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Apr
6
Mon
2020
Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Led by KT Herr

Starting Monday, March 30 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “Love in the Time of Quarantine,” an online weekly poetry craft class led by KT Herr. This class will include readings, discussion, and writing. All are welcome! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Mondays at 3pm (3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20). Join one, some, or all sessions. Contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Please sign up the Sunday before each class at the latest. KT will send you recommended readings to prepare for class.

This series is free and open to the public!

About the class:
Join us in reading texts by contemporary and living poets touching on some aspect of love; self-love, love of country, love of ancestors, romantic love, communal love. We’ll gather on Zoom to talk about what defines a love poem, and how we can engage the many faces of love as inspiration. Discussion will consist of close-readings and identification of craft elements in each poem. We’ll also read and discuss one craft essay, talk, or interview that ties into some aspect of the poems we discuss. Finally, students will receive a writing prompt for some open writing time at the end of class, after which they may share what they’ve written with the class. I will also offer a take-home prompt as homework for anyone who wishes to continue doing more writing on their own.

About the teacher:
KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Virtual SCI-FI Book Club!
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Sci-Fi Book Club – Presented by the West Tisbury Library!

Our second reading will be “The Women Men Don’t See,” by James Tiptree Jr. This casual discussion group will be led by Alexandra, librarian and life-long sci-fi nerd. Please email Alexandra at apratt@clamsnet.org to join. This week’s short story is available free online. We will help you access the story online and learn how to use Zoom. Science-fiction isn’t only a widely popular genre, it is a powerful way to explore and imagine new ideas and ways of being. As the great Ursula K. Leguin said “It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”

 

Apr
8
Wed
2020
Livestream Course: “Sourdough for Slackers”
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Livestream Course: “Sourdough for Slackers”
Led by Moira Silva

Starting Wednesday, April 1st from 1-2:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a two-part livestream instructional sourdough course led by Moira Silva. Classes will meet virtually through Zoom April 1st and April 8th from 1-2:30pm. Class will be limited to 12 participants. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Free and open to the public!

About the class:
What to do you when you can’t get your hands on a loaf of bread? Bake your own! I promise — if I can do it, so can you!

High in protein, vitamins and minerals, while low in sugar, sourdough bread is a nutritious and delicious household staple. Let Moira Silva show you how incredibly versatile it is. Sourdough bread freezes well and only requires flour, salt, maple syrup, and water. Your sourdough starter can be used to make egg-free staples like biscuits, pizza dough, and more. Make your home smell amazing while learning something new! 

April 1: General overview of sourdough, demo of breadmaking process.

April 8: Trouble-shoot questions and showcase of more sourdough recipes

No previous experience required. See below for a list of recommended materials and ingredients.
Please note! – You do not have to have the recommended materials/ingredients to be part of this class. Participants are welcome to watch Moira’s interactive demos and ask questions without “cooking” along.

About the instructor:
Moira Silva is a mother, writer, teacher, and activist. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Edible Vineyard, The Boston Globe and Women’s Running. She enjoys fooling around in her kitchen and at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market with her two young sons; together they once self-published a pancake cookbook focused on seasonal, local flapjacks

Optional materials for this class:

For Best Success, Equipment You Will Want to Have: 

Measuring cups and spoons 
2 1-quart wide-mouth Ball jars
spatula 
King Arthur Organic All-Purpose flour (or whatever you prefer)
Rye flour (preferably heirloom, e.g. Anson Mills Abruzzi Rye, medium grind) 
Whole Wheat flour (preferably heirloom, e.g. Anson Mills Red Fife; Einkorn, etc.) 
Waxed paper and large rubber bands 
Misting bottle (or glass of water)
Parchment paper
Knife or razor for scoring dough
Starter
–   Option# 1 (Best option for now): Order starter from https://shop.kingarthurflour.com/items/classic-fresh-sourdough-starter-1-oz

–   Option#2: If you can trust a friend to sanitize a jar and leave it on their porch, you might try that. Many Islanders bake with sourdough.

–   Option #3: Try making it on a warm day from https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013152-sourdough-starter?utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website 

Nice to have:

Stand mixer with dough hook (unless you choose to hand-kneed)
3.2 qt. Lodge Pot, Combo Cooker– for baking bread in. If not, you can make rolls on a cookie sheet 
Cooling rack 
Rolled Oats (Thick, Long-Cooking is best) and/or cornmeal
Digital scale (e.g. Salter) for weighing flour 
Bread Proofer (e.g. Brod & Taylor from King Arthur online} 
2 Brotforms (from King Arthur) 

Apr
9
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class
Led by Spencer Thurlow

Starting Thursday, March 26 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host an online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23. Free and open to the public!

