Rockvale “Power of Creativity” Gift of Fellowship
Mar22

Rockvale “Power of Creativity” Gift of Fellowship

“Our uniqueness is our power. Our Creative spirit is our power. Our words are power and light.” – Sandy Coomer, founder of RWC The Rockvale Writers’ Colony is held firmly in the belief that words have power and that writers who share their writing with the world are offering a fundamental and powerful gift that cannot be duplicated by any other writer. Dear Creative Woman, The genius of creativity can be terrifying because it’s soul-bearing, and heart-opening, and it makes us vulnerable. But it’s necessary and essential too. Believing in the power of my words makes me fearless and daring, makes me believe the risk of baring my heart is what I must do, because it’s who I must be in order to be authentic. I submit and risk rejection. I create and risk disapproval. I write and risk misunderstanding. I do it because to refuse that power is to refuse myself. And that is something I won’t do, I can’t do. I created Rockvale Writers’ Colony so that other writers who carry the weight of their own creative genius can have a safe and inspiring place to risk it, to believe in it, to free it. And to offer it to the world with all its power and beauty. From me to you, Sandy Coomer Read Sandy’s stunning poetry submission, “Available Light, ” here, originally published in Oyster River Pages, August 2017, and the title poem for her full length poetry collection, Available Light, Iris Press, forthcoming.   About this Gift of Fellowship One writer will receive a week’s stay at Rockvale Writers’ Colony (6 nights – check in on Monday 3:00 p.m., check out on the following Sunday 11:00 a.m.) Dates are subject to availability. The writer will be assigned to a private bedroom/bathroom suite, and have access to a full kitchen, many lovely common areas inside and outside. The writer is responsible for transportation to the Colony which is located in College Grove, TN, 45 minutes south of Nashville, TN.  The writer must supply all food and prepare their own meals during their stay (exception is the Welcome Dinner on Monday night which RWC supplies). The writer is expected to be a serious writer with a writing project in mind and will spend the majority of their time fully engaged in writing. RWC has WiFi but cell connection can be iffy. The writer will be expected to read and sign the writers’ contract which entails the rules and procedures employed by RWC. The writer is expected to follow these rules and procedures without fail. The fellowship residency is offered as a gift to the writer with no...

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“Self Reflection” Gift of Fellowship
Mar22

“Self Reflection” Gift of Fellowship

“The self-portrait is a composition of structured forces and aspects of our developed knowledge of life. It is a guide toward ‘Who am I?'” – Linda Troeller Dear Creative Woman, I started taking self-portraits at twenty while attending a student luncheon at the home of the artist Georgia O’Keefe. She saw me with a Rollei camera and suggested I go out on her ranch and see what the spirits guided me to. I made a self-portrait there and this became a huge interest for over five decades. Using this method I express emotions and recover new sensations. In my website project I include photographs of me taken by other photographers which offered me the opportunity to be part of their own stories and which expanded mine. With this work, putting myself in the pictures, I am adding the female body which is often left out of the history of art. From me to you, Linda Troeller Find out more about Linda Troeller’s “Self Reflection” work and gallery here.     About this Gift of Fellowship This gift offers intuitive, expert guidance through a three- months self-portrait experience to take a woman to a deeper understanding of her selfhood and its powers. This gift provides unique assignments for the winning fellow utilizing her own cell-phone and emails to the mentor. A final artistic photo, edited by Linda Troeller will be published and archived in Waves. Donate to Win a Gift of Fellowship     “Linda’s world is almost ‘alive’ through her work. It shows the world in all its facets … The pictures are real, they show people in their everyday situations and in all their dignity and vulnerability.” – June 28, 2019 in the Kulturfabrik      ...

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Kipp Crutchfield Fellowship
Jan19

Kipp Crutchfield Fellowship

“In honor of Kipp Crutchfield, my mother, a woman who chose to claim her potential, returning to school at 38, completing a bachelor’s and master’s, while raising her children and tending to elderly family. She showed the gift of creating the extraordinary from the ordinary, inspiring me to carve my own dreams from life.” – Kristi Crutchfield Cox, MEd, MS, LPC Dear Creative Woman, In 2015, collaborating on my vision for The Handprints Project, my mother picked up her paintbrush again, claiming her artistic self. That dream led to the desert, many beautiful souls, and a passion for helping one another claim ourselves. The original project has traveled multiple times to the desert and to south central Texas, evolving and reshaping itself from the original desert walls art of Ghost Ranch into an ongoing journey of new terrains. From me to you, Kristi About this Gift of Fellowship In honor of taking risks, the joy of art, and exploring the creative self, this gift includes one hour of consultation of claiming self, goal identification, and reducing the chaos of journey we create in our minds while trying to navigate through obstacles both real and created. Additionally, the recipient will receive a generous art basket with oil and watercolor paint sets, craft colored pencils, canvases, and books about transformation of self, November Butterfly and Arachnid Verve, both by AROHO women, whose work Kristi deeply connected with. Donate to Win a Gift of...

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Anna Sorocor Fellowship
Jan18

Anna Sorocor Fellowship

Congratulations to the Anna Sorocor Fellow, Karen Hildebrandt! In honor of Anna Sorocor, a Rumanian immigrant “who told her life in one long amazing story,” this fellowship gift is named and brought to you by Anna’s granddaughter and legendary author, poet, and executive director of Bread and Roses, New York’s own, Esther Cohen. From concept to book I can help. My gift is for one recipient, to figure out what she needs to make her book. – Esther...

