Danielle Woerner: Creating on the Page
Writing, Songwriting & Visual Arts
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Danielle’s writing career, like her singing, is multi-faceted, and has earned her recognition for her creative, journalistic and public relations wordcraft. New developments in 2021 and beyond have added visual arts and design to the picture:
Latest creative news: updated December 2022
- A collection of Danielle's haiku, senryu, tanka and haiga, illustrated with her own photographs and designed by her, was published in July 2021 as a chapbook titled, I Never Promised You a Cherry Orchard: Japanese Short-Form Poetry...with a Twist, under the imprint Sunrise Song Press. Available on Amazon and in Danielle's Etsy shop, SunriseSongStudio.
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A line of scenic-Maine art greeting cards, photos with embedded poetry called "Haiga Greetings: Art Cards with a Whisper of Haiku," are also available in her Etsy shop, and in season at craft fairs and shops. The first series of 5 cards, out in June 2021, is called Downeast-Acadia Seasons 1. In 2022, one of the photos in these cards was awarded Second Prize in the Downeast Salmon Federation's annual photo contest.
Summer 2021 art exhibit: Two of Danielle's framed photo-haiga were included in the annual 44 Degrees North Art Show at the Schooner Gallery on Main Street in Milbridge, ME.
More recent and forthcoming poetry and fiction:
- Since August 2020, her haiku and senryu have appeared in each number of Eastern Structures, the premier international journal of English-language poetry in traditional Asian forms--starting with Issue No. 14, and including Nos. 15 through 23 as of December 2022.
- A set of 3 of her haiku were included in the Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, which features poems, essays and short stories celebrating the writers' shared land and sea. Published in 2017 by Resolute Bear Press in Robbinston, ME, the book received accolades all over the literary world, and in The Boston Globe, too.
- She has two novels in progress, one based on her grandmother's life in 19th/20th century Philadelphia. The other, which drawns in part on her experiences as a young professional singer in Manhattan, spans multiple historical and quantum timelines.
Other publications and recognition:
- Her poetry has been published in the Hudson Valley arts and culture monthly, Chronogram.
- She's continuing to expand a series of performance slam poems based on familiar folk and fairy tales, called Grimm's for Grownups.
- Danielle is a BMI-affiliated songwriter, whose songs draw on folk, classical art song, musical theater and jazz traditions, forging an independent style all her own.
Journalism & PR:
- Danielle’s feature articles and op-eds have appeared on the pages of national/international magazines, including her My Turn piece in Newsweek and Newsweek International about family history and the atom, and music articles Classical Singer, and New Music Connoisseur.
- In the regional press, while based in New York State she was a regular contributing feature writer/reviewer for Hudson Valley Magazine and The Woodstock Times/Ulster Publishing. This was followed by her work in Maine from 2016-17 with the weekly Machias Valley News Observer, and from 2018-20 with the Coastal Chronicle.
- Awards: The National Federation of Press Woman (NFPW) chose for recognition ALL of the 2016 articles Danielle submitted from her freelance writing for the Machias Valley (ME) News Observer. These included news stories, personality profiles, eco- and arts features, and local columns. All received 2nd or 3rd place or Honorable Mention in the National At-Large category.
- Her expository skills were honed during the 1980s, as one of New York City’s most respected classical-music publicists and concert presenters. She ran a firm called Woerner/Bobrick Associates with her former husband, historian Benson Bobrick, while simultaneously developing her professional singing career. W/BA presented a great deal of new musical work on the New York and national scenes, and Danielle’s descriptions of the music and the events helped distinguish them in the media’s and the public’s eye.
- She then became a top publicist for the CBS television network’s Entertainment Division, and finally, Bard College’s Director of Public Relations from 1990-93, before going into her musical, teaching and other creative work full-time.
- In 2021, Danielle began editing the Second Edition of T.A. McLaughlin's acclaimed, magical science fiction/fantasy series The Love of the Tayamni. Volume 1 was completed and published in 2021, and the later volumes are happy collaborations in progress now!
Supporting Others' Writing:
- Book Festival: In fall 2017, through the Sunrise County Arts Institute she co-directs on the Maine coast, Danielle organized the First Annual Milbridge Lit-Fest. Events led by various presenters focused on self-publishing, being a NaNoWriMo Winner in the month of November, Japanese Short-Form Poetry, and a reading/signing of the Three Nations Anthology just after its publication. SCAI plans to resume the festival, to be called the DownEast-Acadia BookFest, in 2022 or 2023.
- Retreats for "Writers from Away" at SCAI's scenic Center are available, in November for NaNoWriMo, and at other times throughout the year.
Formal Higher Education:
- Danielle, who began her college career at Barnard, completed her B.A. in Music at Bard College in 1993, while serving as the college's P.R. Director.
- In 2012 she received her Master's Certificate in Songwriting, with Celebrity Scholarship honors, from Berklee College of Music's online Berkleemusic program.
- She was awarded top honors at the Université d'Aix-Marseille's summer program for foreign students in French language and literature.