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Issue 46 (Vol. 11 No. 4). Summer 2000

NOTES ON WATERWAYS PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT
by RICHARD KOSTELANETZ

The greatest social theme of our time is the empowerment of those previously regarded as powerless. Familiarly, this development changed the lives of African-Americans and women. Less familiar are changes that have happened in both educat

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Issue 46 (Vol. 11 No. 4). Summer 2000

NOTES ON WATERWAYS PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT
by RICHARD KOSTELANETZ

The greatest social theme of our time is the empowerment of those previously regarded as powerless. Familiarly, this development changed the lives of African-Americans and women. Less familiar are changes that have happened in both educat

Operating as usual

Barbara Fisher - Reprising Joy 1
09/08/2020
Barbara Fisher - Reprising Joy 1

Barbara Fisher - Reprising Joy 1

The 2007-8 school year saw the debut of a new Ten Penny Players' arts curriculum -- Reprising Joy -- using pets, poetry, and photographs to motivate creative...

"When the phone call comes from the hospital saying bring the baby, my stomach immediately constricts.  My head suddenly...
08/27/2020
24660496-Care-Without-Care-Chapter-VI.pdf

"When the phone call comes from the hospital saying bring the baby, my stomach immediately constricts. My head suddenly tightens and a rolling, perpetually incipient headache thumps into view to remain there, hovering on the edges of my eyes throughout the hospital stay." -- Barbara Fisher (the opening lines of Chapter 6).

Barbara Fisher is reading 2 of Mimi Pebler's poems.  Mimi came regularly to the poetry workshop I facilitated at the Jef...
08/14/2020
Barbara Fisher Reads Poems by Mimi Pebler

Barbara Fisher
is reading 2 of Mimi Pebler's poems. Mimi came regularly to the poetry workshop I facilitated at the Jefferson Market Library for most of 1he 1980s and into the 1990s. Mimi was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1910. She lived in Greenwich Village not far from the library, worked as a nanny, and loved birds.

During a publication party for 14 Voices at Ten Penny Players in 1991, Barbara Fisher stood in for Mimi Pebler and read the 2 poems that were published in th...

When we began the Waterways Project our vision was a series of open air poetry book fairs along the New York State Water...
08/13/2020
Waterways-1980-August16.pdf

When we began the Waterways Project our vision was a series of open air poetry book fairs along the New York State Waterways. We were successful in bringing the event to the outerboroughs, and were hoping to find sites in Long Island and upstate NY. We were invited to come up to Albany. Michaell Rutherford's ALPS (Alternative Literary Programs) set up that event at the Albany Public Library and found readers to appear in The Waterways Project's mid August issue documenting the event.
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From the archives, Waterways in July 2010.
07/13/2020
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From the archives, Waterways in July 2010.

From the archives -- Waterways in July 2019.
07/13/2020
wwv40n2a.pdf

From the archives -- Waterways in July 2019.

Ten years ago, Sidney Bernard provided the theme -- "Joan of Arc slumped in the fetal position at the stake; the roar of...
05/14/2020
wwv30n11.pdf

Ten years ago, Sidney Bernard provided the theme -- "Joan of Arc slumped in the fetal position at the stake; the roar of burning embers and smoke at one with the miraculous forest voices at the end."

With poems by 16 poets including Ellaraine Lockie, James Penha, William Corner Clarke, B.R. Strahan, Bill Roberts, Mary Clark, and Wayne Hogan.

In April 1980 Waterways coordinated a series of readings in conjunction with the annual New York Book Fair. This issue f...
04/30/2020
Waterways-1980-April.pdf

In April 1980 Waterways coordinated a series of readings in conjunction with the annual New York Book Fair. This issue from 30 years ago documented those readings at NYU's Loeb Student Center, the Cedar Tavern, and The Cornelia Street Cafe. Later that month, we participated in a 3 day New Jersey literary event held at the Newark Public Library and documented a sampling of the poets who read there.
Among the poets reading were David Ferguson, Donald Lev, Enid Dame, Toi Derricotte, and Sherida Yoder.

