New Work in Studio

Word Spew, 60" x 60", mixed med. on paper


Poetry & Bookmaking Workshop - Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA

Saturday April 25, 2015 - Sunday April 26, 2015 • Workshop

10:00AM - 3:00PM Cost : $75 per person 

Poetry & Bookmaking WorkshopThis immersive, artist and poet led, two-day workshop will combine poetry and book arts, including letterpress. Youll explore the Museum's collection for inspiration in writing Ekphrastic poetry and creating unique books. Attendees will also enjoy a letterpress demonstration and will be able to select glyphs and typefaces to use in their second book. 

Artists include Kathleen Mendus Dlugos, associate professor of art and AFA program director at Westmoreland County Community College; Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker and poet; and Cynthia Ferrari, book artist, painter, and art adjunct faculty member at Westmoreland County Community College. 

Lunch and all materials for the workshop will be provided. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today online or contact Joan McGarry, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, at 724-837-1500 ext. 119 or


Upcoming Poetry Workshops (3) - The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

Reading As Apprenticeship:  Inger Christensen's alphabet

 6/18 and 6/25/15 - Thursdays - 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (2 sessions)

Description: A two-session conversation on the book length poem "alphabet" by Danish poet Inger Christensen, tr. Susanna Nied. Structured on Fibonacci’s mathematical sequence, it is a “poet’s encyclopedia of natural history and its destroyers…sung at the speed of a May Day dance in a topsy-turvy take on Old Norse alliteration…” Participants will examine form and structure as well as the poem’s compelling meditation on human presence in the natural world. Please read the book in preparation for the workshop.  

Intermediate level


The Poem Starts HERE!

6/16 - 7/21/15 - Tuesdays  -  10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (6 sessions)

Honoring William Stafford's dictum: "Writer's block?  Lower your standards!", in this workshop we'll put together a toolbox of exercises and strategies for jumping into the poem's first draft without hesitancy or over-thinking.  Revising these drafts toward finished poems to be shared in workshop will open up discussion on matters of craft and the often mysterious and unpredictable ways that language itself works to lead the making of the poem forward.  

Intermediate level



Reading as Apprenticeship

2/19-4/9/15 - Thursdays - 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.   (8 sessions)

"Learn about poetry from the poem," writes poet Edward Hirsch.  This workshop offers an oasis of sustained attentiveness to the intricacies of the poem, a "made thing," as each week we read, hear, and collectively uncover and reflect upon a varied selections of poems, ranging from those by Dickinson and Hopkins, to Merwin, Rukeyser, Wilner, and Levis.  Essays in poetics will also be added to the mix.  This is not a writing workshop per se, though the readings and coversations are guaranteed to widen the scope of your own writing.

Intermediate level

Further info can be found at The Writer's Center or by emailing Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli at


New Work in the Studio: Altered Poetry Book Collage


New Work in the Studio I - Monotypes







Early Book Arts and Letterpress Explorations......




("A man on his knees is building his house....", first line from a poem titled "A Man and His House" by MPW; 14" x 11")


Altered 19th c. Poetry Book Collages



Work Update: "Crossing Blue"

"Crossing Blue" - oil on canvas, 53" x 64", 2013