Classes / Workshops

For more information regarding workshops and presentations:
e-mail: mankh (a) allbook-books.com
ph# (631) 716-1385 -- 10a.m. - 7p.m. Eastern Time
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The States We’re In: What’s In A Place Name?
More than half of the United States are named from Native words and places yet rarely are the actual Native Peoples and their traditions acknowledged. This presentation will bridge the gap between name and Peoples, place and respect for the environment aka Mother Earth, revealing how geopolitics and resource extractions have mis-shaped the sacred land, air, and waters. Other state names reflect the colonial royalty mindset and foreign religion, and it is this dynamic tension that is still playing out in our everyday lives. Monuments and signs also perpetuate misperceptions, while sports team names allow centuries of racism to linger. How united are the United States and what can be done to heal the long-standing divisions? Suggested reading and actions are also part of this wide-ranging, informative, and stirring presentation. Also info about Long Island.

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is the author-editor of seventeen books, a small press publisher, and Turtle Islander. He is resident poet and essay contributor at www.axisoflogic.com. His modern epic poem, “Singing an Epic of Peace” includes the origins of the fifty States’ names. His small press, Allbook Books, started in 2002 encouraging  one-world consciousness and respect for various cultures, lifestyles and spiritual traditions

Writing Tools for Discovering Your Voices and Unlocking Creativity
Each of us has a storehouse of inner voices, memories, imagination, subconscious perceptions and feelings. With a mix of routine and learning to be guided by Spirit – what artists call the Muse – the craft of writing can access hidden aspects of the psyche. Whether your writings serve as therapy, literary excellence, or both, it is all part of the process of discovering your voices. With techniques such as free-association, note-taking, meditation and studying craft, a key to writing is ‘to get out of your own way’ so that the creative juices can flow through you in an enjoyable fashion. Whether telling your life’s stories or being a voice for the voiceless, this workshop will help to you to tap into your creative writing process. For beginner to advanced.

Facilitated by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III). He is a writer, editor, and small press publisher – author-editor of 16 books including Modern Muses: How Artists Become Inspired, ~70 essays, and umpteen poems and haiku. Mankh is resident poet and essay contributor at axisoflogic.com he hosts a podcast Between The Lines and his blog is Scribe Vibe. His mystical path helps feed his writings.

The Meditative Hobby of Brushtroke Calligraphy
The ancient technique of East Asian brush calligraphy has been considered
part art form and part meditation. In this basic presentation you will learn how to grind ink, hold a brush, and apply basic brushstrokes, as well  as how to respect the "five treasures" - brush, ink stick, ink stone, paper, and water. Plus, get a glimpse of ancient Chinese picture-writing and  modern variants. Learn the ancient Chinese pictographs for the 4 seasons and how they can help you align with the energy of each season. If you would like a more in-depth experience you are welcome to bring your own brush calligraphy kit. And art supplies provided.

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is a self-taught calligrapher. He has led workshops on all of the above at North Shore Library, Deer Park Library, Bellport Library, Smithtown Library, Middle Country Public Library,  Sachem Library, Emma Clark Library, Mattituck-Laurel Library, East End Arts Council, Mills Pond House, and other venues.

The Sanskrit root for Tantra gives the image of a loom, showing how we are all connected in the great fabric of life. Most people associate Tantra with sexuality because that is the most intimate and direct form, however Tantra in its fuller sense is about how we are affected by and affect other people and energies, how we 'rub off' on each other, and sometimes lose ourselves or find ourselves. Tantra is also a self-discipline, a way that people can emulate heroes, gods, and goddesses. Native traditions have long respected those who do not fit the dominate society’s archetypes of male and female; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender-variant individuals, and other labels, experience different levels of Tantra. By being conscious of such Tantras you can also help heal from traumas that have severely 'rubbed you the wrong way' and thus learn to become your true self. Mankh also draws on his 35 years of experiences.

Sanskrit tantram, "loom, warp, weave” -
tan "stretch, extend, expand", and suffix tra "instrument, technique, that which liberates"
– loosely defined as: 'stretching your consciousness so as to liberate from limited experiences/perceptions/etc., and learning how to consciously be 'played' by various energies'.

Eastern Serenity Meets Western Activity
also called
Finding Your Rhythm with Eastern Philosophies

A Cultural, Philosophical and Artistic presentation about what happens when East and West meet. Find ways to balance your daily rhythms.

From the East, The Way of Tao advises "going and pausing" on one's life-path. In the West, however, we are often told to "keep going and  going and..." Yet, Native Peoples’ ways of the ‘true West’ are akin to those of the East.

Through Zen stories, music, poetry, current events, discussion, and more, this presentation will share ways to help learn about and balance East and  West within.

To read Mankh’s  essay on the topic: “East and West, More or Less”

HAIKU: Being in the Moment: Flowing with the Seasons

          must be good friends,
          three sparrows gathering
          on a lilac branch

           - Mankh

Though its roots go back at least 2600 years, haiku began to flourish in 17th  century Japan. Akin to Zen Buddhist and Taoist philosophy (and other Asian arts), haiku poetry encourages attention to the present  moment as well as keeping connected with the pathway of seasons. A  wonderful way to align with nature, enhance one's mindfulness (as well as Zen mindlessness), and hone your verbal skills (being so short, haiku require great precision!).

Learn about haiku as a way of life,  literary genre and creative hobby. Workshop topics include: a brief history of the shortest poetic form; traditional guidelines and modern adaptations; the Asian culture, philosophy, and meditative-ness behind the poem; how to write haiku AND apply the haiku-essence to longer  poems. For beginner to advanced.

Mankh authored/edited Haiku One Breaths, a how-to write haiku, plus anthology, & edits and publishes Haiku Calendar. His haiku and essays have also been published in Frogpond, at simplyhaiku.com, and elsewhere.

How To Research, Write, and Publish
Get tips for researching via the internet, library, or people, plus how to integrate the research with your particular project as well as the creative process in general. Complete the equation by exploring various  approaches for getting your work published. The overall process is a mix of clerical work and creativity.

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) has twelve-plus years of experience designing,  editing, and helping produce nearly 70 books. He is resident poet and essay contributor at axisoflogic.com, and his writings have been published elsewhere both online and in print: Long Island Pulse,  Newsday.com, Creations Magazine, Outlook Long Island, The Long-Islander, PoetryBay.com; Book/Mark: A Quarterly Small Press Review, counterpunch.com, Starting From Paumanok... The Newsletter of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Performance Poets Association Literary Review, Frogpond, simplyhaiku.com, various local anthologies, and more.

Website © 2018 Walter E. Harris III.