LiTFUSE 2012

LiTFUSE:  Poets' Workshop

September 21-23, 2012 - Tieton, WA

YES!  MY MUSE CRAVES LiTFUSE! 

To read Christopher Howell's provocative KEYNOTE ADDRESS to the Poet's Banquet, CLICK HERE.

To see FACULTY BIOs, CLICK HERE.

2012 SCHEDULE (didn't we have fun!) -

Friday, September 21.

1:00 – 1:30            Registration – Harvest Hall

1:30 – 5:00            Christopher Howell – Master Class – Harvest Hall – An intensive writing workshop focused on ways to improve our work in progress. Each participant should submit 1-2 poems in advance (not exceeding two pages), and bring thirteen copies to the workshop.  Preregistration required; enrollment limited to twelve - This class is now FULL.  

1:30 – 5:00            Kathleen Flenniken – Master Class – Paper Hammer – In this class we will focus on generating new material.  In workshop, we’ll focus on what we see happening in each piece and then make specific suggestions for re-vision and re-imagining.  Bring writing materials, a sense of humor, and the willingness to try new things. Preregistration required; enrollment limited to twelve - This class is now FULL.

6:00 – 7:45            Registration – Harvest Hall

6:00 – 7:20            Dinner (for purchase) – Harvest Hall

6:40 – 7:00            Dan Peters – Faculty reading / talk / performance – Harvest Hall.

7:00 – 7:20            Priscilla Long – Faculty reading / talk / performance – Harvest Hall.

7:30 – 9:30            Doug Johnson - Asian Brush Art – Paper Hammer – Preregistration recommended; enrollment limited to ten. FULL.

7:30 – 9:30            LiTFUSE Open Slam, MC’d by Karen Finneyfrock – Harvest Hall – Open to the Public & Free.

Saturday, September 22.

7:49 a.m.            Autumn Equinox

8:00 – 10:00            Registration – Warehouse Atrium

8:00 – 10:00            LiTFUSE Cafe – Warehouse Atrium

8:15 – 8:40            Michael Schein & Carol Trenga – Welcome & Autumnal Equilibration – Warehouse Ring Room

8:50 – 10:30            First Breakout Session (Choose one)

Holly Hughes – Making Room to Write in a Crowded World: Mindfulness & Writing Practice – Harvest Hall -  How do we create space for writing in a world crowded with so many distractions? By creating more space in your life—through mindfulness and other contemplative practices — you will also naturally find more detailed, original material to draw upon for your poems. Using my recently published book, The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, I’ll show how incorporating the principles of mindfulness practice into one’s writing practice can create more space for authentic creative work.  Together, we’ll explore how mindfulness practice can be part of your writing practice and you’ll leave with some new writing, as well as a list of writing and contemplative prompts. No meditation experience necessary.     

Karen Finneyfrock - Poem Interrupted: Using Broken Form – Paper Hammer – When a form poem is created and then intentionally broken, a new invention is made. Using Sherman Alexie’s Monosonnet for Rodents, Interrupted and Gentrification as our inspiration, we will make and then break our own form poems.

Dan Peters – Ekphrasis:  Poems from Images – Warehouse - We’ll use the art of Mighty Tieton as well as TALL WOMAN LOOKING - Blue Begonia Press's latest book - to inspire our poetry.  Please arrive ready to write. 

10:40 – 12:10            Second Breakout Session (Choose one)

Priscilla Long – The Music of Language – Harvest Hall – Techniques and Moves to put more music into your poems. We will look at the vowel scale, slant rhymes and verbal neighbors, the line of poetry as a line of music, and moves such as gathering diction that will help you ramp up the musicality of your poetry. Come prepared to write.

Kathleen Flenniken – Poetry in the Classroom - Paper Hammer – You want to spread the poetry word, and you have the opportunity to be a visiting poet in a classroom.  What next?  Here are some thoughts about how to design a poetry lesson for K-12, possible obstacles, a couple of sample lessons and warm-ups, and lots of encouragement.

Katharine Whitcomb – Collaborative Poetry – Warehouse - Writing in response to art, and the art of responding. This is a workshop to facilitate fresh approaches to ekphrastic poetry. We will address the challenges of using content to which the reader may not have access, and explore the effect of using persona in ekphrastic poetry, among other techniques.

Michael Schein - New Work Discussion - Warehouse - Bring your new work to read and discuss.  Michael will serve as facilitator of this self-directed workshop.

12:10 – 1:20             Lunch (not included) – LiTFUSE Cafe (Warehouse Atrium).

12:10 – 7:00            LiTFUSE Bookstore – Warehouse Atrium

12:50-1:10            Jim Bertolino – Faculty Reading .– Paper Hammer / talk / performance

1:20 – 2:50            Third Breakout Session (Choose one)

Katharine Whitcomb – A Sense of Place: Writing poetry about the landscape of home in new modes and vehicles  - Paper Hammer –  A presentation of A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology, an anthology in GoogleEarth format comprised of poems about particular places in Washington State. We will explore the different thematic approaches and poetic techniques used by the poets in this anthology and write our own poems about place in Washington, particularly the Yakima River.

Jim Bertolino –  Images on the Edge: A Poetry Writing Workshop (reprise) - Harvest Hall – We will develop images that will energize your poems, and create a lasting impact for the reader or listener. We'll examine what kind of language is most effective for a given image, and utilize sound repetition and echo to make the image irresistible. Each workshop participant should expect to go home with three new poems.

Karen Finneyfrock – Performing the Poem – Warehouse - There is a world of poetry performance beyond pacing the diction. In this workshop we will practice the quantifiable tricks that good performers use to engage the audience, but we will also touch on the ineffable quality that makes some people entrancing on stage.

3:00 – 4:30            Fourth Breakout Session (Choose one)

Kathleen Flenniken – The Documentary Poem – Harvest Hall - How do we begin to take on history in a poem?  We'll look at some documentary poems, talk about the genre, a list of titles, techniques, and try some experiments in class.

Priscilla Long –Science & Poetry - Paper Hammer – How can the poet use science to deepen subject matter and diverge from the usual? What could possibly be poetic about the Big Bang or the DNA molecule? What is personal about science? (Answer: Everything.) What can a poet get from science? (Answer: A new body of work, possibly a book.) 

Holly Hughes – Making Room to Write in a Crowded World: Mindfulness & Writing Practice (Reprise) – Warehouse -  How do we create space for writing in a world crowded with so many distractions? By creating more space in your life—through mindfulness and other contemplative practices — you will also naturally find more detailed, original material to draw upon for your poems. Using my recently published book, The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, I’ll show how incorporating the principles of mindfulness practice into one’s writing practice can create more space for authentic creative work.  Together, we’ll explore how mindfulness practice can be part of your writing practice and you’ll leave with some new writing, as well as a list of writing and contemplative prompts. No meditation experience necessary. 

Plenary Session – Warehouse Ring Room

4:40 – 5:00            Karen Finneyfrock – Faculty reading / talk / performance

5:00 – 5:20            Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate – Faculty reading / talk / performance

5:20 – 6:10            Christian Swenson – Human Jazz – Not to be missed!  Since 1980 Christian has been creating and performing solo works for body and voice, our original instruments. The work is unique in its cross-cultural synthesis of theater, dance and music and its willingness to unbridle the imagination. He creates shows where freedom is more important than conflict, and within which continual transformations can take place. Creating, shaping, reacting, transforming until the separation between real and imagined evaporates; the artform as lifeform. Christian has developed new modes through improvisation, to reunite compositional forms for theater, dance, and music that have grown separate from each other and feel too domesticated. He plays his bodyvoice as Jimi Hendrix played his guitar.

6:10 – 7:00            Schmooze & Molt – No-host bar – Warehouse Atrium

7:10 – 9:00            The LiTFUSE Poets’ Banquet – Harvest Hall – Keynote by Christopher Howell – Taste, Fad, and the Criminal Life.

Sunday, September 23.

8:00 – 9:30              LiTFUSE Cafe – Warehouse Atrium

8:30 – 9:45            Fifth Breakout Session (Choose one)

Morning Coffee with Christopher Howell – