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“Seeing Things” – An Intensive Poetry Workshop Taught by Robert Bensen
March 16 @ 7:00 pm - May 18 @ 9:00 pm
All ages, Monday, 7 – 9 PM, 10-week session
Poetry enables us to “see things”: to see what is and what is not, in the domains of the senses and imagination. We will develop our practice of writing by drawing upon both. Workshop participants will be asked to bring copies of one or two new poems each week for the group to consider, and to respond to the poems thoughtfully and respectfully with comments that encourage revision. We will also write in the session, with various prompts and group activities. We will read poets with a range of subject and form as models for our own practice. We will consider the world of publishing in online and print environments. Our agenda will be adjusted depending on the experience and preferences of the poets. Our collective public reading will be at Bright Hill’s Word Thursdays event on August 27, 2020.
Workshop Registration: $225 – Financial scholarships available (please inquire by emailing [email protected]). Limited to 10 participants. Meets Mondays from 7 – 9 PM for ten weeks beginning March 16 through May 18. Workshop location: Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846
Robert Bensen (Oneonta, NY) has conducted the “Seeing Things” workshop at Bright Hill since Spring 2019. The latest of his six collections of poetry is Before (Five Oaks Press, 2019). His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Native Realities, Jamaica Journal, AGNI, Akwe:kon, Poetry Wales, The Thomas Hardy Review, Ploughshares, and others. He has written numerous critical essays on British, Caribbean and Native American literature, and has edited anthologies of those literature, most recently Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education. He is Emeritus Professor of English and former Director of Writing at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY (1978-2017). He also teaches at the State University of New York- Oneonta.