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.


Upcoming Gatherings

    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • Online

    Sparks! A Free Online Gathering for Poetry, Stories, and Songs

    7pm CENTRAL, 8pm EASTERN

    Moderated by Kelly DuMar, with special guests from True Story Theater

    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.

    More information about True Story Theater to come!

    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

    Time: Jun 14, 2016 7:00 PM Central (US & Canada)

    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.

    • 15 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (CDT)
    • Online
    Sparks! A Free Online Gathering for Poetry, Stories, and Songs

    7pm CENTRAL, 8pm EASTERN

    Moderated by Kelly DuMar, with special guest presenters at the Power of Words Conference this August

    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.

    We hope you’ll join us for a preview of POW 2017 workshops! (You can join online or by phone). Kelly will interview POW workshop leaders who are available for the call to “preview” their upcoming workshops for the Power of Words Conference in August.

    Whether you’re already registered for POW in August, or you’re wondering if you should – this is your chance to learn more about some of the wonderful workshops we have in store for you. Workshop leaders will share what they’re presenting and how you will benefit from their unique Transformative Language Arts approach. Presenters to be announced!

    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

    Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:30 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches!

    Information to be announced.

    About POW

    Join us August 18th-20th, 2017 at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine for our 14th Power of Words Conference: Begin with YES!, with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

    The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.

    Learn more and register for POW here.

    Read full workshop descriptions here.

    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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