New Work in the Studio — August, 2015



Poetry Publication Update: July, 2015


(MPW/ink drawing on page from discarded book; 7/15) 

With gratitude to the journals and poetry editors who have accepted these poems for publication:

"The Amish Girls; 1952" and "First Lesson from Grace: At Twelve" appear in the Spring, 2015 issue of Watershed Review.

"At the Kitchen Table" appears in Raleigh Review Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring, 2015).  An audio file can be found here.

"Journey with Catullus — November, 2000" and "Praise Enough" are featured online at ArLiJo, Vol. 78

"First Gift", "Dreaming the Never Born", and "Secrets", and a brief Q&A section are included in issue 73 of Prime Number Magazine.  



Upcoming Poetry Workshops (2) - The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

The Poem Starts HERE!

9/29 - 11/3/15 - 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

10/1-11/19/15 - 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 pavlicekmarie@hotmail.com.


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