Past Events
Saturday, June 1st, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this class, participants will look at how diverse poets have used references to other works, concepts and contexts from the world, imagery, sound and various tools of craft to deploy meanings that the reader will recognize and used these to create a context that allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding and a new perspective.  Students will directly apply these ideas through a variety of exercises exploring the ways they can bring such specific dimensions of the world into their poems while exploring ways of using these tools to communicate concepts and experiences more deeply to readers. Facilitator … Read more >

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Participants will navigate a scope of contemporary forms and practices with time dedicated to each: reading, class discussion, and freewriting. Students will be exposed to an eclectic range of work and asked to investigate what the mechanics of poems, the little engines of poems, are made of? The workshop will explore how images are constructed to create the world of the poem, how images build narratives, how words create worlds for the reader to reside within and create sensory experiences of the poem. How might a poem manipulate the reader’s mood, body sensations? Students will practice ways to create tension … Read more >

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This event is being held in conjunction with Icons in Transformation, a traveling modern art exhibition featuring more than 100 contemporary works by Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Powlowska. The exhibit recalls the icons the artist had seen in Russian monasteries and is running at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church through April 7. Facilitator Stephen Gibson’s poetry workshop will be on Ekphrasis poetry, poems which focus on other works of art, like paintings, photography, or sculpture, as their subjects. Workshop participants will explore how Ekphrasis, rather than being solely description, can help to explore each individual poet’s sense of the world. $10 per … Read more >

Thursday, April 4th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presented in collaboration with the Morikami Museum and Gardens, award-winning California poet Brynn Saito will discuss the zuihitsu, a form of prose-poetry writing that emerged during Japan’s 11th century. Closely translated as “following the brush,” zuihitsu collects observations, notes, personal feelings, and quotes in a seemingly random and associative manner, leading to surprising, poignant poetic expressions. Saito will discuss how this form—and how Japanese culture, more generally—informs her work. She will close with a short poetry reading, book signing, and Q&A. Morikami Entrance Fee: $10 ($7 for members) Note: All tickets are will-call and will be held at the theatre … Read more >

Monday, April 1st, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cynthia Nixon delivers a brilliant characterization of the great American poet Emily Dickinson, who would not be recognized until after her death. Director Terence Davies poignantly evokes the cultural contexts of the period with which Dickinson struggled before finding transcendence in poetry. The film will be presented by Bonnie Bonincontri, Assistant Professor at Lynn University and editor of Quest, the university’s arts journal. Free   Read more >

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 1:00am - 3:00am

  Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome. Free.   Read more >

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A reading by our Conference Faculty. Read more >

Friday, January 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Festival Workshop Participants Read in the Crest Theatre, Free and Open to the Public Audience, Open Mic for Registered Workshop Participants only.   Read more >

Friday, January 25th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Stuart Dischell: How to See Without Using Your “I” Matthew Olzmann:  Imaginary Lives Each poet will give a 1/2 hour talk on an element of poetic craft. Readers of poetry will walk away with a greater appreciation of what goes into the making of a poem; writers will leave with tools to improve their craft. Event will take place in the Crest Theatre followed by a Q & A. Read more >

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm