Milwaukie Poetry Series presents Chairs that Fly and Other Wonders: A Friendly Introduction to the Prose Poem

A writing workshop by Annie Lighthart

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm

The Ledding Library Pond House, Milwaukie 

If you’ve been curious about the strange invention called the prose poem, join us as we take a closer look at this fascinating creation made out of poetry and prose. As author David Young says, “The prose poem is a very special invention, like a chair that flies….”  In this workshop, we’ll see what gives it wings as we take a look at various prose poems and create our own through a number of different writing exercises. Come and discover the prose poem with us: all levels of experience welcome.

The workshop will be limited to 13 participants with all levels of experience welcome. We are able to set the fee for this workshop at $35 and checks should be made out to Annie Lighthart.  Scholarships are available based on financial need. Please indicate the financial need on the back of the Registration Form in applying for a scholarship.

Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has taught at Boston College and in workshops with writers of all ages. Poems from her book Iron String have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and in various anthologies, including most recently Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems. Her new book Lantern won the Wells College Press 2017 Chapbook Award.  Her work has been chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals, used in projects in England and New Zealand, and has traveled farther than she has.

The Pond House is a lovely setting sitting beside the beautiful pond that separates it from the library. The room where we’ll have the workshop has picture windows facing the pond. Light refreshments will be served.

To register, please contact Tom Hogan at [email protected] or 503-819-8367.

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