Renowned California Poet Patrice Vecchione's at the Tor House in Carmel

Top Quote Save the Date! Renowned California Poet Patrice Vecchione will be at the Tor House on April 6th and 19th to give a workshop and reading. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) March 12, 2013 - Renowned California Poet Patrice Vecchione's New Book of Poems Launches Just In Time For National Poetry Month. Save the Date For Patrice Vecchione at the Tor House.

    Patrice Vecchione's new book of poems, "The Knot Untied," comes out in time for National Poetry Month, the annual celebration of poetry. Patrice writes about what it means to be alive and alert to the world around her. She's a woman who never left her girlhood jump rope behind, an artist unafraid of glitter, one who'd rather be near than far, an ordinary woman who, through poetry, celebrates the extraordinary in daily life.

    Patrice believes poetry - the writing and the reading of it - is life-affirming. It's a way of saying, "Let's look closely at this small thing or attend to a larger something like losing or finding someone. Poems are a way to notice and celebrate that which we all see but the poet stops long enough to find the poem hidden there. A poem can praise both triumph and defeat because they're both aspects of being alive. Poetry shortens the divide between people-that which makes us seem different from each other. Read a poem and you find we're really very much alike."

    On Saturday, April 6, from 10 - 4, Patrice will lead a poetry writing workshop at Tor House. This year's workshop is called Poetry's Uniqueness and will address what makes a poem a poem and how one finds the place of poetry within. The day will be spent writing and discussing aspects of poetry, including: sound, voice, line, nuance, image and mystery.

    On Friday evening, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., Patrice will give a reading from her new book of poems, The Knot Untied.

    The poems in "The Knot Untied" aim to shine a light on friendship, the mother-daughter relationship, the aging process, falling in love, the natural world, the small, often unnoticed moments, and how within these experiences there is something ineffable - call it God or spirit or that which can't be explained. These are poems written by a writer seeking to celebrate the world and her place in it.

    Patrice took an unusual route to publish this collection. "The Knot Untied" was published by a community of readers. She developed an Indiegogo campaign that she announced through Facebook, creating a venue for the community to fund her new book. Very quickly, teachers, housewives, musicians, doctors and lawyers came together to make it possible for her new collection of poems "The Knot Untied" to BE published.

    Save the Date!
    Tor House, 26304 Ocean View, Carmel, (831) 624-1813
    April 6 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    April 19 7:30 p.m.

    For the last several years, poet Patrice Vecchione has had the opportunity to teach an annual, daylong poetry writing workshop at Tor House, the home of poet Robinson Jeffers. Each year, the workshop fills to capacity because writers know that the chance to write in this auspicious place is rare. To tour the house and property is to enter the realm of Jeffers' work and his life there and to imagine what it was like when he and his wife, Una, arrived in 1914 and fell in love with the unspoiled beauty of the Carmel coast, when the oceanfront property was not surrounded by other homes, and Carmel was a quieter place. The Jeffers' referred to the land as their "inevitable place." To write there is to enter more fully the realm of Jeffers' creative fire, his poetry and the life and he Una created. Many students in Patrice's poetry workshops find their "inevitable" poems more willing to come forth there-the stone house, Hawk Tower, the gardens in bloom, wind rushing and the surf pounding just across the garden gate.

    In an earlier book, Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within, Patrice writes about Hawk Tower, "When I walk by his home, I like to look up at the tower that he built for his wife and think about the fame he got for laying down the stones and building the tower. On a tour led by his granddaughter, we were taken up into the tower. At some spots along the narrow staircase you can fit through only by turning sideways. At the top there's a room with a desk. I imagine Una Jeffers at that desk, writing beside the window. The tower didn't make Jeffers money or bring him success in the larger world. It was made for love."

    For details on the workshop and reading: or 624-1180.
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    Background on Patrice Vecchione:
    Patrice Vecchione is the author of "Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within," from McGraw-Hill ("Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione," The Writer Magazine) and an earlier collection of poems, "Territory of Wind" from Many Hands Press. She's the editor of many anthologies, including: "Truth and Lies," "The Body Eclectic" and "Revenge and Forgiveness," for young adults, from Henry Holt, "Whisper and Shout: Poems to Memorize," for children, from Cricket Books, and co-editor of "Catholic Girls," and "Storming Heaven's Gate" for grown-ups, from Penguin Books. "A Woman's Life in Pieces," Patrice's one-woman play, was performed to full houses throughout the Monterey Bay area.

    For 35 years, she's taught poetry to young people through her program, The Heart of the Word: Poetry and Imagination. A collage artist, her work appears on book covers. She teaches both collage and creative writing workshops at community centers, universities, libraries and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif.

    Patrice makes her home in Monterey, Calif., with her best beloveds: her husband, Michael, two cats and a garden, often in bloom. Whenever possible, she wanders the trails at Jacks Peak Park.

    Upon Request:
    -Media Interviews Available
    - Books Available for Book Reviews
    - High Resolution Photography Available

    Press Contact: Marci Bracco Cain/Chatterbox Public Relations (831) 747-7455.

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