The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce two new titles from Eyewear Publishing, Skurtu, Romania, and The Amoeba Game from poet and former CWW Board Member Tara Skurtu. In Skurtu, Romania, Tara Skurtu lands physically and emotionally in the country of her family’s forgotten history, and she familiarizes herself in this foreign place through the dynamic of an alienating love story. Tara Skurtu’s poems have the logic of memory, the vivid spontaneity of dreams, and the precision of calculus – each line is, in a sense, an asymptote continually approaching the limits of language and love. This poetry holds a lens over every moment, alters the perception of home, invites the reader in as both foreigner and guest.
Tara Skurtu received a 2015-17 extended Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Her poems are published and translated internationally, and recent work appears in The Kenyon Review, Plume, Poetry Review, and Poetry Wales. Tara is the author of the chapbookSkurtu, Romania (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear, 2017). She lives in Romania, and is a former member of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s Executive Board.
The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is excited to introduce our new Grant Writing and Programming intern, AM Ringwalt! AM is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied creative writing under Chris Dombrowski. She is currently a senior at Emerson College, where she studies poetry and philosophy.
In 2013, Ringwalt was named a YoungArts Finalist and a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semi-Finalist for her short story Babies. Recent publications include poems in The Grief Diaries, Rogue Agent, and Talking River. Currently, she is at work on a full-length poetry manuscript and pursuing publication of her novella, Nando.
Also a folk musician, Ringwalt’s performances include a celebrity-judged talent show (via Rookie magazine) in Brooklyn and a Gala hosted by YoungArts in Miami honoring Robert Wilson. Bluer Flame, a series of songs recorded on her iPhone and processed through her partner’s tape deck, can be found on her Bandcamp page later this summer.
Before joining us at the CWW, Ringwalt spent time in Dublin, where she interned at the Irish Writers’ Centre and explored “thin places” by way of Beckett, Yeats and a weekend adventure in Connemara.