April 21, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
On Saturday, April 21 1:30- 4:30 pm Grailville hosts award winning poet, Carolyne Wright presenting Poetry and Public Life-Writing as Witness. As poets and writers, we might not consider our work as a public act. Yet poetry has always been a mode of truth-telling–even more so now, given the conditions of political, social, environmental and ethical extremity that prevail in this new millennium.
What does it mean to connect our writing to our public lives as citizens–to working for cultural, social, political, and environmental change as well as inner transformation? Seattle-based poet, translator and teacher Carolyne Wright, author of Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene will lead an exploration into the work and lives of some poets who have managed a larger public presence and contribution from within intensely committed writing lives, facilitate participants’ hands-on mapping of our own writing lives within our communities, and a discussion of new ways that writing can bear witness in the world. Carolyne’s awards include the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Award for Poetry. She is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program and Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. We are offering an “early-bird” price of $30 for this three hour workshop; $40 with an optional 12:30 lunch. (The “day-of” price is $40 without lunch) Scholarships are also available.Registration at grailville.org or by calling 513-683-2340.