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Jane Hirshfield Master Class in Poetry Writing & Poetry Reading

WWBA 2019 Poet-in-Residence Jane Hirshfield will  perform a poetry reading on April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available now. 
Admission to Jane Hirshfield’s poetry reading is included to those enrolled in the Master Class.
This event is part of WWBA’s annual celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday.


This master class/workshop will focus on the way that certain usually intuitive early decisions in writing a poem (grammatical voice, verb tense, tone, choice of structure) create specific invitations that guide whatever will come. A haiku does different work than an ode does, even though both can embody profound emotion. A poem looking backward in time will carry a different set of possibilities than one looking into an imagined future. After exploring a set of model poems for a sense of how this happens, participants will be invited to write (perhaps more than once, depending on time) to an invitation-lattice they’ve consciously chosen. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil, or laptop. No prior preparation required.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry. Hirshfield’s honors include: The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; and (both twice) The California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. In 2012 she was received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Hirshfield’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, and many other publications.
This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council. The program features revered and distinguished contemporary poets who continue to embody Walt Whitman’s spirit of democracy, diversity and creativity.