In our continuing look at opportunities for writers at The Clearing in Door County, Wisconsin, here is a workshop sure to be exciting: Exapanding the Reach of Poetry, facilitated by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Ellen Kort.
Some of you may have heard Ellen Kort read during A River Runs Through Us, a writers conference initiated by Womanspace. Not only was Ellen our keynote speaker, but also a wonderful workshop leader. I had the privilege of hosting her stay at my home. We became quite good friends, and I must say she is the real thinga poet in every way: soulful, thoughtful, adventurous, bold and talented. If you want to work with a stellar poet and presence, consider attending Ellens workshop at The Clearing, July 15-21.
Ellen shares her vision of this week-long workshop in The Clearing Summer Catalog: The idea is to break through old habits and complacencies and to welcome unique opportunities to push forward. It will be a class marked with lively, enthusiastic and far-reaching expressions of thought, feeling and fresh imagery. You will read in celebration of poetry as a human energy system, and will write for the pure joy of creative expression.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called The Writers Garret for this newspaper.
from the May 30-June 5, 2007, issue