Prompt for June 26 – Virtual Carson McCullers House

We spend a lot of time thinking about germs now, quite rightly. It’s a bit exhausting, though. For tonight’s writing, let’s shift to something else small and full of mysterious energy, always ready to multiply itself gloriously: a seed. Take the prompt literally and consider seeds you’ve planted, seeds you’ve seen fall, seeds you’ve swept out of your driveway. Or go figuratively and examine the seeds of friendship, enmity, injustice, memory…

Then join us at 7pm in our virtual salon on Zoom for readings and conversation. We look forward to hearing what sprouts.

Prompt for June 26 – Virtual Barat House

I sing the city.

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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Prompt for June 24 – Virtual Didier Dumas

At the end of the eight-minute concert, the sound of leaves and branches blowing in the wind resonated throughout the opera house like applause.

From “1 small to go: Plants fill opera house seats” in the Axios AM Newsletter by Mike Allen, a story about the artist Eugenio Ampudia organizing a string quartet performance for 2,292 live plants.

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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Prompt for June 19 – Virtual Carson McCullers House

On the occasion of Juneteenth and the start of Father’s Day weekend, I thought a little awesomeness from Tracy K. Smith would make a fine prompt. In this video from the P.O.P series of poet-interviews, Smith reads a poem by Seamus Heaney and one of her own, both about fathers. I also love her complex and thoughtful response about the usefulness of writing political poems: a kind of how-to for approaching this essential work.

Try writing something that similarly celebrates triumphs, failures, and influence of your father (or grandfather or other father figure). Try to share your connection to history. Then join us on Zoom for our virtual salon at 7pm for readings and conversation.

Prompt for June 19 – Virtual Barat House

Open up your funky mind and you can fly.

Funkadelic, “Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow”

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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Prompt for June 17 – Virtual Didier Dumas

Doppelgänger

An encounter with a twin, a shadow, a reflection . . . embarrassing slip of the wrong name . . . or simply a case of mistaken identity?

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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The prompt was inspired by Litte Girl, a work of art by Kate Clark, reproduced in Citizen by Claudia Rankine. If you’re interested, you can read more about both works here.

Poetry by david e bell from our virtual circles

You are my Pilot
the Chevy our starship
slicing through the void
our radio, dial cool glowing
our time machine
our companion
in the long night
crossing
the desert
a blurred streak between
sun bleached lines
stretching out
forever
past the headlights
towards a future
the horizon unseen
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Prompt for June 12 – Virtual Carson McCullers House

These days I check my news app dreading some new and overwhelming calamity, like a volcanic eruption or tsunami somewhere in the world, something that might bury us under the already heavy burden of collective worrying. I really, really hope nothing like that happens. For an antidote to the worrying, for tonight’s writing prompt I invite you to look for a news headline that you can twist in a new and surprising direction. Try lifting just the title of a news item for a creative piece, or use the article as a whole for a reimagining of the world.

Then join us at 7pm for our virtual salon on Zoom, for readings and conversation. Hope to see you then!

Prompt for June 12 – Virtual Barat House

Had I been raised by doves . . .

Mary-Kim Arnold, “Self-Portrait as Semiramis” from The Fish and the Dove

To add an extra twist on the prompt, try substituting a different animal for “doves.” Foxes? Earthworms? Gorillas? Have at it!

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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Prompt for June 10 – Virtual Didier Dumas

I wanted to write a lie.

Kiese Laymon, Heavy

To add an extra twist on the prompt, try substituting a different verb for “write.” Dance? Ferment? Dig? Have at it!

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

Join our virtual meeting at 8pm for reading and discussion.

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