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maybemd


Jul 14, 2010, 2:45 AM

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Hi All,

I'm May, a 50-something Japanese American from Hawaii. Currently live in Maryland with my husband and our sailboat, Closinuf. Before MD I lived in NJ (Rutgers -- Douglass College, BA Microbiology with minor in Genetics), Egypt, and southern CA (Newport Beach).

Started writing six years ago and have two drafts of novels and three partials rotting in files. Made my first submission to a local journal last year, which was accepted and published. I've taken ump-teen courses at Gotham Writers Workshop and want to do an MFA but must first convince a certain engineer it would be worth the time and money.

Joined a poetry group in January, wrote a poem each day in April for National Poetry Month. The unbelievable happened in June -- an editor pulled the pages out of my hands at a poetry reading and said she wanted to publish the poem.

Attended The Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers last month, a wonderful fiction workshop with Lee K. Abbott.

Looking forward to interacting with all 'yall at Poets and Writers.



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Jul 14, 2010, 8:46 AM

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RU Rah Rah! I spent a lot of time hanging out at Douglass when I was at Rutgers, probably just before your time.

Welcome to the Speakeasy, May.


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JGifford


Jul 29, 2010, 1:22 PM

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Hello, everyone.

My name is Jackie and I am a writer.

A brief autobiography: As a youngster, I always loved the written word. I constantly wrote poems, songs, stories, etc. and I received accolades. In my 20s, I wrote professionally in many fields, such as marketing communications, journalism and PR, and I "dabbled" in creative writing on the side. I decided to get "serious" about writing and I entered creative writing classes with limited success. (Limited by my own fear, but that is a different discussion). Then, life happened. I got sidetracked (willingly) with other professional ventures that I thought I needed to pursue and the writing stopped all together. That was in 1995.

Flash-forward now: I am a "Jackie" a bit older, a tiny bit jaded and bored professionally. I cleaned out my closet the other day and stumbled across a novel that I had started back in 1993. I dusted it off and let it sit on my desk a few days. I decided to pick it up last Sunday and asked my husband if he wanted to hear something funny.

He listened. No noise, no sound, no comment. After 30 pages, I was done. He looked at me and said, "Why didn't you tell me you are a writer?" There was no way to answer that question that would not involve a 3-day conversation, so I didn't answer him. He encouraged me to pick it back up again.

So, here I am, desperately needing a place with "like-minded" people to help me navigate back to the creative places in my soul that have been dormant for so, so long. I would like to try to finish my novel. I have no huge illusions or dreams of making it "big" some day (Ok, well, maybe I do.) When I am finished, if I decide my novel is crap and needs to go back in the closet to be unearthed again after my demise, that is ok, too. I, at least, finished it.

Thanks for reading and please say "hello!"

Best,
--Jackie


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Jul 29, 2010, 7:09 PM

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Hello, everyone.

My name is Jackie and I am a writer.


Hi, Jackie.


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spellbound


Jul 30, 2010, 6:37 PM

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Hello Jackie!


maybemd


Jul 30, 2010, 10:01 PM

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Welcome Jackie!

Dive right in, you'll find Speakeasy to be a great resource.


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Aug 7, 2010, 10:34 AM

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Welcome, Jackie. Like each of us, you begin where you are. Find some joy on the pathway and try to sprinkle some of it on others as you go.


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----Sandy----


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Ellen Meeropol

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Aug 8, 2010, 3:04 PM

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Welcome, Jackie. I hope you find what you're looking for here.


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agatha74


Aug 15, 2010, 2:20 AM

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Hi I'm Agatha and new to online writing sites. But I thought I would try this one. I've been writing poetry for about 12 years and would like some exposure and feedback from other writers. I write about the inner world, mostly, thoughts and feelings rather than what I view outside my window. I think I write to frame what I feel in some kind of concrete way, not so much to offer a reason I feel this way to others, but more as an attempt to put into words that which is unexplainable to myself in any other way. Poetry provides this venue for me. Poetry also, I think, allows me to remain hidden behind the words as so often poetry is to the reader a different experience than to the writer. So hello. I look forward to meeting some of you.


kghoerth



Aug 16, 2010, 4:40 PM

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Hello everyone!

I think I'll introduce myself too :)

I've been 'lurking' a bit on these boards the past week or so, not really sure how/if to jump into conversations.

