Hector Timourian received the Lydia Wood first place poetry award for “Abraham’s Hope” published in All That Remains, the Las Positas College 2013 anthology. This award, the highest honor for poetry, was announced at the anthology publication ceremony on May 11, 2013.
Eight members of Tri-Valley Writers were published in All That Remains, the Las Positas College 2013 anthology. A publication ceremony celebrated these and other authors on May 11, 2013, where they each received a complimentary book.
Hector Timourian: “Abraham’s Hope” – First Prize Winner
Deborah Jordan Bernal: “Get Off the Road” and “Dreams”
Susan Condeff: “Pen Over Paper”
Alice Kight: “Summer” and “John Denver’s Voice”
Marilyn Slade: “Freedom”
Stacey Gustafson: “Hair Today Gone Tomorrow” and “He’s Not That Into Me”
Julaina Kleist-Corwin: “Stepping Stones”
Mary Ann Shaffer: “The Medic”
Congratulations to Vicky Hudson, a participant in the Pulitzer Remix project which unites 85 poets to create found poetry from the 85 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction-winning texts. Beginning April 1, each poet will write and post one poem per day on the project website, http://www.pulitzerremix.com. The project will generate more than 2,500 found poems.
Fred Norman was a featured poet at Readers Bookstore in the San Francisco Marina District on February 21.
The annual Winterfest celebration of CWC Tri-Valley members will blend talents of artists and authors. The sixteen art pieces and submission guidelines for this Winterfest Ekphrasis are available HERE.
Members are encouraged to select one or more of these visuals to inspire their poetry and prose. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, January 10, 2013.
The artwork and related writings will be displayed at the January 19, 2013 meeting where authors will have the opportunity to share brief readings from selected entries.
Congratulations to all the participants in, and especially to the winners of, the first Tri-Valley Writers High School Writing Contest. Students in grades 9-11 from ten area high schools competed for prizes in fiction, essay, and poetry.
A celebration for the winners was held Saturday, June 30, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton. Winning students received certificates and monetary awards and read their writings.
The winning writers are:
First Place – Hans Lee, “Book’s Dream”
Second Place – Enikoe Bihari, “Oblivious”
Third Place – Enikoe Bihari, “Moonslaves”
Jazmin Almeida, “Hang Your Raincoat on the Moon”
Brenna Botzheim, “I Can See the Stars”
Jessica Wright, “Cries of a Sober Teenager”
Tiffany Zheng, “Like Fireflies”
First Place – Ke Zhao, “Glass Hearts”
Second Place – Katie Chan, “Mommy and Baba”
Third Place – Kristie Becker, “Broken Butterflies”
Tori Knuppe, “A Sculpted Child”
Maekhila Koppikar, “Shades of Gray”
Hayley Revells, “The Piano Keys”
Aryo Sorayya, “The Chains of Man”
Ke Zhao, “Kaleidoscope”
First Place – Claire Zasso, “Crash”
Second Place – Angie Kang, “You Know”
Third Place – Nick Livson, “The First Storm”
Tiuli Kulshi, “Escape”
Tarun Reddy, “Across the World in a Second”
Sijing Xie, “Curious George”
Qianying Zhang, “Regaining Her Balance”
Tri-Valley Writer member Lynn Goodwin led a committee of judges that included Fred Norman and Marilyn Slade (poetry); Cindy Luck and Kathy Urban (essay); Juliana Kleist, Lani Longshore and Ed Miracle (fiction). In addition, Goodwin was also a judge in the essay category. The contest was organized by Paula Chinick, Vice President/Community Liaison.
California Writers Club Tri-Valley members Marilyn Slade, Sherry Smith, Alice Kight, and LaDonna Fehlberg won numerous awards for a juried poetry exhibit at the Alameda County Fair 100th anniversary celebration. Poems were read on June 24 and published in the 6th Annual Poetry Reading Book.
Marilyn Slade won the Fair Theme Award with “The Honorable Mr. Alameda County Fair Speaks.”
Sherry Smith won a Silver award with “Selling Flowers in Jerusalem.”
Four CWC Tri-Valley poets were honored at Livermore in Art & Words artist reception April 14, 2012. Among the poems displayed were “Devinely Vine”, “Imagine This” and “Like Fine Wine” by LaDonna Fehlberg; “Welcoming Committee” and “Visit to Alden Lane” by Alice Kight; “Vineyards of Livermore” and Twenty Minutes to Sunset” by Marilyn Slade; and “No Half Measures,” by Hector Timourian. The poems are displayed with others throughout April at The Prudential California Realty office gallery in Livermore.
Our critique group gave ourselves a challenge to write a story based on an object and a place. We gave ourselves a year and planned to read the stories at our December meeting. As the deadline approached, Julie Royce found herself enmeshed in a story that would not behave itself. She wrote the following poem instead, and now we offer it as Tri-Valley’s Christmas present to our readers. – Lani Longshore, Moderator.
Twas two months before Christmas,when away at Retreat,
three patiently waited, their muses to meet.
We glanced at each other, eyes locked in blank stare.
in hopes inspiration soon would be there.
Our characters nestled all snug in their files,
while visions of brilliance demanded our wiles.
With Elaine in her bathrobe, Janie coffee in hand,
we settled to writing, our courses well-planned.
When from my far bedroom the walls echoed my yell,
as I thought of the words, and the drawing from hell.
I fingered the slip, and swallowed the lump
that rose in my throat to cause writers’ slump.
Baton and Atlanta, the words hadn’t changed.
A tough assignment left me feeling deranged.
When what to my wondering mind did there lurk,
the germ of an idea with which I could work.
Like flashes of lightening, the plot twists they came.
I whistled and typed, gave characters name.
No adjectives! No adverbs! just strong verbs – not weak,
Showing! Not telling! and descriptions not bleak.
The words they came, on a spectacular roll.
Here a phrase, there a phrase, I rushed towards my goal.
Then as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
my mind met an obstacle, made me break down and cry.
Those twirling batons were becoming a pain,
and Atlanta was causing a major brain-drain.
My story was silly, a whole lot of trite,
and no further reflection would make it sound right.
And then in a twinkling, my other work called.
NanoWriMo was looming, I had no time to stall.
With not a moment to waste, from frustrating file fled.
I could visit it later, for now put it to bed.
I showered and dressed, rebooted my brain,
slouched back at my laptop, and started again.
A bundle of words, I flung on the pages.
I looked like an author, quite maddened by ages.
My eyes – how they narrowed! Back firmly on track!
Now the Atlanta monkey was peeled from my back.
I told my droll little self, with thoughts swimming smug,
I’d find time for it later, I gave a pleased shrug.
The rest of the weekend, I held tight to my plan.
While words flew to the screen, and first drafts to trash can.
A broad smile on my face, as I shelved the baton,
would I ever transform my ugly duckling to swan?
When bronchitis came knocking, I found myself ill.
and work product dwindled to practically nil.
Fate again winked its eye, in an unscheduled twist,
and a heavy dose of hectic my crazy life kissed.
Courtney landed a job, she was headed to work.
As an aid to her planning, her mom was a perk.
I sprang into action, my boys needed their Granny,
to assist the transition from Mommy to Nanny.
A week I was gone, twelve hours each day.
Thoughts of Atlanta stayed far, far away.
So you’ll hear me exclaim amidst complaints of my plight,
Merry Christmas to all, but I had no time to write!