Instructor: Julia Bouwsma
Date & Time:
Saturday, November 10 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location:
Belfast Free Library
Level:
Open
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: November 5


Joan Didion has written that “a place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” For generations, Maine’s poets have been inspired and shaped by the harsh beauties of its landscape, which is at once demanding and achingly gorgeous. This workshop will encourage poets to explore their sense of connection to place—either Maine or elsewhere, rural or urban—and delve into the terrains built by weaving together language, memory, and the intimate knowledge one acquires about a specific location over time.

By looking closely place-tied poems by poets including Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rick Barot, and Patricia Smith, and the range of techniques they employ, this workshop will examine the individual topographies, landscapes, and architectures poets create. Participants will explore questions such as: What are the places that sculpt us? How are our words in turn sculpted by these places? How does the poem create a landscape of language in order to become a place within a place?

In-class exercises will also experiment with new strategies for approaching place-tied poems. Attendees will leave this workshop with fresh inspiration for committing to the page the places to which they are most deeply drawn.


BouwsmaJulia Bouwsma is the author of two poetry collections: Midden (Fordham University Press, September 2018), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Poets Out Loud Prize, and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017), which received the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award and, most recently, the 2018 Maine Literary Award. A former managing editor for Alice James Books, Bouwsma currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.


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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 October 29 at 9:00 a.m.
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