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VIRTUAL: Conversations with the Masters: What Good Poems Teach Us about Writing and Life

In this writing workshop we will look at “good poems” to see what they can show us about poetic craft.  We will examine how they have explored the everyday elements of our lives as well as major themes and events to give us guidance, comfort, pleasure and delights of the imagination.  We’ll look at the work of a number of different poets, discuss these poets and their poems, and turn our attention to writing our own poems in response.  Assignments will be given in each class, and the following day participants’ writing will be discussed, should they choose to share.  All levels of experience (or inexperience) welcome.

Date: Monday-Friday, April 26-30
Each day/Monday-Friday – Morning Session: 9-Noon MST (3 hours)
 
Late Afternoon Special Sessions 
Tuesday: 5:00-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)
Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)
Friday: 5:00-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)

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  • Anita Skeen
    Anita Skeen

    Anita Skeen is currently Professor Emerita in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University where she is the Founding Director of The Center for Poetry. and currently the Series Editor for Wheelbarrow Books. She taught students in kindergarten through high school while working with the Kansas Arts Commission’s Artist in the Schools Program; in traditional venues such as college classrooms as a Visiting Writer and Writer in Residence; and in senior citizens’ centers, libraries, and at Ghost Ranch. She has been the Coordinator of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 41 years, and the Fall Writing Festival for 23 years.

    Anita is the author of six volumes of poetry: Each Hand A Map (1986); Portraits (1990); Outside the Fold, Outside the Frame (1999); The Resurrection of the Animals (2002); Never the Whole Story (2011); When We Say Shelter (2007), with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor; and The Unauthorized Audubon (2014), a collection of poems about imaginary birds accompanied by the linocuts of anthropologist/visual artist Laura B. DeLind.. With Taylor, she co-edited the literary anthology Once Upon A Place: Writings from Ghost Ranch (2008). Her poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.

Date

Apr 26 - 30 2021

Cost

$200.00

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