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Let's Talk TLA! with Seema Reza

  • 16 Dec 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Tele-Conference


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A Free Tele-Conference Interview, Followed by a Poetry Open Mic!

With special guest Seema Reza, Moderated by Kelly DuMar

We hope you’ll join us in this free phone conference! Kelly DuMar, membership chair of TLAN, will interview Seema Reza, a poet, essayist, and Keynote Speaker for our 2016 Power of Words Conference. Based outside of Washington, DC, Seema coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. In 2015, she was awarded the Col John Goia Patriot award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. Bring your questions to this unique opportunity to chat with Seema about how she uses Transformative Language Arts in her work as a poet.

Poetry Open Mic

And there’s more to share. This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Meeting

  • Kelly will interview Seema for 20 minutes about her practice of TLA.

  • You will then have 10 minutes to ask questions of Seema & discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

  • We’ll devote the next 15 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings.

  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Joining the Call

This meeting is free and open to the public, and you can join from your by phone by calling:

1-857-232-0155, code #885077

About Seema Reza

Seema is the author of “When the World Breaks Open,” a memoir of essays and poetry forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2016. Based outside of Washington, DC, she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries.  She serves as a council member-at-large for the Transformative Language Arts Network. You can learn more about Seema on her website here.

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and expressive arts workshop facilitator whose chapbook “All These Cures,” won the 2014 Lit House Press poetry contest. Kelly’s poems have been published in many literary journals, and her award winning plays have been produced around the US and published by dramatic publishers. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights & Poets, held at Wellesley College, now in its 9th year. Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her certification in psychodrama and training in Playback Theatre inspire her workshops with transformative energy. Kelly has presented professional workshops at Mass. Poetry Festival, The Boston Book Festival, Playback North America, The New England Theatre Conference, the Transformative Language Arts Conference, ASGPP, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, and The International Women’s Writing Guild. She is a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, a member of the Advisory Council of The International Women’s Writing Guild, and a Council Member of the Transformative Language Arts Network. Her website it kellydumar.com, and she publishes a bi-monthly essay about the writing life to her subscribers.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 873 Lansdowne, PA 19050 USA

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