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.

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