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Real and Imagined Places Poetry Writing Workshop with Kathleen Ellis

August 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am 12:00 pm

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

How does poetry allow us to break through thresholds and try out new forms and spaces? In this four-day, in-person workshop with poet Kathleen Ellis, we will explore old and new places, both real and imagined, and widen our ability to pursue possibilities for change in both subject matter and form. Using the museum’s 75th anniversary year exhibitions as inspiration for exploring diverse poetic styles, we will generate new poems in a supportive Environment. Classes will meet at Gamble with time in the galleries as well to review works from the collection, admission to the museum is included for the poetry course. Poets & visual artists of all levels are welcome.

Kathleen Ellis’ new collection of poems, Body of Evidence, won the 2022 Grayson Books poetry award. Other recent collections are Outer-Body Travel and Narrow River to the North. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, such as The Café Review; A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis; and Enough!: Poems of Resistance and Protest. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, Ellis teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Maine, Orono and coordinates the annual POETS/SPEAK! event in Bangor. She has taught poetry writing workshops at the Farnsworth Art Museum since 1993.

Cost: $295; $275 for Farnsworth members.