Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Retreat For DC Area Writers

This week, Maritza Rivera joined and posted an event for an upcoming writer's retreat that she is producing. Maritza Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet who has lived in Rockville, MD since 1994. She has been writing poetry for over 30 years and is founder of the weekly Mariposa Poetry Series, which ran from September 1999 to October 2002 in College Park, MD. She has been an associate poetry editor for WordWrights Magazine in Washington, DC, a judge for poetry competitions and is the author of “About You”, a collection of poetry “for women and the men they love”. Her latest book of poetry, A Mother’s War, was written during her son’s two tours in Iraq to help make the intensity of war a reality for everyone.

Her writer's retreat is called the 2011 Mariposa Poets and Writers Retreat and takes place October 14-16 at the Capital Retreat Center in Pennsylvania.

The retreat agenda looks fabulous. The retreat will feature workshops in poetry and bookmaking, as well as readings by faculty and retreat participants. The faculty includes poets Kwame Alexander, Naomi Ayala, Monica Hand, Reuben Jackson, and Joseph Ross. Tuition is $250, which includes lodging and meals. Registration is first come, first served. Submit a writing sample with a nonrefundable $50 registration fee by September 1. Call 301-881-8012 for more information.

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