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“Seeing Things” – An Intensive Poetry Workshop Taught By Robert Bensen

March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All ages, Mondays, 7 – 9 PM, 10-week session


Seeing Things: An Intensive Poetry Workshop

The phrase “Seeing Things” gives us two aspects of poetry; the ability to see what is there, and what is not, in the domains of sense and imagination.  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 demands of reading to an audience. We will explore the ways and means of publishing in online and print environments. We can adjust our agenda, depending on the experience and preferences of the poets.


Robert Bensen (Oneonta, NY)  is the founding director and editor of the Red Herring Poetry Workshop and Press, Urbana, Illinois.  His poetry has been published in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Native Realities, Jamaica Journal, AGNI, Akwe:kon, Poetry Wales, The Thomas Hardy Review, Ploughshares, and many other journals.  Among his books of poetry are In the Dream Museum, Scriptures of Venus, Day Labor, Two Dancers, and Orenoque, Wetumka and Other Poems.  His poetry has been recognized with an NEA fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and other awards. He has numerous essays on Caribbean and Native American literature, and edited anthologies of those literatures, most recently Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education.  His study American Indian and Aboriginal Canadian Childhood Studies was commissioned by Oxford University Press online.  He is Emeritus Professor of English and former Director of Writing at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY (1978-2017).  He now teaches at the State University of New York—Oneonta.  He is married to Dr. Mary Lynn Bensen, Librarian and Head of Reference and Instruction at Milne Library, SUNY-Oneonta. Their daughter, Annalee Lucia Bensen, is a dancer residing in Brooklyn.


Workshop Registration: $175 – Financial Scholarships Available (please inquire by emailing [email protected]). Limited to 10 participants. Meets Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning March 25 through May 27. Workshop Location: Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, 13846


Dates of Workshop

March 25

April 1

April 8

April 15

April 22

April 29

May 6

May 13

May 20

May 27


March 25, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bright Hill Press


Bright Hill Press and Literary Center
94 Church Street
Treadwell, NY 13846 United States
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