This workshop will be a combination of writing from observation and memory. Participants will begin with quick writing exercises designed to open them to seeing the world that’s right in front of them, then follow their instincts and intuition move more deeply into their work. Attendees will look at examples of other writers, read each other’s work, and spend lots of time writing. The goal is to start without judging and end up in a place that might surprise.
Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of five collections of poems, most recently How to Start Over (Deerbrook Editions 2019), and a collection of essays The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press). The director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on the Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He was appointed Maine’s poet laureate in 2016. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”