Applications Open for Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat (July 17-22, 2019)!

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat will take place from July 17-22, 2019.  Situated in heart of Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood, amongst the fresh and popular open air markets and charming boutiques, the hotel stay is full of Parisian charm and our classes will take place in a beautiful Moroccan themed room that opens to a courtyard that can also be used by our writers.  Retreat activities will include craft of writing seminars and creative writing workshops, literary tours of Paris. If you’re serious about writing and want to soak in some exquisite French culture this summer, join our retreat in Paris!   The faculty includes award-winning writers Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, and Diana Norma Szokolyai.  Genres include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. If you’d like to join us in Paris, France, please apply online at cww.submittable.com by June 15, 2019. More info: cww.nyc 

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C&R Press Spontaneous Reading Party feat. Rita Banerjee – Concrete + Water, Brooklyn – June 8, 6:30 pm

Rita Banerjee will be reading from CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing (co-edited with Diana Norma Szokolyai, C&R Press, May 2018) at C&R Press’s Spontaneous Reading Party, which will be held Concrete + Water on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  The reading will take place from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm.  Stop by to hear some great writers and luminaries!   To order a copy of CREDO, please visit C&R Press’s website here.

About CREDO:

CREDO. I believe. No other statement is so full of intent and subversion and power. A Credo is a call to arms. It is a declaration. A Credo is the act of an individual pushing back against society, against established stigmas, taboos, values, and norms. A Credo provokes. It desires change. A Credo is an artist or community challenging dogma, and putting oneself on the frontline. A Credo is art at risk. A Credo can be a marker of revolution. A Credo, is thus, the most calculating and simple form of a manifesto.

CREDO creates a bridge from the philosophical to the practical, presenting a triad of creative writing manifestos, essays on the craft of writing, and creative writing exercises. CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing is a raw look at what motivates authors today.

Contributing Authors:

Kazim Ali * Forrest Anderson *  Rita Banerjee * Lisa Marie Basile
Jaswinder Bolina * Stephanie Burt * Alexander Carrigan * Sam Cha
Melinda J. Combs * Thade Correa * Jeff Fearnside * Ariel Francisco
John Guzlowski * Rachael Hanel * Janine Harrison * Lindsay Illich
Douglas Charles Jackson * Caitlin Johnson * Christine Johnson-Duell * Jason Kapcala * Richard Kenney * Eva Langston * John Laue * Stuart Lishan * Ellaraine Lockie * Amy MacLennan * Kevin McLellan * E. Ce. Miller * Brenda Moguez * Peter Mountford * Nell Irvin Painter * Robert Pinsky * Kara Provost * Camille Rankine * Jessica Reidy * Amy Rutten * Elisabeth Sharp McKetta * David Shields * Lillian Ann Slugocki * Maya Sonenberg * Kathleen Spivack * Laura Steadham Smith * Molly Sutton Kiefer * Jade Sylvan * Anca L. Szilágyi * Diana Norma Szokolyai * Marilyn L. Taylor * Megan Jeanine Tilley * Suzanne Van Dam * Nicole Walker * Allyson Whipple * Shawn Wong * Caroll Yang * Matthew Zapruder

Minerva Rising 2018 “Dare to Speak” Contest Winning Chapbook Debuts

In 2018, Rita Banerjee served as the contest judge for Minerva Rising’s “Dare to Speak” Poetry Chapbook competition.  She selected Rebecca Connors‘s chapbook Split Map as the winner of the competition.  Split Map has been recently published by Minerva Rising in May 2019, and of the chapbook, Banerjee writes:

“Split Map is more than a collection of poems about coming-of-age, nostalgia, or childlike wonder, it is a journey through vulnerability into self-empowerment, and a story about how even in the most difficult of situations, female agency exists and reverberates, and how all women can dare to split maps, and thus, transform the world.”

— Rita Banerjee, author of Echo in Four Beats and CREDO, and Director, MFA in Writing & Publishing, Vermont College of Fine Arts

To order Rebecca Connors‘s Split Map, please visit Minerva Rising here.

April 25: Workshop for Film-in-Progress at the Savoy Theatre * 1:15-3:15 pm

Writers Rita Banerjee and David Shields will present a Workshop for their Film-in-Progress at the Savoy Theatre in Downtown Montpelier, VT from 1:15-3:15 pm on Thursday, April 25. Members of the community and writers and artists from the Vermont College of Fine Arts are welcome to attend.  A description of the film follows below:

Shortly before the November 2015 terrorist attacks, David Shields, who is Jewish, and Rita Banerjee, who is Bengali, come to Paris to try to understand the current American racial cataclysm from a French perspective. David and Rita try to discuss skin color, class, gender, privilege, and art—only to discover that they disagree about everything. Back in the States, they discover that the space between any two people is the source of all hate and all love.

