Monday through Friday, July 15 through 19, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a poetry workshop led by poet Kathleen Ellis from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the museum’s Gamble Center for Education, at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

This workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibitions and practicing acts of cultural Dumpster-diving (both literally and figuratively) to trigger creative juices. Participants will generate new poems that challenge who we are in our historical, cultural, and natural environments, using real-world references to address the paradoxical inevitability of modern life. There will be experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms, visits to exhibits, daily group critique and revision sessions.

Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently “Narrow River to the North. “She is the winner of the Southwest Review Poetry Award and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize and has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. She lives in Orono, where she teaches English and Honors at the University of Maine and coordinates Poets/Speak! each April for the Bangor Public Library.

The fee for this class is $180, $150 for museum members. Participants should bring personal writing materials to class. For more information or to register, call the Education Department at 596-0949 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or