Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibits, Rockland’s waterfront, and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s historic birthplace as sources for writing. This year’s focus will be on Frank Benson’s Impressionist art of North Haven Island and the island-themed work of Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent. Experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms will be used to jumpstart new poems. The workshop will also include activities with charts and aerial photographs as well as daily group critiques.
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! 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