Spring Doings

I’m working on another Dispatch from a Distance for Best American Poetry on animal tracking which, as usual for these ditties, is covering more ground than the subject alone. I’m thinking about how I learn as much as I am about what I learn. That all may be revised out of the post – that writing itself a learning process – but it’s engaging me at the moment. Which leads me to mention how interested I am in writing and thinking and walking and learning as intertwined activities and also that I am leading two writing workshops this Spring. One is for my new venture, The Writers Sanctuary. That Spring session has just one spot left and happens mainly by word of mouth. Reach out to me if you’d like to know more. The other workshop is through Writing Workshops Dallas and just opened up for registration.

8-Week Online Short Form: Writing Flash Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Starts April 19th, 2021

Here, a photo for Spring:

Write Our Way Through

Friends, Join me online for this 8 week online writing course. I ran this last fall and it did wonders for all of us in the workshop to have such a generative space in the middle of the chaos. Gonna do it again:

8-Week Online Short Form: Writing Flash Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Starts February 15, 2021
[2 spots left]

This ONLINE flash writing workshop is built for writers at any point in their journey (beginner through advanced) who want to focus on creating a batch of short pieces in either fiction or creative nonfiction – or both! There is an amazing abundance of short writing being published in print and online. This course is designed to take part in this conversation.

Not only will we read, discuss, write, and revise short works, but we will also consider possibilities for publishing this writing. Each participant will have the opportunity to workshop twice. This critique will be grounded on the principles of honesty, generosity, consideration, and respect. Participants will find their own writing and revising get sharper as they hone their skills at responding constructively to others’ work.

You can find more information and sign up at the link.


Now. In person. Don’t wait. Don’t mail at this point (10/27). Double check everything. Be prepared to wait. To look for your polling place. Tell your friends and family even if you think they know. Thanks! See you on the other side….

Hello from a Distance

I’ve begun putting together my thoughts on walking in the woods as a way to walk through this particular time on the planet. Best American Poetry is publishing them on their blog. There are photos, too!
And if you’re so moved, please tell me what’s helping you to get through these days, weeks, months…
vernal pool

A Thread

A quick and incomplete thread of things in the Cara Benson writing world for the year just past as this new year is upon us. It’s a brief, slightly annotated list, with pics and links.

A church, two kitties, and a podium walk into a thread…

In March, a fine place to start, I facilitated a panel at AWP called Listening to the Art. I was inspired to propose the panel based on the response I got to a post I’d written for Grub Street. Here’s a pic of the panel – we had fun!


As a result of that panel, HocTok reached out for an interview wherein I answered questions that made me squeamish, like what is my definition of happiness. Yeesh.

University of Rochester Decarceration Research Initiative commissioned a poem and that went live in May. The premise of the project was to use photos of the sky taken within close proximity to a number of correctional facilities in Western New York as prompts. The resultant art is intended to focus attention on the rampant carceral state the US has become.

In July The Brooklyn Rail published an excerpt of my novel in progress WHAT WOULD EMMA GOLDMAN DO?. The piece includes a political protest, an uninsured doctor visit, my beloved Jon, and Max Weber. That same month I read from a part of the excerpt at @KGBBarRedRm IN THE VERY ROOM EMMA HAD MEETINGS of her secret society of anarchists.

Somewhere in there I bought a church to live and write in. My writing sanctuary. There will be workshops and readings, too, at some point.

church sunset

Here’s the sanctuary workshop table.

workshop table

In late fall, I signed with @AEAkinwumi of Willenfield Literary Agency so that EMMA will get out into the world. Akin was up til 1 AM reading the ms.!! I’m working on edits now and definitely in the third trimester…

Then the always interesting Hobart pubbed a short of mine. Libraries, drinking water, internet. The usual suspects.

And now I’m juggling these two cuties while finishing up those revisions on the novel.

two cuties