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Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • My Favorite Resources for Grants, Fellowships & Other Opportunities for Artists & Writers
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on September 8, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for attending my presentation on Grants & Other Funding Opportunities for Writers & Artists. I hope it was helpful. I’d love to hear about your experiences — and hopefully, your successes — as you navigate these waters.  As promised here are my favorite resources that I check periodically for creative opportunities. I will update this page when I discover new lists or programs that impress me. So please check back regularly. By the way, this is a “hidden” page, in that it isn’t referenced within this website’s menu or structure. I share it only with clients and workshop attendees. So please be sure to save (bookmark) the page address in your browser. I also post interesting opportunities for artists and writers on Facebook (Sally Wiener Grotta) and Twitter (@SallyWGrotta). Many of those that I post on social media won’t appear on this page, because they’re individual programs that may or may not be repeated annually.  Don’t forget to check your […]

  • My Chicon/Worldcon Speaking Schedule
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 15, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Sally Wiener Grotta's speaking schedule for the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago (Worldcon or Chicon 8)

  • Video: Samuel Delany Chats with Sally Wiener Grotta About Why He Says “Black” with a Capital “B” is Racist
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on July 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Samuel Delany talks with Sally Wiener Grotta about the history of how the word "black" replaced "Negro" and "colored," & why he says that spelling "black" w a capital B is racist. Includes anecdotes about W.E.B DuBois, the Delany sisters (Chip's renowned activist aunts), Ursula K. LeGuin, Mercedes Lackey, and more.

  • The Stranger in a Wheelchair at the Intersection of Fairmont and Pennsylvania
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 27, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Walking past a homeless person who may or may not need medical attention, I couldn't do nothing, but my options were limited. What would you have done?

  • Judaic Incunabula: An Evening’s Encounter With Survivors From My Distant Past
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 23, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I recently spent an evening of wonder and reflection in the company of several rare printed books in Hebrew from the 15th century. Each was a personality and story, bound by hand and laden with transmitted memory. (A personal essay)

  • My Five Minutes of Bloomsday Fame, or Meet My New Raucous Friend, James Joyce
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on June 21, 2022 at 1:29 am

    While preparing to be a reader at Philadelphia's Bloomsday 2022 celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," I discovered the raucous joy of Joyce's dialog and characters. "Ulysses" may be a literary masterpiece, but it's more suited for reading aloud with friends than the hushed atmosphere of a college library.

  • Gawd, I’ve Missed Hugs!
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on February 18, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    As the current covid surge retreats, personal choices are becoming messier and more complex, as I try to balance facts and logic with emotions, needs and moral obligations. And when will hugs be the norm again?

  • New Year’s Musings: What is the Measure of Time?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 3, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Time is woven into the fabric of the universe, but calendars are human constructs, our attempt to exert a sense of control over nature. So what is New Year's Eve? What is January 1st? For that matter, what is June 12th or 5:18 PM? Why do these abstract concepts define our lives?

  • The Measure of Time (a poem)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Every year, I become intrigued by the concept of a "new" year, of a calendar that we as humans have imposed on nature, on the ongoing circling of planets and stars. Where is the beginning and end in a circle? Here's my new year's poem for 2022. It's about calendars and mercury and human touch.

  • A New Year’s Meditation on the Proper Use of a Rearview Mirror
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 28, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    As we move forward into the year 2022, with the unrelenting rollercoaster of crises that was 2020 and 2021 are at our backs, unbidden thoughts about a rearview mirror and of Janus (the god often used to represent the new year) help me begin to form a plan on how I can welcome and even embrace whatever adventures the new year may bring.