Celebrations

2024 Celebrations

Jackson Hole Writers celebrations the love of writing with special events that invite participants to work closely with inspiring writers to generate new writing that might surprise, motivate and energize your creative practice.

We see these celebrations as focusing on a core component of the writing process. If our conference emphasizes the skills and steps necessary to pursue publication, and our craft classes and critique groups help writers build skills and find community in the writer’s life, our celebrations focus on the joy and passion we experience as writers when making new work. The writing process can be challenging. Our celebrations honor that it can also be FUN!

Dot for a Walk

“A line is a dot that that went for a walk.”

–Paul Klee

In this special, two-day, generative writing experience, participants will work with award-winning poet, Danusha Laméris, and musician and meditation instructor, Armando Alcaraz, to enliven your creative practice of writing, illustrating, and making one-of-a-kind books. Come see what arises from making that first mark on the page and seeing where its walk takes you.

Over the course of four, three-hour sessions, Danusha and Armando will lead participants on a generative creative journey that culminates in new writing and visual art to place in hand-made accordion books.

Each participant receives a writer’s toolkit assembled by bookmaker, Gwen Mann, that is filled with objects, materials and two accordion books.

Cost: $250

Location: Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Limited to 20 participants

Schedule:

Friday, June 28th, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Friday, June 28th, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 29th, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Saturday, June 29th, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Reception: Saturday, June 29th, 5:00 6:30 p.m.

Danusha Laméris, a poet and essayist, was raised in Northern California, born to a Dutch father and Barbadian mother. Her first book, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Orion, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Award and recipient of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California, and is currently on the faculty of Pacific University’s low residency MFA program. Her third book, Blade by Blade, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.

Raised in Mexico City, where he studied classical guitar and composition, Armando Alcaraz is a composer, musician, writer and workshop facilitator. Using original music, Armando creates spaces of self-reflection and contemplation to accelerate creativity, transformation, integration, and healing. Armando grounds his work in the language of music as an artistic medium, a metaphor for life, and as a practice.

Over the past twenty years, Armando has done social work, taught Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness meditation, in addition to creating Music of Mindfulness meditation and healing events.

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