Sparks! Poetry, Stories, & Songs

Sparks, formally known as Let's Talk TLA, is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, TLAN Membership Chair, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

The online gathering happens via Zoom and is free and open to everyone. Please join us!

What participants are saying:

“I just finished listening to this podcast and am stunned at its significance, relevance, and beauty. Like the callers, I feel invigorated, sustained, enchanted...and helped to greater clarity of purpose. Thank you, Kelly, for making this available to all of us. Hope I can be there for December's conversation. Do listen to this, everyone!” ~ Laurie Baron 

“Great phone call last night. Thanks for providing this to us. I really enjoyed hearing the interview with Laura and the lovely poetry after. Learned a lot, as well. Thanks again to all involved. “ ~ Dawn Diebold Koch 

See below for descriptions of upcoming and past talks, and see the Sparks! Library for recordings of past interviews.

Upcoming Gatherings

    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CST)
    • Online
    Register

    “Constellations of Work, Art, Self-Care, & Life” with special guests, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Laura Packer

    Moderated by Kelly DuMar

    Sparks is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

    Seeking your own best right livelihood in balance with your life, health, creativity, and community? Join us for a cozy conversation with Laura Packer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who are facilitating the first Right Livelihood Professional Training through the TLA Network.

    Laura and Caryn will share stories, strategies, and tips about how they continually dance with their own constellations of making art (Laura is a storyteller and Caryn a writer), practicing self-care, and evolving ways of making a living. They'll also answer questions about the Right Livelihood Professional Training and how it supports writers, storytellers, performers, educators, coaches, healers, and others in finding their best constellation of work.

    About the Special Guests

    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of two dozen books, including the forthcoming Miriam's Well, a novel; Following the Curve, poetry; and Everyday Magic, a collection of beloved blog posts and personal essays. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely, particularly for people living with serious illness and their caregivers. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-leads writing and singing retreats. She also is a writing and right livelihood coach. Caryn has worked extensively with many arts and ecological/bioregional not-for-profit organizations as a grant-writer, fundraiser, staff, board member, and consultant, and she also founded several long-term groups.Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives.

    Laura Packer has been performing, coaching, writing, consulting, and leading the storytelling field for almost 25 years. She knows the best way to the truth is through a good story, and that this universally accessible artform creates empathy, builds bridges, and has the power to both heal and change the world. When she isn’t performing, Laura is the sole proprietor of thinkstory, llc, one of the nation’s foremost organizational consulting firms. Laura considers her whole life her calling, which includes the depth and breadth of her storytelling and writing work, building and growing healthy relationships, loving the people in her life, practicing radical forgiveness, spending time in nature, cooking, listening, demystifying and destigmatizing grief and other powerful feelings, and trying to live as authentic and engaged a life as possible. You can learn more about her storytelling and coaching work at laurapacker.com, her organizational work at thinkstory.com, and read some of her writing at truestorieshonestlies.blogspot.com.

    Learn more about the Right Livelihood Professional Training.

    Poetry Open Mic

    And there’s more to share — Bring an original poem! 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 Gathering

    • Kelly will interview the special guest for 30 minutes

    • We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and 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 on Zoom

    Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:45 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing.

    About co-host, Kelly DuMar

    Kelly DuMar, M.Edis a playwright and poet who facilitates expressive arts writing workshops for creative writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Southern Writers Conference, and Winter Wheat Conference. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “Lumina Online,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,” “Kindred,” “Apeiron,” and “Tupelo Quarterly,” and her award-winning poetry chapbook, “All These Cures,” was published by Lit House Press in 2014. Her newest chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press (2017). Kelly’s award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and she moderates, SPARKS!, a bi-monthly teleconference and poetry open mic for the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and a member of Playback North America. Her website is kellydumar.com, and she blogs daily in #NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

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