SLC welcomes Wright to open mic, poetry workshop

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Sandpoint Literary Collective is pleased to announce a poetry workshop for the New Year featuring Seattle poet Carolyne Wright.

The workshop will begin Friday, Jan. 5, from 5-7:20 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the class meets from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. No need to submit writing before the workshop, all work will be generated in class using prompts.

Wright’s workshop takes place at Sandpoint Library’s Conference Room B. The timely theme for this workshop is “The Poet Strikes Back”.

Have you ever wanted to talk back to someone you love, hate, admire, or strongly disagree with? Often the most effective — and subversive — method is to use that person’s own terms and rhetorical strategies, to argue with or persuade her, or even beat him at his own verbal games. In poetry, we can strike back by writing back, and also engage in poetic dialogue across the borders of time and culture. We will look at pairs of calls and responses — poems and the poems that reply to them — from Arnold’s “Dover Beach” with Hecht’s irreverent “The Dover Bitch,” to Koch’s parody of W. C. Williams’s refrigerator note, “This is just to say . . .” to Justice’s “Variations on a Text by Vallejo” and beyond. Using various strategies, we will write replies to poems by other poets, making use of elements of that poet’s style. Can the subaltern speak? Talk back? You bet!

Writers must preregister by email at losthorsepress@mindspring.com or by telephone, 208-255-4410.

Carolyne Wright will arrive on Thursday, Jan. 16, guest host January’s pop-up open mic at the Pend d’Oreille Winery at 6 p.m. Please join us for an entertaining and lively literary evening.

The pop-up open mic event is a chance to showcase local and guest literary talent. The collective members said they are looking forward to hearing the offerings of writers and poets as we pop-up at our favorite winery in Sandpoint!

Writers of all stripes are invited to read from their original work for up to five minutes.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Information: 208-255-4410 or losthorsepress@mindspring.com

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