Cecilia Woloch in Atlanta: Performance of "Tsigan" and workshops

Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream) 

Tzigane: le Poème Gitan
(Tsigan: the Gypsy Poem)
By Cecilia Woloch

Celebrating the lyrical fire of the gypsy spirit — a poetic spirit that transcends geographical boundaries and the limits of space and time.

Called Gypsy, Tsigan, Gitane, Cygane, Zigeuner, the Roma people have wandered the world for a thousand years—their mysterious origins a source of fascination as well as suspicion. They’ve been romanticized but also brutally persecuted. Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem is an acclaimed book-length poetic sequence written by Cecilia Woloch.  It intertwines her personal journey of identity with the larger forces in the world that have shaped the Roma people’s fate and fortunes. Tsigan has recently been translated into French, and the French edition was published this spring by Scribe-l'Harmattan.

Please join Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream)
in a celebration of both the English and French versions of Tzigane (Tsigan)

September 28, 6:30 p.m. 

at the home of Sophia Brothers Peterman
487 Burlington Road NE, Atlanta 30307
A donation of $10 is suggested for the reading, wine,
and the opportunity to meet the author.

Space is limited. Reservation is required:
RSVP to: info@tdratl.org or call (404) 875-3829.

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Atlanta Poetry Workshops
with Cecilia Woloch

Poet/traveler/teacher Cecilia Woloch is coming to Atlanta and will offer two all-day intensive workshops for poets. Both workshops will offer generative exercises and feedback on new writing in a lively and convivial atmosphere, as well as craft tips and suggestions for revising and shaping poems.

Workshop #1: Sunday, Sept. 28
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library at Brookwood Place
1735 Peachtree St. NE 
Hosted by Karen Paul Holmes (404-316-8466)

Abundance, Extravagance, Specific Mysteries

This workshop will focus on bringing lush and sensual detail into our writing to make the writing both more mysterious and more precise, more resonant and more deeply alive. We’ll take inspiration from such diverse poets as Federico Garcia Lorca, Joy Harjo, Adrienne Rich, Leonard Cohen and Yona Harvey.

We’ll break for lunch around 1 p.m.; you can brown-bag it and have lunch by the pool, or take a short walk to Chipotle for eat-in or carry-out.

In the evening, a bilingual reading in celebration of the publication of the French translation of Cecilia’s Tsigan; The Gypsy Poem will be held in a private home in Decatur. Workshop participants are welcome to attend. Please email Cecilia for further details and reservations. (CeciWo@AOL.com)

Workshop #2: Monday, Sept. 29
1 – 6 p.m.
2000 Granite Springs Lane
Hosted by Eve Hoffman (770- 448-8407)

The Music of What Happens: Blurring the Border Between 'Narrative' and 'Lyric'

This workshop will meet in the beautiful riverside home of Eve Hoffman in Norcross, a half hour’s drive north of central Atlanta. Generative exercises will focus on infusing our poems with rich sound and rhythm, weaving the narrative impulse with the impulse to sing. Cecilia will offer a 10-minute lecture on the evolution of accentual-syllabic meter.

We’ll take a brief break mid-afternoon for coffee or tea. Feel free to bring snacks to share.

After the workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m., Eve will open her home to the wider Atlanta poetry community for an evening potluck. This will be an opportunity for everyone to share what s/he is doing, to discuss what’s happening on the Atlanta poetry scene and what we’d like to see happen, and to connect and celebrate. If you have books or chapbooks to sell or exchange, be sure to bring copies along, as well as libations and/or food to share.

The cost of each workshop is $75, or $130 for those who sign up for both. Payment must be made in advance to hold your space. (You can pay by check or by credit card via PayPal.) Each workshop will be limited to a maximum of ten poets and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a space in a workshop, please contact Karen Holmes: kpaulholmes@gmail.com

To RSVP for the Tsigan reading on the evening of Sept. 28, please contact Cecilia:

To RSVP for the poetry potluck on Sept. 29, please contact Eve Hoffman: evehoffman@bellsouth.net


Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Tsigan has also been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe, and is currently being translated into Polish. Her novella, Sur la Route, a finalist for the Colony Collapse Prize, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015. She has recently completed a new collection of poems and a collection of essays.

Cecilia’s honors include The Indiana Review Prize for Poetry, The New Ohio Review Prize for Poetry, the Scott Russell Sanders Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, CEC/ArtsLink International, Chateau de la Napoule Foundation, the Center for International Theatre Development and many others. Her work has been translated and published in French, German, Polish and Ukrainian. She collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre artists and filmmakers.  

Watch a YouTube video about Cecilia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYzHP6tkGc

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