Workshops / Scheduled Special Events
The Continuous Now: Generating Systems, Series, and Sequences of “Buttons”
with Tristan Beach, Lecturer in English at Saint Martin's University
7 to 9 pm
Olympia Community Center,
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501
Sept. 10, Tuesday
As poets, we are often compelled to examine our relationships to language and our positions as observers of the ordinary world. In this generative hybrid poetry workshop, inspired by Dana Levin’s workshops on Poetry and the Unconscious, we will create sequences of prose/poems that embody and exemplify this questioning. Guided by Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, we will capture in language portraits—impressions and associations—the objects, activities, and ideas that populate our daily lives, crafting our own “buttons” in what Stein calls the “continuous now.” To help generate these “buttons,” we will replicate diagrams, litanies, random Tarot card draws, the physical space of the workshop, the human anatomy, whatever is in your closet, a screenshot of phone apps, and other real systems, series, and sequences of objects. We invite you to bring receipts, grocery lists, a snapshot of your car’s dashboard, or whatever composition strikes a creative spark in you. Join us in creating odd, wonderful artifacts of language.
Tristan Beach has taught English across China from 2014 to 2017. Before that, he was a long-time editor for Portland-based literary journal Conium Review and was involved with various other literary journals and presses, including Copper Canyon Press, Coffee House Press, Pitkin Review, and Clockhouse. His poems, prose, and criticism appear in Pif Magazine, Shantih, rawboned, The Writer in the World, and Pitkin Review. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and currently teaches English at Saint Martin’s University; he is also a facilitator for Writing on Water and the poetry editor for Pif Magazine.
DONNING A MASK: THE PERSONA POEM
A Workshop with Peter Ludwin
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 -9 pm
Olympia Community Center
We'll go over what a persona poem is, the various attributes and characteristics of a persona poem, read some outstanding examples, write one ourselves and then read them to the group.
WRITING WITH THE GREEKS
A Workshop with OPN Board Member
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7 - 9 pm
Olympia Community Center
Join me in an exciting journey writing with the Greeks. Here we'll study connections between Carl Jung's theory of archetype and Greek myth in poetry. We'll see how poets such as Lucille Clifton and Lucia Perillo, among others, play with perspective in Greek myth when they write their poems. We'll use prompts to generate new poems with Greek myth. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite myths with them.
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