Poetry Writing Workshop at The Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center at 419 Green Lane is offering a poetry writing workshop around the theme of “The Iceberg vs. The Ship” led by Harriet Millan on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in June and July. The cost of the workshop is $100 for five sessions. For further information contact Peter Krok at the Manayunk Art Center at 215-482-3363 or via email at macpoet1@aol.com .

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Harriet Millan explains the workshop idea of “The Iceberg vs. The Ship” with the following statement regarding the class: “Having trouble navigating today’s poetry waters? Never before has American poetry been so complex, so diverse. This course is designed to help you find a place for yourself as a working poet. We will look at various presses, journals and poems, in addition to your own work, to learn new approaches. This course is designed to accommodate poets at all levels of accomplishment, from those with less experience to those who hold advanced degrees in writing. Work on the image will be one of the focuses of the course, along with creating poems that are so imaginative and physical that they make you feel “as if the top of your head is cut off” (Emily Dickinson). As you read them, there will be weekly assignments.”

Harriet Millan, Co-Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing, at Drexel University is a p rize winning poet and author of two books of poetry. Her debut collection, The Christmas Show , a Philadelphia Inquirer Notable Book of the Year, was chosen by Eavan Boland for a Barnard New Women Poet’s Prize and it also won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her second book, Girl in Cap and Gown was a 2009 National Poetry Series Finalist. Her story, “Yalla!”, part of a novel she is writing on her work with the Reunion Project, which seeks to reunite Lost Boys of Sudan with their mothers living aboard, won a SLS Literary Seminar scholarship to Kenya and appeared in the Kenyon Review in January 2011.

The workshop sessions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the following Tuesday evenings: June 19, June 26 and July 10, 17 and 24. As an outcome of the writing workshop it is hoped that a writing group might be created at the Manayunk Art Center for interested poets and writers that would meet on a regular basis. Also, at the end of the workshop there will be a reading at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center that will include Harriet Millan and the participants in the workshop.

Peter Krok is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and serves as the humanities/poetry director of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) where he has coordinated a literary series since 1990. Arrangements can be made for a pro rata reduced fee for those unable to attend all of the summer workshops. The classes will be limited to a dozen participants. For further information contact Peter Krok at MRAC at 215-482-3363 or via email at macpoet1@aol.com .

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