Poetry and Prose Workshops from the Arts Council

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Helen Ruggieri was recently selected for an individual artist grant by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council and will conduct a series of workshops across the county in 2016. The workshops will be about writing poetry and prose from everyday life. Dates for the workshops are as follows:

Ruggieri has an MFA in poetry writing from Penn State and studied with the late William Stafford at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA for 20 years and currently teaches a poetry workshop for the African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean, NY, and coordinates the reading series at the Olean Public Library.

Ruggieri's new book, The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time, has been released by Mayapple Press, Woodstock, NY. George Bilgere said of the book. "reading Ruggieri's haunting meditations on the slow passing away of the things of this world, is like finding the lovely delicate bones of a creature you hadn't realized was long extinct. Again and again she reminds us to take note, to bear witness. Remember how beautiful it was to be here. "

Ruggieri spent a semester in Japan at Yokohama College of Commerce and published a book of her experiences – The Character for Woman (Foothills Publications) and received a Sasakawa Fellowship for the study of Japanese Culture at San Diego State University. Other books are Glimmer Girls (Mayapple Press), Butterflies Under a Japanese Moon (Kitsune Books), and The Kingdom Where Everybody Sings Off Key (Aldrich Press). She edited, with the late Linda Underhill, an anthology of writings on the Allegheny River – Written on Water, reviewed in Pittsburgh Mazazine, as "a loving ode" to the river and a must have for those who live along its banks.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. Her award winning haiku have appeared in publications in Ireland, England, Russia, Belgium, Japan and elsewhere. She has produced a video of the 14th Century Buddhist nun Abutsu, a trailblazer for women of her time. The video was supported by a grant from the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Studies program.

Ruggieri's essay on James Wright's poem, "A Blessing" is posted on the Academy of American Poets website as part of the first New York State Poetry Unites contest.

Ruggieri studied tai chi for fifteen years and has two kung fu weapons – the fan and the bo staff. She is a master gardener. Visit her web page at www.HelenRuggieri.com for reviews and blog entries.