with Stuart Kestenbaum

This workshop will be a combination of writing from observation and memory.

Participants will begin with quick writing exercises designed to open them to seeing the world that’s right in front of them,  then follow their instincts and intuition move more deeply into their work.

Attendees will look at examples of other writers, read each other’s work, and spend lots of time writing. The goal is to start without judging and end up in a place that might surprise.

SUBMIT Participants are asked to please submit in advance three pages and up to three poems; i.e. one three-page poem, three one-page poems, etc. Email the manuscript no later than April 22 to director@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “KESTENBAUM POETRY SAMPLE.”

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of ThanksgivingPrayers and Run-on Sentences and Only Now (all Deerbrook Editions), and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  The director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 to 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity. He is currently serving as Maine’s poet laureate.  Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”