May General Speaker Meeting
Music for the Mind's Voice: Poetry for Prose Writers
Guest Speaker: Tess Taylor
Tess Taylor is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry. Her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, and The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning.” Her second book, Work & Days, was hailed as “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Last West, Taylor’s third book, was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art as part of the Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition. Her most recent book, Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press, was hailed “brilliant” by Stephanie Danler in the LA Times and was named one of the best books of 2020 by The Boston Globe. Taylor’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Times Literary Supplement, CNN, and The New York Times. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The International Center for Jefferson Studies. She has been Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. Taylor has also served as on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered for over a decade. Taylor is currently on the faculty of Ashland University’s Low-Res MFA Creative Writing Program. She grew up and lives again in El Cerrito, California.
What does poetry offer us everyday? How does poetry help us understand the core possibilities of language? In this class, we will talk about music, diction, concision and the powerful toolkit poetry offers writers everywhere. What are the tools that poets use, and what can everyone learn by using them? Noted poet Tess Taylor ( you may also know her as NPR’s poetry critic) will talk about the way that poetry is with all of us, even when we don't recognize it, and how poetry animates the base of language itself.REGISTER
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You will receive an invitation to the Zoom online meeting after you have registered and payment is complete. Meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Refunds are not available for this event.
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Event Contact: Kristina Hoffman