Women's Writing Circle begins again

Women’s Writing Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, beginning June 7, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th Street. Click here to sign up. Breanna, left, and Stephanie participated in the July 5 session.

The group will gather from June to November 2017 and is open to writers and non-writers alike. Each session includes discussion of a short reading on a writing topic, introduction of a writing theme through stories and poems, a writing prompt, time for personal writing, and optional sharing in large and small groups. The Writing Circle creates a safe space for you to develop your own voice and offers you an opportunity to have your words heard and honored without judgment. Each session is stand-alone, come to as many or as few as you are able.

Reading by Women Writers

A diverse audience enjoys the reading at The Writing Studio

Twenty women who attend sessions at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, participated in public reading there on Wednesday, May 3. “We had a standing-room only crowd that couldn’t have been more positive and enthusiastic,” said Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of The Writing Studio. “I was especially pleased with the diversity of the readers and audience—a good representation of ages and races and professions.”

The Poet Laureate of Erie County and Joan Chittister, an award-winning Erie author, were guest readers. Sister Joan read from her new book Radical Spirit.

Poem in Your Pocket Day opens up in Erie on Thursday, April 27

Poem in Your Pocket Day

The Writing Studio and the Erie County Library, in partnership with local groups promoting literacy, education and the arts, celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27. The Erie event took place on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, which has been celebrated since 2002 as part of National Poetry Month in April.

Step into Poetry

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Step into Poetry #9: St. John's

Step into Poetry #9: St. John's

A poem by Sri Chimney was painted by artist Joe Gallagher on the front steps of the former St. John the Baptist School—the latest addition to the Step into Poetry project taking place on Erie’s eastside. The poem reads: Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever. —Sri Chimney Step into Poetry is a project of The Writing Studio under the direction of Mary Lou Kownacki and was funded in part by Erie Arts & Culture and an anonymous donor.

More Step into Poetry displays

Step into Poetry

Three new poems have been added to the Step Into Poetry Project dotting Erie’s eastside center-city neighborhoods. The classic lines from an Edna Vincent Millay poem appear on the front steps of 711 East 25th. Dan Serafin, owner of Serafin’s Grocery Story on 24th and Ash, requested poems on two of his properties. A Philip Larkin poem is painted next door to his store at 554 East 24th and words by Maya Angelou from “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” are on 605 East 24th.Artist Joe Gallagher is currently working on a poem for the steps of the former Saint John’s School on 27th and Wallace and when he completes it, he will have illustrated ten residences and buildings with short poems. Step Into Poetry is a project of The Writing Studio under the direction of Mary Lou Kownacki and was funded in part by Erie Arts & Culture and an anonymous donor.

Poem #5: Sisters' house

Step into poetry number 5

Freewheeling on a bike—

the butterflies of sunlight

all over me

by Robert Gray Is the latest poetry poem painted on an Eastside Erie home as part of the Step into Poetry project sponsored by The Writing Studio. By the end of summer 2016, twenty poems will be painted by Joe Gallagher on residences in Erie center city.

Poem #4

Step into Poetry #4

A poem by Issa is the fifth poem added to the Step into Poetry project sponsored by The Writing Studio:

Rest here

Sleepy butterfly

I’ll lend you my lap.

The new haiku was painted by poet and artist Joe Gallagher on the front steps of 532 East 23rd Street. “We plan to have 20 poems in place by the end of summer,” explained Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, director of The Writing Studio. Step into Poetry was made possible by a grant from Erie Arts & Culture and a private donor.

Morning Is

Step into Poetry #3

The 3rd poem in the Step into Poetry project was painted on an eastside residence last week.  The owner of the home at 904 East 23rd chose a short poem by Eve Merriam:

Morning is

a new sheet of paper

for you to write on.

Initiated by The Writing Studio during National Poetry Month in April, the plan calls for 20 short poems to be painted on the front steps of homes and businesses of Erie’s eastside by the end of summer 2016.   

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