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

    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • Online
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    Sparks! Free Webinar for Transformational Language Arts (TLA)

    Empowering Human-Trafficking Survivors: Facilitating Free2Write Poetry Workshops with Jennifer Jean

    Sunday, June 10,2018

    7 P.M. CENTRAL, 8 P.M.  EASTERN

    Moderated by Kelly DuMar

    We’re thrilled to welcome special guest, Jennifer Jean, to be our next SPARKS! feature on June 10. Jennifer is a poet, educator and activist who has been teaching poetry workshops to human trafficking and trauma survivors in order to empower them to tell their own stories in their own way. Kelly DuMar will interview Jennifer about her transformative language arts work with survivors, as well as ask Jennifer to read some of her own poems. This is an opportunity for TLA practitioners to learn and share best practices for working with survivors in writing groups and be introduced to Jennifer’s model for facilitating free2write workshops for survivors. Please bring a poem, story, or song to share in our open mic following the interview.

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

    About Special Guest Jennifer Jean

    Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled Object, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains Review Book Prize. Other honors include: a 2018 Disquiet FLAD Fellowship; a 2017 Her Story Is residency, where she worked with Iraqi women artists in Dubai; a 2016 Good Bones Prize; and, a 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award for her activism in the arts. As well, her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in: Poetry Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Rattle Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Denver Quarterly, Mud City Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, and more. She is Poetry Editor of The Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, and Co-director of Morning Garden Artists Retreats. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to trauma survivors, and she teaches writing at Boston-area universities

    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 Jennifer Jean for 30 minutes about her work with sex trafficking survivors and her poetry.
    • 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 minutes to the open mic
    • 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 and 7:45 P.M. EASTERN so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing.

    About 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). 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 12th 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. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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