I'M THE ONE I'M NOT: WRITING THE PERSONA POEM WITH KEVIN CLARK

I'M THE ONE I'M NOT: WRITING THE PERSONA POEM WITH KEVIN CLARK

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Write what you know, they always say… And so, since childhood, most of us have written poems that are about what we know best─i.e., the Wonder of Me. After a while, however, we may have become a bit bored with the ever-present highway of our interior lives. Maybe a tree has fallen across the road and there’s no getting by. Maybe we don’t like writing about our experiences on Uncle Jake and Aunt June’s swan and mule farm, that home in which we grew up while our parents traveled the globe. Maybe we’ve always preferred the sound of someone else’s voice, anyone’s voice not our own?  What then? Writing persona poems about people we make up or people who actually exist (or once existed) can liberate us and juice up our imagination. While reading persona poems by several contemporary poets, we will examine helpful ways to begin poems that engage the first person voice of the Other. Spend two days in an intimate and supportive setting, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. Open to poets, the poetry curious, and prose writers who want to explore new approaches to voice and dialogue, the workshop takes place at the North Beach Inn on Orcas Island and includes a festival pass to the Orcas Island Lit Fest. Limited to twelve participants, the workshop is likely to sell out quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. 

TIME: Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 10a to 12noon

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Clark
Winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition, Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives was published by Pleiades Press and distributed by LSU Press. His first full-length collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Clark also won the Angoff Award for best contribution to The Literary Review, an Artsmith fellowship, and a Bread Loaf fellowship. The author of three chapbooks, Clark’s poems and essays about literature have appeared in such journals as the Georgia ReviewIowa ReviewAntioch ReviewCrazyhorsePloughsharesGulf CoastdiodeNew York QuarterlyDenver Quarterly, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. A semi-regular contributor to The Georgia Review, he has published essays in books about Ruth StoneCharles Wright, and Sandra McPherson. He and his son, the actor and artist Joe Hewes-Clark, have cowritten a play, Brick’s Last Call. Recipient of two teaching awards, Clark’s textbook on writing poetry, The Mind’s Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry (Pearson Longman), guides students through a variety of discussions and prompts designed to give them fluency in the major aspects of contemporary poetry writing. Website: http://kevinclarkpoetry.com/

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