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Feedback from writers and artists I’ve engaged with:

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Rosemary Starace as a fellow visual artist and writer, teacher, gallery director, supporter and initiator of local art projects, and friend. For the past several years we’ve shared work in a weekly writers group. Rosemary brings more than her trademark energy, wit and enthusiasm to the group. With utmost respect for the work, she uses her sharp mind to intuitively ask just the right question, sparking a conversation that often leads to a deeper understanding of the writer’s intent and meaning. She can take a word or phrase in a piece of writing and facilitate an exploration, so that what may be unclear in a poem, or essay, inevitably reveals itself. In this, as in her other endeavors, she has invaluable talent.”
—Florence Grende

“Not surprisingly, since she is a poet, Rosemary is particularly sensitive to the sounds, images, and rhythm of language, and though I write prose, I find her comments especially helpful and fresh. Her reflections are both honest and supportive, and I feel she’s fully involved in helping me tell the story I’m searching for.”
—Chris Erb

“I’ve been meeting weekly with Rosemary and two other writers for years and am now working with her on putting together for publication a manuscript of my poems. I very much appreciate her approach to a piece of writing. She is a careful and receptive listener. She wants to become acquainted with what appears on a page, to find the heart of the work, and only then to offer observations about what parts of the work may best serve that intention. Her work is smart, intuitive, careful, and appreciative of the nuances of meaning and sound that words convey. Working with her has been extremely enjoyable and useful.”
—Susan Hartung

“She changed my life.”
—Joel Schapira

“Rosemary’s own curiosity about and love of the creative process has time and time again reassured me, excited me, and pulled me out of my shell. Each time I consult with her I come away enriched and keen with renewed faith in my own creativity.”
—Boots Garrett

“As a teacher, Rosemary is a gift. She is infinitely patient and profoundly interested and present. She works with the student where the student is: she doesn’t force the student to come to her. She is the most respectful teacher I have ever met. She is definitely one of a kind. She has a great deal of personal and artistic integrity and conviction … a great gift to pass on to others.”
—S. Herkowitz

Sampling of feedback from four years of art/poetry workshops at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, Lenox, MA:
“Affirming in the most profound ways.”
“Very supportive in process of opening to one’s creative impulses.”
“She took us from one spot to the other with such ease and grace. She was calming, very positive and very enthusiastic.”
“Just what I wanted—an excellent class.”
“This was fabulous. Instructor is a gem. This was my most memorable experience here.”
“Rosemary’s class was the best evening of all.”
“Super! This lady is the very best of all the activities. Totally fun.”
“This is the highlight of my week, and very helpful.”
“Rosemary was terrific. She was very enthusiastic, very supportive…. She has tremendous knowledge and ability to teach and help develop the creative process from within.”