“We writers are the raw nerve of the universe.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
Many of us have the idea that poetry is some abstract, inaccessible craft reserved for those in obscure academic circles. As this workshop will reveal, however, beautiful and moving poetry can emerge from the details of everyday life. Each week, we will work from examples and prompts that invite us to turn the so-called ordinary objects, images and memories of our lives into fuel for extraordinary art that reaches out and touches others. We will work together in a safe, non-judgmental space, sharing our writing and encouraging each other to uncover those essential, mindful moments we might otherwise have ignored. All skill levels are welcome; you just need a pen, paper and an open mind!
James Crews’ work has appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, and The New Republic, as well as on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column, and he is a regular contributor to The London Times Literary Supplement. He holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize and Foreword Book of the Year Citation, 2011) and Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2017), Crews is also co-editor of several anthologies of poetry, including Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection. He leads Mindfullness & Writing workshops and retreats throughout the country and works as a writing consultant with groups and individuals.