The Poem as Journey
A One Day Seminar Presented by Andrea Hollander
Saturday, October 19, 2019
(10 a.m. - 4 p.m. including a 1-hour lunch break)
The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108
A good poem takes the reader on a journey whose destination is unpredictable yet satisfyingly inevitable. Such a journey may feel physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, or some combination of these. Ineffective poems fail to take the reader anywhere—they begin and end in the same place. Or they exist entirely in the mind of the poet or speaker. Nor is the best path the straightest (think interstate highway versus scenic drive).
During this one-day seminar, open to poets at all levels of experience, we will examine a series of masterful poems in order to uncover techniques participants can employ in their own work, and we'll examine participants' in-progress work with an eye toward enriching the journey.
Andrea Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, was a finalist for the 2018 Best Book Awards in Poetry. Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, her 4th collection, was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her first, House Without a Dreamer, won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Hollander’s many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and literary nonfiction), two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, the Vern Rutsala Award, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, and two individual artist fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council. For 22 years Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she taught at both The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series for 6 years before founding the Ambassador Writing Seminars, a series of intensives in poetry and the personal essay that she teaches in her home. Hollander’s website is andreahollander.net.
Cost: $100. Limited to 15 participants.