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Virtual Yoga: All-Levels Kripalu Flow Class
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

All-Levels Kripalu Flow Class
Virtual Yoga Hosted by the West Tisbury Library

Starting Friday, March 27 at 8am, the West Tisbury Library will host an online all-levels Kripalu Flow Class led by Jason Mazar-Kelly (Yogijay). Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 8am. This class is focused on soothing the nervous system through a combination of movement, breathwork, and meditation. This class is accessible to all levels and is a fun way to wake up while starting the day with a sense of peace in these times of uncertainty. Sign up is required. Please contact wt_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up. Free and open to the public!

About the instructor:

Jason is a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness consultant, business consultant, private chef, and CPA. From meditation and breathwork to hot vinyasa and pranic flows, Jason likes to share a variety of tools and techniques with practitioners at all levels. At the age of 12, Jason was diagnosed with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). For the majority of his teenage years he struggled with OCD until finding yoga and mindfulness therapy. The practices he shares are practices he has worked with since 2011. Since 2014, he has shared these practices with communities around New England. His practices have been discovered through personal inquiry as well as through training, research, and mentorships. He will not only challenge you physically but will also challenge you to go deeper, to step into rigorous personal inquiry, and to engage with sensation. Discover the sweetness that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and into being fully alive.

Online Poetry Drop-in
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Online Poetry Drop-in Class

Starting Friday, April 10 at 3pm, the West Tisbury Library will host online Poetry Drop-in Class led by Donald Nitchie. In this class, participants will look at and discuss two classic or contemporary poems (which will be emailed beforehand), and then be given a writing exercise based on each poem. At the end, writers will be encouraged to read their writing, but it is not required. 

Class will meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 3-4 pm. Space is limited. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up and get a Zoom explanation if needed: ogately@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24. Free and open to the public!

Apr
13
Mon
2020
Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Led by KT Herr

Starting Monday, March 30 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “Love in the Time of Quarantine,” an online weekly poetry craft class led by KT Herr. This class will include readings, discussion, and writing. All are welcome! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Mondays at 3pm (3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20). Join one, some, or all sessions. Contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Please sign up the Sunday before each class at the latest. KT will send you recommended readings to prepare for class.

This series is free and open to the public!

About the class:
Join us in reading texts by contemporary and living poets touching on some aspect of love; self-love, love of country, love of ancestors, romantic love, communal love. We’ll gather on Zoom to talk about what defines a love poem, and how we can engage the many faces of love as inspiration. Discussion will consist of close-readings and identification of craft elements in each poem. We’ll also read and discuss one craft essay, talk, or interview that ties into some aspect of the poems we discuss. Finally, students will receive a writing prompt for some open writing time at the end of class, after which they may share what they’ve written with the class. I will also offer a take-home prompt as homework for anyone who wishes to continue doing more writing on their own.

About the teacher:
KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Virtual SCI-FI Book Club!
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Sci-Fi Book Club – Presented by the West Tisbury Library!

Our second reading will be “The Women Men Don’t See,” by James Tiptree Jr. This casual discussion group will be led by Alexandra, librarian and life-long sci-fi nerd. Please email Alexandra at apratt@clamsnet.org to join. This week’s short story is available free online. We will help you access the story online and learn how to use Zoom. Science-fiction isn’t only a widely popular genre, it is a powerful way to explore and imagine new ideas and ways of being. As the great Ursula K. Leguin said “It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”

 

Online Writers Read
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Online Writers Read
Led by Niki Patton

On Monday, April 13 at 7pm, the West Tisbury Library will host its monthly “Writers Read” evening online through Zoom. This event, led by Niki Patton, features community members reading short original prose pieces. Both fiction and nonfiction readings are welcome. Each reader is allotted eight minutes to read. Critique to follow reading is optional. Free and open to the public. Sign up to be a reader or listener at this event by emailing Niki at gaia1muse@gmail.com.

Questions about Zoom? Please contact the library at wt_mail@clamsnet.org.

Apr
15
Wed
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Memoir Writing Workshop
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Memoir Class

Starting Wednesday, April 15 from 1-2:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host an online Memoir Workshop led by Moira Silva. Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on five Wednesdays from 1-2:30pm. Sign up is required. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13. Participants are asked to commit to all five sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the class:

We are living in strange times no doubt. In this course, writers are invited to tell whatever story is closest to them. They may choose to dive into what’s happening now by keeping a running journal or reflect on life by penning official life story memoirs. Or both. 

