Poems are a form of resilience. Poetry allows for its makers and readers to keep functioning despite failure, difficulty, and distress. This workshop will encourage participants to read and discuss texts (from Sherwin Bitsui, Jennifer Foerster, Santee Frazier, Layli Long Soldier, Luis Urrea, Jean Valentine and Frank X Walker) and generate new work investigating the memories, symbols, and languages that poetry allows us to retain and reframe—from the complicated personal and social narratives that we invent and inherit to the places we seek out or depart from, and the lyric moments we envision.
For more information, or to register, visit Woodland Pattern or call (414) 263-5001.
Joan Kane will also give a reading at 7 pm on Saturday, September 26. The reading is FREE for workshop participants.
Joan Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife and Hyperboreal. She has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and Alaska Pacific University.