April 14: Ruth Stone Foundation Reading feat. Rita Banerjee, C.A. Conrad, and Seth Wade – The Wishbone Collective, VT – 6:00-9:00 pm


Ruth Stone Foundation Reading feat.
Rita Banerjee, Seth Wade, & C.A. Conrad
Wishbone Collective * 6:00-9:00 pm
36 Main Street, Winooski, VT 05404

The Wishbone Collective (Winooski, VT) is happy to announce a new monthly reading series in collaboration with the Ruth Stone Foundation.   Join us for our second reading on Sunday, April 14th. Doors at 6:00, reading at 6:30.  This month will feature poets Seth Wade, CA Conrad, and Rita Banerjee.

Seth Wade studies English and philosophy at the University of Vermont. He’s been published in McSweeney’s and The Gateway Review, and is currently editor in chief of The Gist.

CA Conrad is a 2019 Creative Capital Fellow, and the author of nine books of poetry and essays. While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish and German. They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.

Rita Banerjee is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a writer, she is the co-editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018), and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018).

The Ruth Stone Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit organization that not only looks to preserve and heighten Ruth Stone’s legacy, but also to provide poets and artists with time, space, and opportunities to create new work and share it with a wider audience.

The RSF Reading Series is a free event featuring multiple poets, both emerging and established. As often as possible RSF will pair local authors with visiting writers and invite a student of the RSF Poetry Workshop to participate. Hosted by poets Bianca Stone and Ben Pease, these readings will offer a chance for out of state writers to engage with the local community, highlight exciting local voices, and give emerging writers a chance to share their work publicly.

 

Rita Banerjee at AWP 2019 (Portland, OR)

Rita Banerjee, writer and Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, will be participating in the following AWP events:

VCFA Alumni Reading & Reception
March 27 * 6:00-8:00pm
Enso Winery, 1416 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

Author Signing: Echo in Four Beats
Friday, March 29 * 11 am – 12 noon
Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
AWP Bookfair * Table T13106

VCFA Reception
March 29* 6:00-8:00pm
Pettigrove Room, Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
410 SW Broadway

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
AWP Bookfair * Table T13106
Thursday, March 28, 2-4 pm
Friday, March 29, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, March 30, 3-4 pm

Vermont College of Fine Arts
AWP Bookfair * Booths 5021 & 5023
Thursday, March 28, 10 am – 12 pm
Friday, March 29, 10 am – 11 am
Saturday, March 30, 11 am – 12 pm

Rita Banerjee’s “Echo in Four Beats” selected for the Ruth Stone Foundation Book Club

 

Rita Banerjee’s poetry debut Echo in Four Beats (FLP, 2018) has been selected for the Ruth Stone Foundation Book Club.  The Ruth Stone Foundation will feature Echo in Four Beats on a podcast this Spring along with an interview of Banerjee this Spring.

Established in 2013, The Foundation serves to fulfill Ruth Stone’s wish that her physical and literary estate would be used for the furthering of poetry and the creative arts. It was created not only to nurture contemporary poetry and art in its many forms, but also to cultivate and celebrate the works and legacy of the poet herself.  The Ruth Stone Foundation seeks to provide poets and artists time, space,  and opportunities to create new work and share it with a wider audience.  This is accomplished through The Foundation’s small-press publishing house, the Next Galaxy Poetry Initiative (a writers’ retreat and haven, located in Ruth Stone’s house in Goshen, Vermont) and other programming in New York City. Compelled by Ruth Stone’s life and work, The Foundation seeks to support under-represented artists and stand for a literary community outside the usual institutions.  The Ruth Stone Foundation connects the writers and artists it supports with the community at large, especially to empower women and foster leadership through creativity, writing, and publishing.

Rita Banerjee’s poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats, has also been nominated for the2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize at the Academy of American Poets, has been selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 Nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry, has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was recently named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018.”

Combining elements, rhythms, and personas from American jazz, blues, and ragtime, poet Rita Banerjee presents a modern-day spin on the love story of Echo and Narcissus in her debut full-length poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats.  But in this story, told in four parts, Echo is more than just a fragment, she is a Sapphic voice that speaks, foretells, forestalls, and repeats.

Rita Banerjee’s Echo in Four Beats (March 9, 2018) is available for order on the Finishing Line Press website as well as at Barnes & Noble and internationally on Amazon.com.