A blend of exercises, readings and discussions will connect writers with their writing and themselves. Participants will form a supportive community while sharing in-process work. We will honor whatever is created, be it essays, songs, letters or entire new genres. After five weeks, writers will leave lighter in spirit and richer in purpose. 

No writing experience required. You will need a device that allows you to use the free program Zoom. Please contact the library at wt_mail@clamsnet.org if you need help setting this up.

Facilitated by seasoned writing instructor Moira Convey Silva. She is not so seasoned with online teaching so she appreciates your patience there.

About the instructor:

Moira Convey Silva is a writing instructor, writing consultant, yoga teacher, community activist, and award-winning writer who, for over 10 years, has freelanced for national and local periodicals. Focusing on features and essays, especially ones that relate to sustainability, Silva’s writing most notably appears in the Boston Globe, Women’s Running and Taproot.

 

Apr
16
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class
Apr 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class
Led by Spencer Thurlow

Starting Thursday, March 26 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host an online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23. Free and open to the public!

Apr
17
Fri
2020
Virtual Yoga: All-Levels Kripalu Flow Class
Apr 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

All-Levels Kripalu Flow Class
Virtual Yoga Hosted by the West Tisbury Library

Starting Friday, March 27 at 8am, the West Tisbury Library will host an online all-levels Kripalu Flow Class led by Jason Mazar-Kelly (Yogijay). Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 8am. This class is focused on soothing the nervous system through a combination of movement, breathwork, and meditation. This class is accessible to all levels and is a fun way to wake up while starting the day with a sense of peace in these times of uncertainty. Sign up is required. Please contact wt_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up. Free and open to the public!

About the instructor:

Jason is a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness consultant, business consultant, private chef, and CPA. From meditation and breathwork to hot vinyasa and pranic flows, Jason likes to share a variety of tools and techniques with practitioners at all levels. At the age of 12, Jason was diagnosed with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). For the majority of his teenage years he struggled with OCD until finding yoga and mindfulness therapy. The practices he shares are practices he has worked with since 2011. Since 2014, he has shared these practices with communities around New England. His practices have been discovered through personal inquiry as well as through training, research, and mentorships. He will not only challenge you physically but will also challenge you to go deeper, to step into rigorous personal inquiry, and to engage with sensation. Discover the sweetness that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and into being fully alive.

Online Poetry Drop-in
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Online Poetry Drop-in Class

Starting Friday, April 10 at 3pm, the West Tisbury Library will host online Poetry Drop-in Class led by Donald Nitchie. In this class, participants will look at and discuss two classic or contemporary poems (which will be emailed beforehand), and then be given a writing exercise based on each poem. At the end, writers will be encouraged to read their writing, but it is not required. 

Class will meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 3-4 pm. Space is limited. Please contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up and get a Zoom explanation if needed: ogately@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24. Free and open to the public!

Apr
20
Mon
2020
Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Love in the Time of Quarantine: An Online Class in Poetry Craft
Led by KT Herr

Starting Monday, March 30 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “Love in the Time of Quarantine,” an online weekly poetry craft class led by KT Herr. This class will include readings, discussion, and writing. All are welcome! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on Mondays at 3pm (3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20). Join one, some, or all sessions. Contact the library’s program coordinator Olivia to sign up: ogately@clamsnet.org. Please sign up the Sunday before each class at the latest. KT will send you recommended readings to prepare for class.

This series is free and open to the public!

About the class:
Join us in reading texts by contemporary and living poets touching on some aspect of love; self-love, love of country, love of ancestors, romantic love, communal love. We’ll gather on Zoom to talk about what defines a love poem, and how we can engage the many faces of love as inspiration. Discussion will consist of close-readings and identification of craft elements in each poem. We’ll also read and discuss one craft essay, talk, or interview that ties into some aspect of the poems we discuss. Finally, students will receive a writing prompt for some open writing time at the end of class, after which they may share what they’ve written with the class. I will also offer a take-home prompt as homework for anyone who wishes to continue doing more writing on their own.

About the teacher:
KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Virtual SCI-FI Book Club!
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Sci-Fi Book Club – Presented by the West Tisbury Library!

Our second reading will be “The Women Men Don’t See,” by James Tiptree Jr. This casual discussion group will be led by Alexandra, librarian and life-long sci-fi nerd. Please email Alexandra at apratt@clamsnet.org to join. This week’s short story is available free online. We will help you access the story online and learn how to use Zoom. Science-fiction isn’t only a widely popular genre, it is a powerful way to explore and imagine new ideas and ways of being. As the great Ursula K. Leguin said “It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”