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Mountain Writers Series

Writing Workshops 2018

 

 

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John Brehm

 

Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, and the Poetics of Intimacy


New York School poets Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler created in their poems a new kind of intimacy between writer and reader. Far from the the weighty self-dramatizing of confessional poets like Lowell, Plath, and Sexton, their work is witty, spontaneous, playful, and filled with candid details from their personal lives and friendships. In this six-week workshop, we’ll read a broad selection of poems by O’Hara and Schuyler with an eye toward how their poetry might open up new possibilities in our own writing. In each session, our time will be divided equally between discussing the work of O’Hara and Schuyler and workshopping new poems generated by class participants. 

  • Meets: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Tuesdays, April 24 – May 29, 2018
  • Cost:  $300 (Six three-hour sessions)
  • Enrollment:  Minimum 4, Maximum 12.
  • Location: Room 23, 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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Gay Monteverde

 

Writing for the Stage

 

Writing for the Stage. This is a beginning playwriting workshop for the eager amateur, the emerging professional, or the curious writer exploring a new medium. No previous experience with playwriting necessary (although it's good if you've seen some plays). We will read and discuss plot, character, dialogue, theme, spectacle and pace, as we write and workshop scenes and scripts.

  • Meets: By appointment
  • Cost:  $290 for 4 individual sessions or $75 per session
  • Location: TBA
  • Enrollment: Individual writing-and-conference sessions, by appointment.

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Gay Monteverde is the author of two published plays: Harriet Tubman: An American Moses (a finalist for the American Alliance of Theater and Education's Best New Play Award) and The Arabian Nights (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award's Angus Bowmer Award for Drama). Both plays premiered in Portland, are published by Playscripts, Inc. in New York City, and have had productions in locations as far-ranging as Tasmania and Kentucky. Gay's third play, a contemporary comedy based on Pride and Prejudice, is looking for a theater company. Her fourth play is coming soon. Gay's third play was part of HART's recent Page to Stage showcase. She teaches writing at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Register securely online through Paypal at www.mountainwriters.org or send check payable Mountain Writers to 2804 SE 27th, #2, Portland, OR 97202.

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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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