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

    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CST)
    • Online
    Register

    Folktales, Funding, Erotica, & Social Change: Transformative Classes for your New Year!

    Moderated by Kelly DuMar, with special guests Lyn Ford, Jen Cross, Anya Achtenberg, and Diane Silver

    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.

    Join us this month to learn about four exceptional TLA online classes with a presentation and discussion about:

    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 is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple (Two of Cups Press). Kelly is author of a non-fiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Her poems, prose, and photos are published in many literary journals including Bellevue Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Poydras, Tiferet, and more. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year.

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