Monday, July 21, 2008

Poetry Workshop in NYC with Ellen Bass

Poetry Workshop
taught by Ellen Bass
October 25 and 26, 2008
N ew York City

photo CD lotuses and Barbara Lierson's lotus photo
Its wonderful root and bud are snow-white, bright.
When was it parted with the western skies?
Nobody knows how deep the mud it grows in is.
When it emerges from the water, we know it is the white lotus.

In this workshop we will allow ourselves to extend our roots deeply into the mud of our experience in order to give voice to our poems. This is an opportunity to meet the poems that gestate within us and to engage our greatest resources--attention, courage, precision--in bringing them into being. We will strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and interesting and we will work to create poems whose form, rhythmn, language, and meaning work as an effective whole.

This weekend will be a time to nurture the creative voice inside us and allow it to speak. There will be time for sharing and for response, hearing what our work touches in others, but mainly it will be an inspirational time to write.

The format will include brief talks on aspects of the craft, writing suggestions, time to write and time to share. Some critique is available for those who want that, but is not mandatory.
Both experienced and beginning poets are welcome. Class size is limited to fifteen poets.

We'll meet Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the home of Nancy Hechinger on West 12th St. in New York. Address and directions to follow registration. The fee is $300 and checks should be made payable to Ellen Bass and sent to my assistant Shalom Victor at 338 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold your place. The remainder is due by September 1. If you have paid your entire fee and find that you can't attend the workshop, we'll refund all but the deposit if we're able to fill your space, so please let us know as soon as possible.


Ellen Bass
Ellen Bass

about Ellen Bass
Ellen Bass's Mules of Love (BOA 2002) won the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, Ms., Ploughshares, Field, and The Kenyon Review. Among her awards for poetry are The Pushcart Prize, The Pablo Neruda Prize and the New Letters Prize.

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