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Edna Payne Fellowship
Jan18

Edna Payne Fellowship

Congratulations to the Edna Payne Fellows, Elizabeth Buckner, Erin Ferdinand, and Kerri Quinn! In honor of Edna Payne Clarke, “a woman of sharp intelligence and indomitable spirit” who nurtured two writers, Cheryl Clarke and Breena Clarke, this fellowship gift is named and brought to you by Edna’s daughter; author of Oprah Book Club selection, River, Cross My Heart; and co-founder of The Hobart Festival of Women Writers, Breena Clarke. Put your best foot forward when you read your own work. Work with me and I’ll share my insights on choosing your materials and the effective use of props. I will work with you via email and in a two-hour video conference to help you choose the best material to read and will share techniques and tips for presenting yourself and your work effectively. – Breena...

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Legacy Fellowship
Jan18

Legacy Fellowship

Celebrating Twenty Legacy Fellows In honor of Virginia Woolf’s words that as creative women “we think back through our mothers,” this fellowship gift is from AROHO Founder Darlene Chandler Bassett. Receiving a place in Darlene’s “Artistic Ancestors & Creative Memory” master class; award-winning books; and Virginia Woolf haul to hearten creativity and community, we are thrilled to announce the twenty winning Legacy Fellows. Elizabeth Solet Traci Gamet Stinne Folving Tamra Carraher Shizue Seigel Monica Comas Spider Road Press Samantha Schinder Cristina Adams Jennifer Campbell Jean DeVito Deborah Tobola Joselyn Estruch Branger Michelle Lanzoni Mary Hattori Andrea Mozarowski Linda Diamond Amy Herschleb Pretty Pops (donation for Christina Dudley) Devora Swanson Our deepest gratitude to all those who donated for The Legacy Fellowship Gift. Your donations will ripple outward into more gifts and opportunities to come....

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Two Ravens Fellowship
Jan18

Two Ravens Fellowship

    Congratulations to the Two Ravens Fellow, Tori Grant-Welhouse! Feeling drawn to the land of Mabel Dodge Luhan and Georgia O’Keefe, she came to Santa Fe to begin writing her one woman show, Chalkdust. As a Jewish woman and revered educator she had lived most of her life doing the work of tikkun olam – to engage in work to heal the world. For her, a casita of her own became time for tikkun hanfesh — to go inward and heal the soul. Not long after successfully completing and performing her play, she returned to Santa Fe to buy that casita, and she named it Two Ravens. Today, she provides a haven for women writers and artists who need a room of their own to heal, create, and be inspired. This fellowship gift for a Winter 2019 Artist’s/Writer’s Residency in Santa Fe is named and brought to you by award-winning educator, writer, creative consultant, and proprietor of Two Ravens Studio, Marsha Pincus. Two Ravens Studio is the perfect getaway for a “wintroversion” – a warm, quiet space with a private patio for you to write, to create, and to dream. It is my privilege to share the magic of this space with a woman craving a room of her own.– Marsha...

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Reading as Fellowship
May27

Reading as Fellowship

These readings are my offerings to all of you. Listen to these poems once, twice. Perhaps one will speak to you strongly enough that you will choose to learn it by heart. Then write beautiful words of your own. Because they are the ones I most need. —Michelle Wing   When our AROHO board held its retreat in March, we were asked to bring some type of small gift or offering. As I sat in my writing studio, thinking about what I might bring, I remembered a bookmark I picked up from a San Francisco bookstore inscribed with Jane Hirshfield’s “The Poet.” I had not read it before, and now I know it almost by heart. The image which most stood out in my mind? A woman writing alone in her room, and this line: “Her poems? I will never know them, though they are the ones I most need.”   I decided to reach into my own favorite poetry file to create a set of six bookmarks, a mini-series of “the ones we most need.” As I did this, I thought of how critical it is to look at our poetry foremothers, those who have preceded us, and at women from all cultures and backgrounds. I could not include everyone, but I wanted to try to represent the diversity that has been so important to my growth as a writer. I also attempted to choose poems that shared a unifying message, the common ground we all share as women, writers, advocates for change, heroines in our own lives.   I used artwork from the 2017 Women’s March with Lucille Clifton’s “Won’t You Celebrate With Me” and Alice Walker’s “Every Revolution Needs Fresh Poems” — how could I resist taking advantage of such stunning contemporary images? The candle with Martha Postlethwaite’s “Clearing” is a painting by the mother of a dear friend in New Mexico. Sally Ayala passed away last year, and after her death, my friend and her sister, in clearing out the house, found painting after painting, an uncovering of a lifetime of art. The image with Joy Harjo’s “Untitled” poem bookmark is a Zentangle drawing made by me, and for the quote by Sandra Cisneros, I used a flower from a botanical flower image archive online.   At our board retreat, I read these six poems aloud before presenting everyone with hand-made bookmarks. These readings are my offerings to all of you. Listen to these poems, once, twice. Perhaps one will speak to you strongly enough that you will choose to learn it by heart. Then write beautiful words of your own. Because they are the...

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