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Everything Matters: Deepening Experience in Narrative. A Narrative Poem Workshop

Everything Matters: Deepening Experience in Narrative

 

We will explore ways of opening narrative poems, not only to move beyond simply “close observation of what happened,” but also to broaden the personal by associative connections to what’s learned in any number of ways—history, science, the arts, culture, politics, and the oddities of trivia. Bring along a few of your own narrative poems to re-examine for the possibility of entering again from another angle.

$45 FOR MEMBERS* (use promo code ‘member’ at checkout)

$60 NONMEMBERS

Gary Fincke’s newest collection of poems  The Infinity Room  won Michigan State’s Wheelbarrow Press Poetry Prize for Established Poets and was published in February.  The Darkness Call , a collection of personal essays, won the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose and was published by Pleiades Press in 2018. West Virginia University published  The Out-of-Sorts: New and Selected Sories in 2017 , and Stephen F. Austin published  Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems  in 2016. Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize for earlier books, he has just retired as the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing. He founded and directed for twenty-one years the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, which grew to oversee an undergraduate creative writing major that enrolls 170 majors and found time to coach the men’s tennis team to five league championships, including one while his older son, who now is the creative director of an advertising agency, played for him. His younger son played lead guitar for the multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin, an experience Gary recounts in his nonfiction book Amp’d (Michigan State, 2004). His daughter is a visual artist who operates her own art school in Los Angeles.

Gary Fincke’s newest collection of poems The Infinity Room won Michigan State’s Wheelbarrow Press Poetry Prize for Established Poets and was published in February. The Darkness Call, a collection of personal essays, won the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose and was published by Pleiades Press in 2018. West Virginia University published The Out-of-Sorts: New and Selected Sories in 2017, and Stephen F. Austin published Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems in 2016. Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize for earlier books, he has just retired as the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing. He founded and directed for twenty-one years the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, which grew to oversee an undergraduate creative writing major that enrolls 170 majors and found time to coach the men’s tennis team to five league championships, including one while his older son, who now is the creative director of an advertising agency, played for him. His younger son played lead guitar for the multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin, an experience Gary recounts in his nonfiction book Amp’d (Michigan State, 2004). His daughter is a visual artist who operates her own art school in Los Angeles.

Earlier Event: February 23
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