POSTPONED: Poems from the Earth Poetry Workshop with Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Sun, July 19, 2020 10am-12:30pm

Poems from the Earth: Finding our Way Home

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, poet-dramatist

This workshop has been postponed and will be scheduled for September. Date TBA.

Poetry workshop taught on Zoom video by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

In this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let us invoke the words of Chief Seattle, “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Join Cindy Williams Gutiérrez in a poetry workshop that explores the power of the web of life and our relationship within it. We will study poems by Native poets Louise Erdrich and Linda Hogan, along with work by Ross Gay and Elizabeth Bishop. We will consider poetic strategies for eco-poetry and social justice. And we will write our own “poem-sprouts” and share. This workshop is designed to generate new work, both reckoning with Erdrich’s “How long must we live in the broken” and envisioning Hogan’s “somewhere/… a world undisturbed.”

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is inspired by the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. She was awarded the 2018 Willow Books Editor’s Choice Poetry Selection and a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Inlay with Nacre: The Names of Forgotten Women. Cindy was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet for the small claim of bones (Bilingual Press), which placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. She received the 2017 Oregon Book Award for Drama for Words That Burn which was produced in Portland and Klamath Falls, Oregon as well as at the Merc Playhouse.

Cindy has taught poetry to adults through Portland’s Attic Institute, LiTFUSE Poet’s Workshop, the Oregon Council for Teachers of English, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Poetry Association as well as to K-12 youth through Methow Arts, the Portland Art Museum, Right Brain Initiative, and Writers in the Schools. Cofounder of Methow Valley’s Confluence Poets, Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program.

When: Sunday, July 19, 2020 Time: 10:00 am – 12:30pm Register: Cost: By donation Other: Zoom access required

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