WordFest Writing Workshop: Haiku & Sushi with a Ojai Vineyards Chaser!

Bowl of Sushi (Painting by Hiroshige)

Bowl of Sushi (Painting by Hiroshige) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate with me this Friday, April 12, 2013, when I will be leading a haiku writing workshop at a sushi bar in Ojai–which means I’ll be stopping by Ojai Vineyards while I’m in town!

That’s right, you can get your haiku and eat it too!

Well, maybe not, but that sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Either way, it will be a fun time for 12 on 4/12 at 12 when we gather in Ojai during WordFest’s “Foodie Friday” for a sushi lunch with a side of haiku. Or maybe that’s haiku with a side of sushi?

So if you don’t mind the soy sauce on your writing notebook, Continue reading

WBW#78 report & #79 gets literary!

Last month for Wine Blogging Wednesday #78, we got our “viggy on” –which means that, according to host Frank Morgan, over 29 bottles of viognier were opened, tasted, and reviewed on various blogs (including this one). Bloggers wrote about wines from California, Virginia, Australia, Washington, Portugal, and more.

July’s Wine Blogging Wednesday host Brix Chix Liza asks wine bloggers to ponder:

What wine would your favorite fictional character drink?
And she’s offering a prize for the best entry! 
I’m going to ask my fellow Wine Predators to email me their stories and I’ll post them here. While the obvious literary guests should have been fellow wine blogger Deb Harkness‘s heroine from Discovery of Witches and her vampire/geneticist wino sweetheart, I invited Professor McGonigle over for Sunday dinner. You’ll have to wait until Wednesday to hear about what we ate and drank and talked about! (Oh, and there might be pictures as well!)
Wanna play? Here are the rules:
  • Think of a favorite character. Any genre, any timeline, any story.
  • What wine would he/she/it drink? Tell us about the wine. Work it into the story.
  • Extra credit for those who write a scene with the wine
  • Your deadline is Wednesday, July 25th
  • Leave a comment  at Brixchicks #wbw79
  • Facebook BrixChick Liza
  • Tweet @brixchick_Liza
  • Email WBW79 at brixchicks dot com
  • If you are thinking of dressing up as your character, We LOVE that! Instagram us: brixchick_Liza
  • Be sure to use the #WBW79 hashtag.

Wine Predator Poetry Readings 4/14 & 5/8

While I have a love for writing about wine, I also have a passion for poetry: I’ve been an award winning and published poet for nearly 20 years, and an exhibiting artist since 1994 with three solo shows in Ventura and one on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

I first published my poetry and art in 1995 ArtLife Limited Editions with broadsides of my paintings, mixed media, and installations with my words. Since 2001, I’ve been participating in the 3:15 Experiment where poets wake at 3:15am every night during the month of August to write. In 2006, I co-edited a book of 3:15 Experiment poetry.

Last March I published this book of 3:15 Experiment poetry which traces my journey from being a daughter to becoming a mother to losing my mother the night before the 3:15 experiment in 2010.

Read more about my poetry collection including sample poems and reviews.  Continue reading