Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s exhibits, Rockland waterfront, and historic Olson House as sources for writing. This year’s focus will be on Paul Caponigro’s landscape photography and the preliminary sketches for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems, and the workshop will also include activities with maps and photographs, as well as daily group critiques. On the last day of the workshop, instructor Kathleen Ellis will give a 1 p.m. public reading in the museum auditorium and workshop participants will be invited to read a selection of their poems written during the workshop.
Kathleen Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Narrow River to the North. She is the winner of the Southwest Review Poetry Award and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize. She lives in Orono, Maine where she teaches English and Honors at the University of Maine and coordinates POETS/SPEAK! each April for the Bangor Public Library.
Level: beginner to advanced writers
Materials: bring personal writing materials to class
Class size: limited to 12 students
Cost: $150 members, $180 nonmembers