Neighborhood Guild Creative Writers is available on Amazon NOW in Kindle and paperback. To get the book on Amazon CLICK HERE.

 

 

Organic Writing

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Welcome to the halfway point of our journey through 31 Days of Writing in October. My topic: Writing Redeemed. The title of this series is meaningful yet vague enough to leave lots of wiggle room!

Today I am sharing some thoughts on how I define my relationship with my writing.

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What Are You Writing?

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 “This is a test of the Emergency Writers System. The writers of your area in voluntary cooperation with the federal, state and local writing authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of a writing emergency.”

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Addressing Death While Walking with a Boy?

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About that title- don’t worry! These are just a merging of the two poems I  will read for you today! My special treat for you. I am giving the gift of poetry to you…but you can just listen.

I spent a bit of time recording some spontaneous poetry readings earlier. I did one on Periscope and the other on my Facebook Page  @ Enthusiastically, Dawn.

Both of these poems are from the the anthology our local RI group of writers published earlier in the year.

I hope you enjoy them. Pardon the chair turning during the Facebook reading…I  should never sit in a twisty chair while reading poetry!

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Swallowing Hard the Pill of Rejection

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Artistic rejection is like taking cod liver oil; they say it’s good for you, you know they’re right, but it can be still tough to swallow. ~Ian Semple

 

Let’s just be honest here. Rejection sucks. I know, I’m supposed to say something like, all writers deal with rejection, and it’s all part of the journey, but here’s what I think: It sucks.

No one likes to be rejected or have their work rejected. I mean, no one that I  know. Do you know anyone who enjoys rejection? I don’t think so. OK, so now that we are clear that you know exactly what I think about rejection, I will now slip into my Big Girl Writing Panties and tell you how I am learning to swallow the disgusting pill of rejection regularly.

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