Instructor: Stuart Kestenbaum
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5 | 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Belfast Free Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12  FULL/WAIT LIST
Fee: Member: $45  | Nonmember: $100
Registration Closes:  April 30 


Knock out the winter’s cobwebs with a workshop focused exclusively on generating new poems using a combination of writing from observation and from memory. Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will guide participants through fresh prompts and ideas designed to open the door to new material and ways to approach one’s work.

Attendees will begin with a series of quick exercises that focus on writing without judging. These will be followed by longer exercises that allow participants to follow their instincts and intuition to move more deeply into their work.


KestenbaumStuart Kestenbaum was appointed the Maine Poet Laureate in 2016. He is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving, Prayers 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 until 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on the Writer’s Almanac.   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.”


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QUESTIONS
For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at perry@mainewriters.org.

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SCHOLARSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on April 23 at 9:00 a.m.
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