The Northeast Poetry Center’s College of Poetry has a big day of poetry lined up for Saturday, Junly 5, starting at 1:00 pm with a workshop conducted by William Seaton followed by the Poetry on the Loose reading featuring Gina R. Evers.
William Seaton will offer a workshop titled “A Line that Dances” on the use of cadenced free verse at the Seligmann Center for the Arts, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, New York (across from the SLPAC). The program is free and open to all. No preregistration is required.
Often free verse and rhythmic poetry are considered polar opposites, but in fact virtually all good writing occupies a space somewhere between. Seaton will present examples of effective but irregular rhythmic patterns and of significant variation in more formally predictable meters. Participants will experiment with consciously manipulating poetic beats.
Seaton is the author of Spoor of Desire: Selected Poems. Producer of Poetry on the Loose, the College of Poetry Workshop series, and periodic Surreal Cabarets, he also maintains a blog at williamseaton.blogspot.com.
The next workshop on August 2 titled “Capturing the Muse: A workshop in Radical Imagination” will be led by Steve Hirsch.
After the workshop Gina R. Evers will present a reading of her original work at 3:30 followed by an open reading.
Evers is a poet, nonfiction writer, and teacher of writing. Her poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and anthologies such as Chronogram, The Comstock Review, Quarterly West, and Copper Nickel, among others. She is one of 12 poets featured in Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, which was included on the American Library Association’s 2013 list of recommended LGBT reading. The Lambda Literary Foundation named Evers one of the Emerging LGBT Voices of 2010, and she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University in 2011. Her book-length manuscript, The Maps Inside, which explores the internal- and external boundaries of human identity, has been a semifinalist in contests sponsored by Tupelo Press, the Philip Levine Prize, and Crab Orchard Review. Evers is currently at work on two new projects: a series of poems exploring the spirituality of yoga and a memoir on how planning her same-sex wedding made her believe in marriage.
Evers relocated to the Hudson Valley in February 2014 where she now directs the on-campus Writing Center at Mount Saint Mary College. She will also be teaching a poetry workshop in this summer’s L.I.F.E. program at the college. More information about Evers and her work can be found at www.ginaevers.com.
Next month Poetry on the Loose will feature New York City poets Michael Graves and Robert Viscusi.
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