Writers association hosts poetry bash on Whidbey Island

Apr 18, 2012

Poets and poetry lovers are invited to register for an All-Day, All-Out Poetry Bash on Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Greenbank.

Popular master poets Lorraine Healy and Sarah Zale will teach two-and-a-half-hour hands-on, craft-packed workshops for poets and prose-writers who wish to improve their poetic skills.

Participants will pick up instructions for the day at the Rob Shouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm, and then attend small group sessions in private homes with participants switching venues after a lunch break. Lunch is provided.

Zale’s class will examine the styles of different poets, discuss the extent to which their poems tell a story and then decide what poetic tools make a story powerful. Participants will then apply these tools to their own poems.

Healy will lead participants through an exercise that will result in an original work to which editing strategies will be applied to produce a professional product.

The All-Day, All-Out Poetry Bash concludes with an evening of soup, bread and open-mic at Greenbank Farm’s Whidbey Pies Café at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $12 and poetry readings are free.

For workshop details and registration information, visit Whidbey Island Writers Association online at www.writeonwhidbey.org and click on Workshops, or call 360-341-1861.

The cost is $75 per workshop for association members; $90 for non-members. Discounts are available by joining the association at sign-up.

The Whidbey Island Writers Association’s full line-up of spring workshops, some of which are free, are listed on the website also.

Lorraine Healy is an Argentinean poet and photographer living on Whidbey Island. The winner of several national awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry in 2004, she has been published extensively.

The author of two published chapbooks, Lorraine is a graduate from the M.F.A in Poetry program at New England College, New Hampshire, as well as from the post-MFA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Her first full-length manuscript, "The Habit of Buenos Aires," won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award was published by Tebot Bach Press in 2010.

With years of experience at teaching poetry at the college and graduate level, Lorraine is a dynamic, passionate instructor whose own love for the craft and beauty of poetry comes through at every class.

Sarah Zale teaches writing and poetry in the Seattle area and The Writers' Workshoppe in Port Townsend. Her collection of poems, The Art of Folding, was inspired by her travels to Israel and Palestine.

"The Refugee at Al-Arroub Fails to Explain" won the 2009 Anita McAndrews Award/ Poets for Human Rights. Her work also appears in the anthology “Come Together, Imagine Peace,” a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award.

Over the past two years, she has leaned into the sounds calling her home to Detroit for a new collection of poems entitled “Sometimes You Do Things.” Naomi Shihab Nye chose "September 24, 1930: The Last Hanging in Michigan." as a finalist in the 2011 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, which calls for poems that split open the injustices in society.

Zale is a passionate believer in the power of poetry and the arts to change and heal ourselves and the world.

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