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Mountain Writers Series

Writing Workshops 2018

 

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Narrative - The Ghostly Presence

 

In this intensive workshop session we will snub Aristotle by considering narrative not as a sequence of related events with a beginning, middle, and end, but as tonal, referential, imagistic, or thematic threads that contribute to our sense of a poem’s unitary result.  We will explore the ways in which “narrative” and “story” can be quite different modes of exploration, and how the poet may navigate between and around them.  Prompts and a reading list will be provided for further practice and study. Please provide ten copies of two of your own poems, plus one copy of a narrative poem you admire.

  • Meets: Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland
  • Cost:  $285 for 3 sessions; $185 for 2 sessions; $95 for 1 session
  • Discounted prices for more than one workshop will be applied in the office after registration.

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Christopher Howell is the author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently, Love’s Last Number: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Among his many other books of poetry are Gaze (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has received three Pushcart Prizes, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the King Country Arts Commission, the Artist Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. His work has been awarded the Helen Bullis, Vachel Lindsay, and Vi Gale prizes, and has twice received the Washington State Book Award. A military journalist during the Vietnam War, since 1974 he has been the director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and is now also director for Willow Springs Books. He lives in Spokane, where is on the Master of Fine Arts faculty of Eastern Washington University’s Inland NW Center for Writers.

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John Brehm

 

Poetry & Poetics of Robert Frost

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, January 3 - February 7, 2018


The pleasures of Frost’s poetry are inexhaustible, and the insights to be found in his essays and letters are invaluable. Far from the persona of the simple farmer-poet dispensing country wisdom that he himself promoted, Frost was a highly sophisticated artist and the most brilliant formalist of the 20th century. In this six-week course, we’ll read and discuss a broad selection of Frost’s poetry and prose, focusing on the many ways it can inform and deepen our own writing. Two of our six class sessions will be devoted to discussing participant poems inspired by or written in response to Frost’s work. Our text will be Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (Library of America).


  • Meets: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, January 3 - February 7, 2018

  • Cost:  $300 (Six three-hour sessions)
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 12.
  • Location: Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland

John Brehm is the author of two books of poetry: Sea of Faith and Help Is on the Way, both from the University of Wisconsin Press. Brehm is the associate editor for The Oxford Book of American Poetry (OUP, 2006), and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy (Wisdom, 2017).  His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, The Sun, New Ohio Review, The Best American Poetry 1999 & 2017, and many other journals and anthologies. He has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, and Portland State University and received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and Yaddo. 



 

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Following a River: Writing & Conference with Gary Miranda

 

                         Freedom is not following a river.
                         Freedom is following a river
                         though, if you want to.

                                             -- William Stafford

These tutoring sessions are intended to help serious poets improve their poems and writing skills through consultation and revision. While individual poems will receive careful attention and thorough feedback, the emphasis will be on finding the poet's overall strengths and weaknesses in an effort to maximize the former and minimize the latter. Gary Miranda likes to think of this in terms of a river: "Some poets need more current, others need more banks." "Banks," he notes, "are a lot easier to learn." 

Students will submit their poems to Mr. Miranda in the week preceding their appointment. Hence, the fee includes tutor preparation to read and annotate the poems, and the individual conference session (an hour) to discuss and suggest directions. These one-on-one writing & conference sessions, by appointment, will be held Wednesdays at the TaborSpace Cafe. Request for other days/hours will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Meets: By appointment, Wednesdays between 10 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Cost:  $385 for 4 individual sessions or $100 per session
  • Location: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland 97215
  • Enrollment: Individual writing-and-conference sessions, by appointment.

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Gary Miranda has taught writing and literature at various colleges and universities, including three years as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Athens in Greece and, as writer-in-residence at Reed College in Portland. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere, and widely anthologized. He has published four collections, one of which, Listeners at the Breathing Place, won the Princeton Contemporary Poetry competition and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also published a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies. His awards include an NEA Fellowship, nine awards from the Poetry Society of America, and an invitation by The Atlantic Monthly to serve as poet-in-residence at the Robert Frost Place in New Hampshire. His poems have been taped for Harvard University’s Lamont Poetry Collection and the Library of Congress Poetry Archive. He lives in Portland.

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