My name's Katie, I'm an MFA student and I'm currently in the thesis stage. Its so stressful. I think I'll use the speakeasy as a reason to procrastinate. I'm young (23!) and have lots and lots to learn about this whole biz, and honestly sometimes I feel very lost. I've recently published my first chapbook, and I'm trying to build up a decent CV in hopes of one day getting a 'real job' :-p I know that I have so much to learn, and I'm grateful that the speakeasy exists as a forumn for poets/writers to well... speak easy. LoL.

Oh, check out my blog if you have a chance. It's about my journey from MFA student to graduate, and tracks my successes and (many) failures. http://www.katiehoerth.blogspot.com It's definately not all professional or anything, its more just a record of my personal journey so that I can look back and see how far I've come.

Thanks all!! : ) : ) : )


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Aug 16, 2010, 5:17 PM

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Oh, check out my blog if you have a chance. It's about my journey from MFA student to graduate, and tracks my successes and (many) failures. http://www.katiehoerth.blogspot.com It's definately not all professional or anything, its more just a record of my personal journey so that I can look back and see how far I've come.

Thanks all!! : ) : ) : )



You might consider providing some identification for UTPA for the unintiated. I know a lot of schools, but I'd never heard of this, and had to look it up.


Margaret DeAngelis
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Aug 16, 2010, 5:50 PM

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University of Texas at Port Arthur?


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kghoerth



Aug 16, 2010, 5:55 PM

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Yes! UTPA = University of Texas Pan American

We are very small and just starting our MFA program. Our first graduating class just finished up this past December! I
was part of the first cohert of students admitted in 2007, but I kind of fell behind everyone else. I'll be graduating this May, God willing.

The program focuses on literary translation and border writing, which is perfect because our university is just a little hop from Mexico. Its a wonderful program, but of course its going through some growing pains. Most of our students are nontraditional, in that they work, have family obligations, ect aside from being an MFA student. I think the best thing about our program, though, is the community we've forged. UTPA is located in Edinburg, Texas, which isn't exactly a big city (nearest 'big city' is San Antonio which is at least four hours away driving!), so there wasn't much of a thriving art scene here. But its growing so much! Now we have poetry nights at local coffee houses, a wonderful poetry festival, and we even have a community service project associated with our program for juvenile detention centers. Our area is one of the poorest in the entire nation, which I think gives our writers a very unique voice. (oh, and tuition is uber cheap!)

Right now, I think our program rated at the very bottom of the MFA list - but we're so new! So it is understandable. I'm a big UTPA fan... lol... in case you can't tell. I did my undergrad here and now I work here too in academic advising. Its the kind of place where everyone knows everyone... even though the whole university has like 20,000 students. Its so homey and I can't imagine living anywhere but here, but alas - I think once I finish my MFA I will have outgrown this place. I'm currently on the lookout for PhD programs, but that's a bit of a step away.

Did I miss anything? Let me know if I did : )


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Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM

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Don't worry about where your program is rated. The only valid measure of an MFA program is: did it help you improve your writing?


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mvictoria


Aug 17, 2010, 11:35 PM

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Hi all,

My name is Maria and I have already joined in some forums, so I guess it's time to introduce myself!

This will be brief because it's past my bed time and it seems I can't get myself to bed. I have been trying to get myself on the page before my day job/career - which means getting up at 5 AM. I did well for a few weeks, well, then summer proceeded and I had friends over and some fun. Now it's hard to get back once you've strayed away.

I work the standard 9-5 hours unless there is a crisis. Weekends are when I write. I have invested my life in my career in my profession as a social worker. I have been fitting in as much as I can with the creative writing. I write poetry and have begun to write some short stories - I finished two for the first time in my live just a couple of months ago! I mean, first time, ever! I wish I had people to share the deep joy I felt in those moments.You see, it's a big deal to me: I have a BA in psychology and a Master's in social work. No Lit background whatsoever, so I have no foundation apart from what I read, which never feels enough (fiction). On real life, however, well, there's a lot I have seen, read, lived on that.

That's me in a nutshell. I will be going in and out of forums, hope to see you there. Oh, I've only been published once, ever - in a small chapbook anthology called Voices of Brooklyn. Published by an independent press called face2face press, which seemed to have disappeared. It does not make one feel good about their 'published' work. That was in 2001 anyhow. I've done a lot of spoken word/poetry readings since then. I have enjoyed that also. My focus now is how to get my work published.

Nice to know there is this space. Looking forward to reading what everyone has to say.
All the best,
M.


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Aug 18, 2010, 8:09 AM

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I think Barry Malzberg started as a social worker. You can Google him if you don't know his stuff; many, many publications.

Welcome, Maria!


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jeffanity

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Aug 18, 2010, 5:05 PM

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Hello to all the lovely people of Speakeasy,
My name is Jeffrey B. I hail from the southern tip of Connecticut, and am 19 presently going to school at Adelphi University on Long Island . I've been doing creative writing for several years, probably going on four. I started off strictly poetry but now I've broadened my horizons to prose, and even some screen plays. I am back on track hoping to get published. I really want to find someone who can help me get my writing to the next level. My email is jeffanity@gmail.com if anyone needs/wants to reach me


mvictoria


Aug 18, 2010, 10:34 PM

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Aw, shucks thank you for that! I will look him up.

;-)
M.


Scoutronic



Aug 24, 2010, 1:39 PM

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Hi, Everyone.

I have pretty varied listserv experience but this is my first forum just for writers. I'm a poet and graphic novelist with a huge crush on visual art. Like many here, I have an MFA and the name of the Ivy League school it's from has opened more than a few doors to employment, though the job I'm hired for is almost never the job I create, once I'm there. I'm a writer of Web articles now, and leap from topic to topic as if I know where I'm about to land. I have a fair amount of fine arts publications and awards and if you sweep them together they make quite a nice pile -- to sleep in or burn, I haven't decided. It's loud now, with construction a few stories down, and my co-workers have gone to lunch. I've been reading the posts in different threads and can't wait to see whose icon and name begins to feel familiar as their voice emerges in a consistent way. I'd like to eventually be part of some live poetry or cartooning group in NYC -- it's been too long since I've done that -- but this feels like a good way to start dialogue, too. God, now the clanging of some huge metal thing is making the honking cabs seem diminutive and sweet. I have to get back to work, writing a video script -- I just sent an article on Czeslaw Milosz's death to our Polish videographer, who is the only person here who would know the name or care. Not counting the hundreds on this list -- which is another reason why I'm here.

Have a great day.
Scout


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Aug 25, 2010, 9:13 AM

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Hi, Everyone.

I have to get back to work, writing a video script -- I just sent an article on Czeslaw Milosz's death to our Polish videographer, who is the only person here who would know the name or care.

Where is "here?"


Margaret DeAngelis
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Scoutronic



Aug 25, 2010, 10:54 AM

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Okay, now I feel like a moron -- my Polish friend at work tells me Milosz died over five years ago -- note to self, check the date on the PDF -- my bad. A humbled Scout.


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I just sent an article on Czeslaw Milosz's death to our Polish videographer, who is the only person here who would know the name or care. Not counting the hundreds on this list -- which is another reason why I'm here.



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mvictoria


Aug 30, 2010, 10:15 PM

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Hey Scout,

If you ever do a poetry gigs, I'd be interested in hearing about it.
Do you have a favorite venue?
~M.


ndenial


Dec 3, 2010, 6:34 AM

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Hi:

I just joined and saw someone's intro saying their post new button is not highlighted. I can't even see one. But, i always have trouble like this - so I'm replying to you. Hope you can tell me how to find the post new button.

thanks

dw


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We've changed the name of this forum to Announcements & Introductions in order to give new patrons a place to post their first time hellos.

If you've just joined the Speakeasy or you're finally ready to come out of lurking mode, please stop by here and say Hi.


Dana Davis
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Kibbles


Dec 9, 2010, 1:34 AM

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Hello everyone. I'm a 21 year old college student, and the fact that I'm still academically eligible with my current grades is pretty remarkable, makes me wonder if the school cares about anything other than my tuition payments - I think I already know the answer to that question though.

Outside of my dreadful school experience I'm a pretty simple kid - that's another way of saying I'm very lazy - if I could sit on the couch all day and write, then go play video games at night - that rhymed, see, I'm a poet - I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'll probably be one of those basement bums leeching off their parents well into their 40's, but hey, I'm an only child, what else could you expect?

Anywho, good luck to all of you aspiring writers like myself, seeya around the site.


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Dec 9, 2010, 7:57 AM

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Welcome, Kibbles.


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