MANZANITA — Last year’s PoetryFest was the first three-day event sponsored by Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts.
“All 24 registration spots filled before we could even get a press release out,” says Phyllis Mannan, one of the event coordinators.
PoetryFest features three days of poetry workshops, writing, reading and networking — all immersed in the inspiration and creativity that a long beach weekend provides. This year’s PoetryFest is set for March 31 to April 2. Registration opens Feb. 15.
The topics for 2017 are “moods” and “modes.”
Workshops will be taught by poets Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey and will focus on understanding poems as modes of expression. Rather than focusing on poems with formalized structure, like sonnets, haiku, villanelle or pantoums, classes will focus on poems that have a mode and governing purpose, like elegies, odes, aubades (love poems about dawn), blazons (poems in which the speaker describes his lover’s body) and epithalamiums (wedding poems). Participants will then pick and invent their own modes of expression and ascribe different tones and feelings to each mode.
Workshops will begin with lecture/discussion and will include ample opportunity for generative writing.
Adamshick is the author of “Curses and Wishes,” which won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets, and “Saint Friend.” Both titles received an Oregon Book Award. He has taught at Catlin Gabel and lectured at Stanford University and the American International School in Vienna, as well as been a writer-in-residence at the William Stafford Archive at Lewis and Clark College. His work has been published in Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review and Narrative. He is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a nonprofit press dedicated to poetry and the preservation of books.
Frey is the author of several poetry collections, including “The Grief Performance,” winner of the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and “Sorrow Arrow,” winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. She teaches at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Marylhurst University, Portland Community College and Portland State University.
Cost for the weekend of workshops and an introductory networking evening on March 31 is $165 if you register before March 15. Cost is $195 if you register after March 15. Register at hoffmanblog.org
PoetryFest will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Ave. For more information, contact Kathie Hightower at firstname.lastname@example.org