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Poetry and ocean, in Manzanita

Published on February 28, 2018 11:49AM

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis

Registration is now open for PoetryFest 2018, Poetry of the Moment, a day of workshops led by Portland author Wendy Willis at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The Saturday, April 14. sessions will run from 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 pm, with an evening reading from Willis at 7 pm followed by an open mic.

“Using the wonder of the place, the urgency of the times, and poetry of the ages to spur new and different work, we’ll dive beneath the surface and see what we can find!” Willis said. “In the morning, we will work on techniques to break through our habits and tics. We’ll use close observation, stillness, and the kismet of association to spur the imagination in unexpected ways. In the afternoon, we’ll work with a variety of revision practices in preparation for the evening’s open mic.”

Willis, a faculty member in poetry at Portland’s Attic Institute, splits her time between her roles as mother, poet and advocate for democracy.

Her first book, “Blood Sisters of the Republic,” was published in 2012. Her second book of poems, “A Long Late Pledge,” followed in 2017, winning the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. She has published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals, including New England Review, Oregon Humanities, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus and Zócalo Public Square.

In addition to her writing, Willis serves as executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. She also serves on the boards of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and Tavern Books. She has served as a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a BA from Willamette University as well as an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Tuition for the April 14 workshop is $125 until March 31, rising to $150 thereafter. To register, go to hoffmanblog.org.

For more information, email Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.

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