In honor of National Poetry Month the Manzanita Writers’ Series and Bay City Arts Center present a weekend dedicated to the joys of poetry. Beach and Bay Poetry Weekend will take place April 6 and 7, 2013.
Two workshops and a public poetry reading will take place at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita on Saturday, April 6. Cost is $30 per workshop or $50 for both.
In the morning from 10 a.m. to noon, poet Stephanie Lenox will present “Other Shoes,” a workshop to help you learn to embody the voices of your characters. This workshop is for poets of all levels, as well as fiction writers interested in developing authentic characters through poetic experimentation. Learn to see the world from a different perspective in this dynamic workshop that will explore the use of characters and encourage playful impersonations through guided exercises and writing prompts.
Stephanie Lenox’s chapbook, The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, won the 2007 Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest. She received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission and recently published a full-length collection of poetry, Congress of Strange People.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., poet John Morrison will present the workshop “Re-Vision,” geared to the practicing poet. Learn how to take a shimmering first draft, or a cranky problem child, to a deeper level. You’ll study and apply both radical and pragmatic principles of Re-Vision to see your work in a fresh way and follow your drafts to new discoveries. Bring a draft that’s stuck who knows where, a finished poem that may yet have another life, and a notebook and pen.
John Morrison has taught poetry for the University of Alabama, Washington State University, and the Literary Arts Writers in the Schools program. His book, Heaven of the Moment, was a finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Award in poetry.
At 3:30, Lenox and Morrison will read from their own poetry, followed by a Community Open Mic. The event is free to workshop participants and $7 to non-workshop attendees.
On Sunday, April 7 the Bay City Arts Center will host a Scrumptious Lunch and Poetry Open Mic, with the by-donation lunch starting at 12:00 noon. All poets, student poets, wannabe poets, and those who think they don’t “get” poetry are encouraged to attend this community celebration of the oldest written form. Nancy Slavin, local writer and poet, will host the event, which also will include brief writing prompts for the launching of new poems. Door prizes and copious applause will be given to those who read their new work at the Open Mic. For more information, email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Bay City Arts Center at 503 377 9620. The Arts Center is located on the corner of 5th and A Streets in Bay City.
Click here to register for the workshops. Or, call 503.368.3846.
The events are a collaboration of the Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series and Bay City Arts Center.