Gail Fishman Gerwin of Morris Township, a renowned published poet, will give a reading, lead a discussion, and present a writing workshop on the narrative-poetry process for members and prospective members of National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section. The event, which is free of charge, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at noon at noon at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea Company, 46 South Park Place in Morristown. (Snow date isThursday, Jan. 19.)
Called "Penning the Past in Poetry," Gerwin's presentation will focus on transforming people's memories into poetry. Workshop participants are urged to bring a photograph that has special meaning for them. The workshop leader will be able to prompt without photos as well.
Gerwin has written several plays as well as fiction, essays, and journalistic features. These and her poetry and poetry-book reviews are published in literary journals and magazines, including "Lips, U.S. 1 Worksheets," "Caduceus, Poetry Center at Smith College," "The Gallatin Review, Adanna, Journal of New Jersey Poets," and "The American Voice in Poetry: The Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg." She is an associate editor of Tiferet, a journal of spiritual literature.
In a blurb on the cover of Gerwin's book, "Sugar and Sand," Rabbi David Nesson, spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael, writes: "Gerwin invites readers to travel with her while exploring her transformative moments. We see our pasts and presents reflected through her eyes. The book evokes deeply felt emotions and questions about our own journeys; her experiences and keen senses become signposts for our life explorations."
The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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