Join us for our first reading of the season at Instar Lodge. We are proud to feature our inaugural Virginia Resident, Karen Schoemer alongside Dawn Breeze and Annie Bielski, Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl from our women’s writing group Tailspinning.
Tailspinning is a writing group for women writers of all types (prose, poetry, hybrid, etc.) who want to develop new creative pieces in a supportive collective environment. We know that creativity lies in the mystery of willfully giving up control and stepping or spinning into the unknown. In this wild and wooly writing group, we generate new work, even fragments through evocative and unpredictable prompts.
Find out more about this event’s readers:
Karen Schoemer is a poet, author and spoken word artist living in Columbia County, New York. Her poetry has appeared in Up the River, Red Barn, Chronogram and Zephyrs. “November Sun” won first prize in the 2016 Hudson Valley Writers Guild poetry contest. She is vocalist for three bands: the Schoemer Formation, featuring Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby; Sky Furrows, featuring Eric Hardiman, Mike Griffin and Phil Donnelly; and Jaded Azurites, a duo with punk bassist Mike Watt. She lives in Kinderhook and works variously as a bartender, bookseller, and vintage clothing shopkeeper in Hudson and Albany.
Read Karen’s poetry, featured on lexi*i*con.
Instar Lodge founder and interdisciplinary artist, Dawn Breeze, believes creativity is a birthright and human beings most valuable natural resource. Breeze believes Art=Life and Creator=Artist. In 2011 Breeze began translating her process as a visual conceptual artist into a socially engaged practice and began teaching a program she developed named Creativity + Courage™ which helps people recover, rediscover and develop their creativity. Find her award winning artwork in state parks, classrooms, printed pages, galleries and laundry mat sign boards.
Annie Bielski is a writer, performer, and painter. She has performed at venues such as September Gallery (Hudson), The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Basilica Hudson, The Half Moon (Hudson), and living rooms elsewhere. She has collaborated with musician Jenny Hval and performed with her all over the US and Europe.
Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl is a writer and educator who has traveled the world to teach children in China, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Jennifer received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University. She holds an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Smith College, where she was the Helen Donker Rives Fellow. She created and launched STORY, an innovative fiction writing workshop for teens, which is offered locally in diverse venues. She continues to teach with a specific passion for liberating children’s creativity through education. She is the director and founder of the Liberi School in Hudson, NY.