Raising poetry stakes

Jun 22, 2018

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a weeklong poetry writing workshop led by Kathleen Ellis Monday through Friday, July 9 through 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

Poetry is risky business. How does one raise the stakes by maximizing devices in a poem that make the work matter to readers? Workshop participants will look at how poems engage their readers and make their readers care. Using the exhibitions in the museum and local galleries, and a range of poetic styles and techniques, they will generate new poems based on raising the stakes of their writing.

Instructor Ellis has published five collections of poetry, most recently “Outer-Body Travel.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Maine Arts Commission; and poems from her manuscript, “Dear Darwin,” were set to music and released as a Parma Recordings CD, nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. She teaches literature and poetry writing at the University of Maine in Orono.

Fee for this program is $195, $165 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

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

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