Sparks! Poetry, Stories, & Songs

Sparks, formally known as Let's Talk TLA, is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, TLAN Membership Chair, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

The online gathering happens via Zoom and is free and open to everyone. Please join us!

What participants are saying:

“I just finished listening to this podcast and am stunned at its significance, relevance, and beauty. Like the callers, I feel invigorated, sustained, enchanted...and helped to greater clarity of purpose. Thank you, Kelly, for making this available to all of us. Hope I can be there for December's conversation. Do listen to this, everyone!” ~ Laurie Baron 

“Great phone call last night. Thanks for providing this to us. I really enjoyed hearing the interview with Laura and the lovely poetry after. Learned a lot, as well. Thanks again to all involved. “ ~ Dawn Diebold Koch 

See below for descriptions of upcoming and past talks, and see the Sparks! Library for recordings of past interviews.

Upcoming Gatherings

    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • Online
    Register
    Have you already registered for POW 2018? Or are you considering registering for our annual conference, which will take place October 12-14th at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont?

    POW 2018 features Transformation, Liberation, & Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, & Sung Word – with workshops, celebrations, open mics, and fierce beauty among 50 presenters -- storytellers, writers, performers,
    activists, educators, healers, and more.

    Want to know more about what participants will experience in this dynamic weekend? We’re thrilled to welcome special guest, POW Keynote, Amy Ostreicher, to be our SPARKS feature, along with other dynamic POW workshop presenters who will share about their Power of Words workshops.

    SPARKS!, formally known as Let's Talk TLA, is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, TLAN Membership Chair, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

    Poetry Open Mic

    And there’s more to share. Bring an original poem! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

    Format of the Gathering

    • Kelly will interview workshop presenters on the call for 30 minutes about their POW workshops.

    • We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

    • We’ll devote the next 15 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings.

    • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

    Joining the Call on Zoom

    Upon RSVPing, you will receive the Zoom call-in information in your confirmation email.

    The call is from 7 - 8:15 p.m. CENTRAL, 8 - 9:15 p.m. EASTERN. Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:30 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches!

    About Kelly DuMar

    Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and expressive arts workshop facilitator whose chapbook “All These Cures,” won the 2014 Lit House Press poetry contest. Kelly’s poems have been published in many literary journals, and her award winning plays have been produced around the US and published by dramatic publishers. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights & Poets, held at Wellesley College, now in its 9th year. Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her certification in psychodrama and training in Playback Theatre inspire her workshops with transformative energy. Kelly has presented professional workshops at Mass. Poetry Festival, The Boston Book Festival, Playback North America, The New England Theatre Conference, the Transformative Language Arts Conference, ASGPP, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, and The International Women’s Writing Guild. She is a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, a member of the Advisory Council of The International Women’s Writing Guild, and a Council Member of the Transformative Language Arts Network. Her website it kellydumar.com, and she publishes a bi-monthly essay about the writing life to her subscribers.

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