Spotlight: Bertha Rogers


Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2019 is proud to present Bertha Rogers, a returning Participating Writer who will again offer a six-hour writing Intensive for Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2019, Bertha Rogers will lead Nature Poetry Intensive Workshop.

DON’T PASS UP THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE YOUR POETRY. The Intensive offers the chance for committed writers to explore, to be challenged and to grow while working directly with an award-winning, published writer. Bertha Rogers has held residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation,  Caldera Artists Colony, Hedgebrook Foundation for Women Writers, Jentel Artists Residency, Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat (Scotland), and the Julia and David White Artists Colony (Costa Rica). 



We will begin this workshop by taking a short (about 15 minutes) walk around Hobart during which we will find leaves, twigs, pebbles, tree bark, and other natural objects. Those objects will become our beginning topics. After the walk, we will read some favorite nature poems provided by both the workshop leader and participants, and we will discuss recent writings on the lives of “inanimate” objects. We will then write descriptions of what we found, then move on to metaphor and extended metaphor (leaps), combining events in our lives with our findings. We will read our drafts to each other and workshop them. This workshop is ideal for those who admire poets like Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Deborah Digges, Mary Rueffle, and Amy Lowell and who wish to get in touch with the natural world as it applies to their own nature. Participants should bring copies of a nature poem (up to 16 lines long) that they have written. The goal will be to complete a new poem or a solid draft of a poem (those who wish to continue working on their poems after the Festival will be invited to email them to the leader for comments).  – Bertha Rogers

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Named the first Poet Laureate of Delaware County, New York, Bertha Rogers, is a poet, translator, visual artist, and master teaching artist. More than 250 of her poems and critical reviews have appeared in journals and literary magazines. She has published more than 600 poems and translations in anthologies, including the recent Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers (2017), which she edited and includes many Hobart Festival writers. Her own poetry collections include Heart Turned Back (2010) Even the Hemlock: Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries (2005), and the recently published, Wild, Again. Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, was published in 2018. Bertha Rogers has won prestigious writing and visual arts awards and residencies.  A master teaching artist, the Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award was conferred upon her by the ATA in 2007. Bertha Rogers co-founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills with her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, in 1992.
The visual artwork of Bertha Rogers is featured in the exhibit, WORDS AND IMAGES, an art installation curated by Tracy Jacknow of the work of local women artists and participating writers for Festival of Women Writers 2019. The exhibit will be displayed in the Hobart Community Center September 6, 7, & 8th. The work of Bertha Rogers is also on exhibit at MURAL on Main Street in Hobart, NY.

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Immerse yourself in the inspiration of Hobart’s mountain vistas and focus on your writing craft for a one-day, six-hour workshop in a small group setting with an award-winning poet.

THE HOBART FESTIVAL OF WOMEN WRITERS’ Writing Intensive is a comprehensive SIX-HOUR session including boxed lunch, all of which will be held on Friday, September 6th ONLY. Intensives are limited to 8-10 Participants so that each individual receives close attention. 

 You will share work and will receive feedback on your writing.

The Festival provides a space dedicated solely to the Intensive Workshop in order to maximize this special opportunity. 



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