Fall 2023 Online Series

We are excited to announce the first three events of our fall 2023 online series. All events are offered free of charge, are open to all, and will take place on Zoom. Register to attend one or more of the events (or paste this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/GmMJ6xPQjek69FzX9). Registered participants will receive a Zoom link one to two days before each event.

Poetry Reading and Workshop with Libby Falk Jones – Open to all writers

Part 1:

  • Friday, August 4
  • 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Part 2:

  • Friday, August 11
  • 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Former AEPL Chair Libby Falk Jones will share some poems from her new collection, For Your Good Health, Drink Flowers (Bass Clef Books, 2023)* as invitations for you to explore family relationships, landscapes, and language. Your writing may take any form—poetry or prose. Attend either or both sessions. 

AEPL Conversation Circle: Autoethnography as Resistance in the Academy

  • Friday, September 15
  • 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Join AEPL board members Liz DeBetta, PhD and RAsheda Young, PhD candidate, for a conversation about Liz’s new book, Adult Adoptees and Writing to Heal: Migrating Toward Wholeness, and how autoethnography can be used to disrupt the canon and provide opportunities for critical writing that is humanizing, reflective, and grounded in theory. 

The purpose of Conversation Circle is to give all members the chance to share their publications or works in progress with their colleagues. Let us know if you’d like to be next!

*Praise for Libby Falk Jones’s For Your Good Health, Drink Flowers:

“Season your milkshake with anemones/bubbling from a silver faucet,” Libby Falk Jones advises in For Your Good Health, Drink Flowers, and we know we are in the presence of a poet alert to the natural world, serene at the shimmering edge of the surreal—secure in her poetic vision. These are earthly, embodied poems, imbued with the energy of a woman in motion—traveling, hiking, pocketing stones so alive they feel like her “own mortality jingling.” “This is how I want to die,” she declares in the collection’s penultimate poem, “grounded, held//by a body, . . . feeling flesh . . .[the] weight of earth—//we matter.” Her poetry renders the visceral joy and sorrow of familial love alongside vivid experiences of aloneness. Distilled from a lifetime of close observation, the poems in this capacious collection embrace stillness and motion, relationship and solitude, declaring the necessary sustenance in each.
—Leatha Kendrick, author of And Luckier 

Libby Falk Jones’s latest collection is a compendium of wonder. Wonder of snow geese in flight looking down on the viewer as an exploded milkweed, wonder in the taste of mulberries that are a “sunset in the mouth,“ wonder in mountain shadows of Death Valley that reflect a “riotous impermanence.” It is also a testament of the heart in which the human voice can attend to what it means to be human. As a bonus, it is a glossary of poetic forms masterfully embodied in ghazals and pantoums, cinquains, and deft villanelles as well as more familiar haikus and sonnets, a demo of the ways an accomplished poet catches the world in all its shimmering immediacy. This is a read that awards all of us ample dividends.
—Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate 1999–2001

Please join us! 

Announcing the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning Symposia Archive

Paid AEPL members and honorary scholars may now access archived materials and recordings from AEPL's online symposia by going to the AEPL Symposia Archive website and entering the password they should have received. If you not have received this password, please contact membership director Jonathan Marine at jonathanmmarine@gmail.com with your payment receipt or confirmation of your honorary scholarship status.