Friday, July 31, 2015

Interview on Gypsy Poet Radio



So excited to be interviewed tonight by Sophia E. DiGonis​ for Gypsy Poet Radio!! I'll be reading some poems too. It's at 10 PM CST live, and on archive thereafter. 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gypsypoet/2015/08/01/american-poet-melissa-studdard

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Catskills Poetry Workshop

Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali:
Poetry as Pandoric Praxis

WITH AMY KING & MELISSA STUDDARD

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DATE: AUGUST 8, 2015 


LOCATION: 1693 STATE ROUTE 28A

WEST HURLEY NY 12491

The feminine encounter with beauty, love and self-sacrifice is typically depicted in a positive, nearly angelic light. However the feminine encounter with self-knowledge has often been depicted as a negative event, bringing the fall of man and worse: a disastrous ruination from the female’s lofty beatific birthright into ugly monstrous creatures who plague all of humanity. This denigration, seen repeatedly in literature from earliest myth to the latest social media headlines, is reductive, and serves to separate all genders in restrictive ways.  
What if the feminine encountering knowledge, self and otherwise, could be an alchemical event that forged new ways of seeing for everyone?  What if the energy of these grotesque creatures could actually be powerful enough to break down the walls that separate the genders?

Join us for a myth-shattering poetry workshop in which we explore the redemptive mode of embracing the "monstrous ugly" to unveil and broaden the scope of our own "monstrous selves"! Through apostrophe, ekphrasis and collaboration, we will break taboos and touch the seedy underbellies of our inner monsters & hyenas, put pressure on the political and personal divide, and discover what might emerge when we - men and women alike - bring together our collective feminine selves and use poems as tools to claw our way out of cliché, reclaim our power, and find value in the refuse left in our uprising.

THIS BESPOKE RETREAT IN THE BEAUTIFUL CATSKILL MOUNTAINS IS CUSTOM-DESIGNED TO REPLENISH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT.  A DELICIOUS, LEISUIRELY LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED, AS WELL AS GENEROUS TIME FOR A NATURE WALK, MEDITATION, AND CONVERSATION.
 

COST: $300.  LIMITED TO TEN.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Indiewire Review of Dan Sickles’ Film Adaptation of “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast”

Amazing, amazing, glorious beauty. Via Indiewire, here is Dan Sickles' lush, primeval, sensuous film interpretation of my short poem "I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast," shot on location in Puerto Rico. And huge thanks to the good folks at Motionpoems & VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for making this happen!

Monday, April 27, 2015

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast ranked #7 in Love Poetry







This is so cool. The new paperback version of 'I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast' is ranked in the 6,000s at Amazon and #5 in Love Poetry. I had no idea poetry books could rank so well. People must be hungry for star meat and syrup-covered stacks of sky! :)

Long live poetry!