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04/30/2020
Clorox

Clorox

Read The Patriot Post. It's Right. It's Free.

From 30 years ago (April, 1990). Click to view this archived edition of Waterways with works by Jerome Campbell, Laurel ...
04/23/2020
wwv11n4.pdf

From 30 years ago (April, 1990). Click to view this archived edition of Waterways with works by Jerome Campbell, Laurel Speer, Arthur Winfield Knight, Felicia Mitchell, Darvid Chorlton, Kit Knight, Pat Anthony, Albert Huffstickler and many other fine authors.

Waterways from 20 years ago. The theme borrowed from Mary Wollstonecraft (The Rights of Woman, 1792) is, "...for a gift ...
04/17/2020
wwv21n4.pdf

Waterways from 20 years ago. The theme borrowed from Mary Wollstonecraft (The Rights of Woman, 1792) is, "...for a gift is a mockery if it be unfit for use..."
Contributors included Joy Hewitt Mann, Albert Huffstickler, Lyn Lifshin, and John Grey.

I hope you get a chance to read through this issue from last October.  It begins with a poem in French by Québécoise poe...
10/10/2019
wwv39n4.pdf

I hope you get a chance to read through this issue from last October. It begins with a poem in French by Québécoise poet, Monique Laforce (followed by Sylvia Manning's English translation). Margo Roby writes of "Sulawesi's Tsunami". Marilyn Braendeholm writes of her mother's final moments. William Corner Clarke begins his poem, "Talking Pictures" with the line, "On some obscure channel". Thea Schiller appears for the first time in Waterways with her poem, "Choice of Four." Ellaraine Lockie recalls her strong response to an adolescent's sexual advances in "Armed in Eighth Grade History Class". Wayne Hogan calls for nominations. Charles Rammelkamp's poem reminds us of the infectious disease that ravaged the world in the early part of the 20th century. Robert Cooperman's narrative poem tells the story of Lena Sprockett from Turpin, Missouri. Sylvia Manning contributes 3 evocative poems. James Penha concludes this issue with his poem, Portrait, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Wayne Hogan's frontispiece dives into the complexities of modern existence. The cover (theme) is one of my sketches.

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09/22/2019
Barbara Fisher Reads Poems by Mimi Pebler

Barbara Fisher Reads Poems by Mimi Pebler

During a publication party for 14 Voices at Ten Penny Players in 1991, Barbara Fisher stood in for Mimi Pebler and read the 2 poems that were published in th...

09/22/2019
14 Voices - Introduction.mov

14 Voices - Introduction.mov

The poems in this anthology, written by member of the Jefferson Market Library Poetry Workshop, represent a variety of ages, backgrounds, life experience and...

09/21/2019
14 Voices-1 Nichols Abstraction.mov

14 Voices-1 Nichols Abstraction.mov

M. M. Nichols, a frequent contributor to Waterways, uses words to evoke the visual abstraction of a painting that "mourns greenly."

09/20/2019
14 Voices-4 Campbell At Old Town.mov

14 Voices-4 Campbell At Old Town.mov

Jerome Campbell lived in Old Town on Staten Island, but traveled frequently to Manhattan so he could participate in the poetry workshops at the Jefferson Mar...

09/19/2019
Jerome Campbell "What the Old Horse Had To Say".mov

Jerome Campbell "What the Old Horse Had To Say".mov

Jerome Campbell, former city counsel for New York, used his keen mind and humanistic education to develop the metaphors in his poetic expression.

09/18/2019
Esther Travers reading "Plague".mov

Esther Travers reading "Plague".mov

Esther Travers, Mary Travers' stepmother, regularly attended the poetry workshop at the Jefferson Market Library.

09/17/2019
McPhillips.mov

McPhillips.mov

Ed McPhillips frequently brought his perspective to the weekly Jefferson Market Library poetry workshops.

09/15/2019
Regina Imber -2- .mov

Regina Imber -2- .mov

In 1991 Regina participated in the poetry workshops held at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. She was published, together with all ...

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