Engaging the Senses: A Poetry Workshop with Kathleen Ellis
April 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
In this one-day workshop with award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis, we will explore the relevance and urgency of poetry in times of political crisis and global catastrophe. After viewing the current exhibition of Katharine Cobey’s fiber sculptures and discussing works by contemporary poets, participants will generate four new poems that address how poetry engages the senses as an act of concern and resistance. Poets and visual artists of all skill levels are welcome.
Kathleen Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Outer-Body Travel. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. A recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod, her poems have recently appeared in 3 Nations Anthology, The Café Review, and A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis. Poems from her manuscript Dear Darwin, were set to music and released as a Parma Recordings CD, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy award. Ellis has coordinated poetry and science readings for the Maine Science Festival and the 350 International Day of Climate Action. She teaches English and Honors at the University of Maine, Orono.
Cost: $56; $48 museum members