Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Speaker: Judie Rae

Judie Rae Website
Judie Rae: Author of four books for young people, including a Nancy Drew Mystery.  She also authored a college thematic reader, Rites of Passage and a poetry chapbook “The Weight of Roses, ”published by Finishing Line Press. 

Conference Workshop:  Build Your Author Platform and Market Articles, Essays and Poetry. Session, 2, 1:10 - 2:10

Lunchtime Author Round table, 12:00 - 1:00.

Workshop Description: 
Learn how to build your author platform and how to market your articles, essays and poetry.

After twenty-seven years of teaching college English, Judie now concentrates on writing articles and essays primarily related to life in the Sierra foothills, where, when she’s not writing or gardening, she enjoys hiking the many trails around Nevada County.


Highlighted Review:
on October 1, 2014

When I finished The Weight of Roses, my heart was full, not with sadness but with the absorbing depth of the author's truth. The open heart and clear thoughts that Judie Rae reveals in her poems profoundly touched me.

It’s a first-rate thing Rae has done, drawing up the exact words for times and places, people and animals and other growing things that have changed her, putting them on the page in poems and collecting those in a book that has the gravitas and the flecks of humor that will move those lucky enough read The Weight of Roses.

As I was appreciating the poems, I thought of May Sarton. It is Rae's telling of a late middle-age life and of the wisdom of it, that brought Sarton to mind.

I’m glad I read the poems from the first to the last. The cumulative effect was a moving stillness that pooled deep in me.

Poems that I read more than once “Encounter at Daybreak” (I’ve looked a few does in the eye and seen wonder, too), “Undercurrents,” “Either/Or,” “The Red Couch,” “Taking Back the Moon,” (Haven’t we always known she’s a woman!, but how well Rae puts it), “My Body, the Tourist,” (Indeedy do), and “Bus Stop,” were especially compelling today, which is not to say that others won’t be enticing tomorrow. Although I have limited sitzfleish, a lovely Yiddish word that translates as patience that can endure sitting, I’m keeping The Weight of Roses close, so I can dip in whenever I want.

 

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