Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest November Workshops
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Fairhaven Library — Fireplace Room, Lower level (1117 12th St , Bellingham) Workshop cost and registration: Fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for a workshop or $50 for both workshops, paid by check or cash at the workshop.
10 AM to 12 Noon- Jeffrey Morgan:
Eavesdropping in the 21st Century In his famous and somewhat tongue‐in‐cheek essay “Personism,” Frank O’Hara points out that the telephone is a much better tool for communication than the poem. And yet, O’Hara knows well that how one addresses “the reader,” how one utilizes voice in poetry, is crucial.
In this workshop, we will explore many ways voice functions in poetry. We’ll read and discuss sev‐eral poems that utilize voice in interesting and effective ways. Most importantly, we’ll write original poems and practice using some of the tricks and tactics we’ve discussed to make our own writing more persuasive. I hope you can attend.
1 PM to 3 PM- Elizabeth Austen:
What Else Is Also True?
Good writers know to beware of clichés of thought and feeling as well as language. We’ll use poems by Lucille Clifton and Marie Howe as inspiration to embrace emotional courage and complexity in our work. We’ll experiment with ways to shake up our habitual thought and feeling patterns as we generate and revise. Bring two poems‐in‐progress, and be prepared to ask yourself discomfiting questions.
Elizabeth Austen is the 2014‐16 Washington State Poet Laureate. She’s the author of Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia, 2011), a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and the
chapbooks The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily, 2010). Elizabeth produces poetry programming for NPR‐affiliate KUOW 94.9, and earned an
MFA at Antioch University LA. She works at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and journaling workshops for the staff.
Workshop cost and registration: Fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for a workshop or $50 for both workshops, paid by check or cash at the workshop. Pre‐registration is strongly encouraged.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which workshop(s) you wish to take. Please include your name and a phone number in case of last‐minute changes. Please