TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The poetry manuscript “How To Read Signs” by Karen Terrey has been chosen as one of the finalists in the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, sponsored by Bull City Press.
“This is The Frost Place’s first award of this kind,” said Maudelle Driskell, executive director, “and, we were very fortunate to have such a high quality of work from which to choose. The entries were submitted online with the author’s name removed, so the work stood on its own. ‘How To Read Signs’ by Karen Terrey was selected as a finalist from 190 submissions.”
“These poems began as an inquiry into the neighborhood I lived in — Lake Tahoe,” Terrey said. “One thing I’m curious about is how people interrelate within the larger scale of place. I’m trying to ask questions about the mystery I experience around me. I find a lot of my inspiration in nature, and I am always revising.”
Karen Terrey teaches writing at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra College. She offers writing workshops and coaching in Truckee through her business Tangled Roots Writing. Her poems have been published in various places including Moonshine Ink, Sierra Nevada Review, Meadow, Puerto Del Sol, Rhino and Edge. A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she earned her MFA from Goddard College and is the recipient of a Sierra Arts Endowment Grant in 2009 and a John Woods Scholarship to the Prague Summer Program.
The Frost Place, a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts, is based at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, N.H., where Frost lived full-time from 1915 to 1920, and later spent 19 summers.
Karen Terrey is offering writing workshops this spring. A three-hour Write A Better Blog workshop on May 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m., will help you develop your blog purpose, build your audience, and polish memorable posts with fresh energy. The workshop costs $40.
For writers working on a specific project, whether a novel, memoir, collection of short stories, essays, or screenplay, she offers a monthly Feedback Workshop: Shaping and Revising your Project to develop drafts through feedback while providing techniques for revising the project, supportive reading materials, tips on publishing, and project management. This workshop costs $55 per session. Upcoming dates are: Thursday, May 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.