*Registration is full for this event.
The Poets' Roundtable offers a full day of writing workshops, an Open Mic session in which participants are invited to give voice to an original work, plus an "Authors' Alley" for authors to display their recent publications. Workshop presenters include poets of great talent and expertise: Laura Apol (Lansing Poet Laureate), Brian Gilmore, William Langford, and Jan Shoemaker. For lunch, you can bring your own lunch, go out to a local restaurant, or order lunch at the time you register (10:30 AM). There will be a "Talk Back" session at the end of the day. There will also be a Resource Table with information on local writers' organizations and upcoming events. There is no fee for The Poets' Roundtable; however, those who order lunch will be responsible for that cost.
Brian Gilmore’s workshop is called Poetry as ‘WordsMusic’: The workshop discusses the use of musical elements and styles in the creation of poetic forms and poetry. Blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues are among the music forms that will be discussed and various poems will be examined for their relationship to music. Is poetry naturally syncopated? Is there an improvisational element in poetry? These ideas will be explored via poetry and writing. The poetry of poets such as Waring Cuney and Langston Hughes will be highlighted as well as poems by the workshop leader.
Jan Shoemaker’s workshop is called Figure It Out: Making Poetry Sing Through Figurative Language: The black bat night has flown. Hope is a thing with feathers. In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo. Do not go gentle into that good night. Figurative language forms poetry’s good bones. Let’s play with it today and leave with a poem--or the beginning of one--that sings!
Laura Apol’s workshop is called Imaginary gardens with real toads in them: Marianne Moore advocates for “imaginary gardens with real toads in them” as a way to combine the raw and the genuine in poetry. In this workshop, we will think together about the importance of concrete imagery as a way to ground a poem in the “real,” and we will write together.
Will Langford's Workshop is called Verborum Pictorum (“Painters of Words”): When poets take to the stage, they are not only writers, they are painters of words. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem-in-progress as they explore voice, and stage presence in this dynamic workshop presented by Will “The Poet” Langford.