“A poet writes the history of his [her] body.”—Henry David Thoreau, The Journal
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibitions and practicing acts of cultural dumpster-diving (both literally and figuratively) to trigger our creative juices. We will generate new poems that challenge who we are in our historical, cultural, and natural environments, using real-world references to address the paradoxical inevitability of modern life. There will be experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms, visits to exhibits (different from the Aug. 5-9 workshop), daily group critique, and revision sessions.
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 and has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. She lives in Orono, where she teaches English and Honors at the University of Maine and coordinates POETS/SPEAK! each April for the Bangor Public Library.
Class Size: limited to 12 students
Cost: $150 members, $180 nonmembers
Location: Gamble Education Center, upstairs classroom
Materials: bring personal writing materials to class