Showing posts from October, 2010

Writing Prompt Megamonth

Happy Halloween from the Olivetree! So, as Jess noted recently, November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, wherein people take on the unbelievable challenge of writing a novel beginning to end in a month flat. If I had the time, I would have loved to give this a go, but alas. Instead, we here at the Olivetree decided we'd try our own smaller-scale writing feat. Ta-da! Prompt Month!

We invite you to join us in doing a free-write a day. If you haven't been around during one of these sessions with us, what we do is we get together and someone throws out a word, phrase, quote, anything for inspiration, we allot a short amount of time, anywhere from 5 minutes to 20, and we write. Uninhibited. Without a plan. We just write. The goal is to get something out without forcing it and based on a single idea. It's always fun to see where each person's mind goes from a common starting concept. Whatever you like, you can edit and polish later. We're also open to grou…

Upcoming Events & Readings

Ahoy, there! It's your friendly neighborhood Jess back with some more items of interest and intrigue!
Thursday, November 4, 7:00pm A Nuyorican State of Mind: The Life & Writing of Pedro Pietri with Sam Diaz, David Henderson, Bob Holman, Marilyn Kiss, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Nancy Mercado, Myrna Nieves & Dan Shot Poets and friends gather to honor the life and work of Pedro Pietri (1944– 2004), a seminal Nuyorican poet and playwright, whose subversive, irreverent writings include Puerto Rican Obituary, Invisible Poetry, Traffic Violations and The Masses Are Asses.$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House MembersPoets House's website.
Thursday, November 11th, 7:00 p.m.Fiction Reading: Junot DíazJunot Díaz joined the NYU Creative Writing Program faculty in fall 2010. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.Note venue: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street, Theater 101

Open Mic Night, November 17th: Children's Literature

It's official! The Olivetree's semi-annual open mic is around the corner. Join us on November 17th for a night of reading, sharing, and listening. Sign up to perform (poetry or any other type of performance welcome) by email at or in person at the event itself.

This year's theme is children's literature. Let's face it. Being an adult can suck, especially now. So come recapture your youth! Kick back on a couch, drink some chocolate milk, stuff your face with cupcakes, and enjoy some poetry. The material you read doesn't have to be about childhood but feel free to use it as an inspiration.

And in true OTR form, Halloween ain't over on the 31st. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Dress up as your favorite children's lit character, put on your favorite birthday party dress, or get your Hogwarts garb on, whatever floats your boat. Fun times guaranteed.

Doors open at 7. Reading will begin around 7:30 and continue til 10 with one interm…

Fall 2010, Part II, or: Ch-Ch-Changes

Hello, all!

So much has happened since the last post!  A few things:

Changes to the Blog.Ch-ch-changes!  We've got a few new spiffy things coming to the site for your interactive pleasure (not the naughty kind, mind you!), some of which have already been added.  Firstly, you may notice to your right, atop the sidebar, we have a new landing page icon (in addition to general font and color changes).  This will lead you to our new "About" page, which informs those new to the site about who we are, what we do and what you can do to become involved with us!

From there, you can choose to either go back to the blog, or be redirected to some of our other upcoming pages: one that further describes and explains each of the Departments within our publication, as well as another page where you can "meet" the Fall 2010 Senior Staff and includes individual photographs and biographies!

Also new to the site:  PDFs for both the Art and Literature Submission Contracts.  These can…