THE ART OF SOULFUL MEMOIR: WHERE YOUR OUTER LIFE MEETS YOUR INNER WORLD A FOUR WEEK CLASS WITH ROGER HOUSDEN Author of the Ten Poems Series and Saved By Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran Soulful memoir uses the raw material of your life to reveal the deeper intelligence of your life’s journey. In this class you will weave into words as truthfully as possible the ongoing thread of your lives. Please bring work you want to develop, and whether or not you have prior material, come ready to develop some during the class. WHEN: FOUR TUESDAYS IN JULY: JULY 5, 12, 19, 26. WHERE: 8. Eden Lane, Larkspur COST: $180.00. $50 DEPOSIT to Roger Housden at address above. FURTHER INFO: CALL ROGER ON 415 924 6061. CLASS LIMITED TO EIGHT PARTICIPANTS
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Roger Housden, Author of Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran Monday, June 6, 2011 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We invite you to step out and into the “creative pause,” a chance to relax and listen in on the secrets of writing, travel, discovery, beauty and engaging the heart with one of our favorite philosopher-writers: Roger Housden. Roger Housden is the author of some twenty books, including the best-selling Ten Poems Series. All his books, whatever the subject – poetry, art, a journey through Iran or India – share a common aim: to inspire himself and others to question the way we live, encouraging us, before we die, to live into the best that we are. One of his recent works, Seven Sins For a Life Worth Living, is an unusual reflection on the nature of pleasure, including the pleasure of doing nothing – “the creative pause” – and the pleasure of not being perfect. His book on Iran, Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran, has been called “a pilgrimage, a prayer, a heartfelt reminder, a poet-traveler’s window into the eternal soul of Iran …” (Jack Kornfield, best-selling author of A Path With Heart and After the Ecstasy, The Laundry). Roger’s work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, in The New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times. He now lives in Marin County and runs periodic classes on Spiritual Memoir in the Bay Area. “I grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. Living in the shadow of an ancient stone circle, I always felt us to be creatures with one foot in this world and one in another, less visible one. To weave these two realms – this gritty world of action and the world of silence, imagination, and being – into one cloth, rich with meaning, is what I feel we are here for. Poetry, art, meditation and also travel have given me a language for this experience of a life deeply felt, and also an entry directly into it.” —Roger Housden, Author of Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran If you want to bring a friend to this event, just let us know and we will be happy to add them to the guest list.
Such a simple idea – have an evening of spoken word, poetry and readings in the Bay Area, and send the money raised to those in need. A village in India can then have clean water for the first time and prevent three or four children a month dying from water borne diseases. There are thousands of villages throughout India without clean running water. All it takes to change that is $8,000 -10,000 per village. That sum pays for a well with simple hand pump, a rainwater collection tank, and eco-sanitation toilets. The groundwork is done by a UK charity, Wherever The Need, which also has non-profit status in the US. Poetry for Water with Anne Lamott, Roger Housden, Nina Wise
Roger Housden has a new book out. And as we are huge fans of his collections, we want to mention it here. It’s a new anthology of 99 poems with his commentary. It’s available in November. Perfect for the holiday season.