- Willa's new poetry collection Rending the Garment (Please click here for more details and readings.) was released this May through Box Turtle Press, NYC, will be the #8 title in the Mudfish Individual Poet Series.
- Save the Date: Nov. 23rd WRITING THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE, 1:00-5:00pm
Ticket Info: General Public: $60; OJMCHE Members: $45
No person will be turned away for inability to pay. Click here for more information and to register.
Participants will explore in our own words what we consider the Jewish experience. In this generative workshop, works by Allen Ginsberg, Yehuda Amichai, Adrienne Rich, Grace Paley, Sabena Stark, Yuvi Zalkow, and others, will be considered as motivations for expressing our deeply held sense of Jewish identity -- what it means to be Jewish and to write as a Jew.
For those who choose, we will share what we have written at an accompanying OJMCHE event, Reading the Jewish Experience, Monday, December 8, at 7:30. I will also read from my new collection Rending the Garment.
Members: free. General Public: $5
- Also, on Sept. 14, 2014, Garrison Keillor read Willa’s poem “Biscuits” on the Writer’s Almanac. If it is not broadcast in your area you can listen to Garrison on the Writer’s Almanac website.
- Willa was Glyph's Featured Writer for the month of June. Beginning on First Thursday, Glyph's shadowbox cafe tables will feature Willa's ephemera, memorabilia and poems relating to Rending the Garment. Click here for more information.
- Willa's poem "To Inhabit the Body" is in the Winter issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women's voices & visions .
- Willa received a Professional Development Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to attend the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, July 12 -15, Green Gulch Farm, Marin, CA.
- Below is the opening from Katherine Bielewa Stamper's article Little Details: Anatomy of a Poem about Willa's poem "Biscuits:"
"I first encountered this poem while driving along I89 towards Burlington. It was 8:35 on some weekday morning and I was listening to Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac on Vermont Public Radio. So taken by the poem, I pulled over when it was safe to jot down the name of the poem and its author. Poetry can truly move us, if we open our ears to just listen." Click here to read the entire article.
- Willa is a contributor to Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest to be published this April through Ooligan Press. Check out her guest blog poet From the Enchanted Tower to Publishing's Rutted Road on Ooligan's website.
- Capturing the Essence of Things: A conversation with Willa Schneberg
Willa's art is where truth and beauty intersect. The subjects she chooses are often painful or horrifying. But she chooses details that bring out the beauty in those subjects. Not in a way that romanticizes them or downplays the sadness. The beauty and the sadness exist side-by-side.
S.H. Aeschliman interviews local poet, ceramic artist and photographer Willa Schneberg. They talk writing, loss and defying conventions, while wandering through Willa's exhibit "The Books of Esther" at the Oregon Jewish Museum.
Read the full interview here.
- Check out the article in Sept. 2012 Oregon Jewish Life about Willa and "The Books of Esther".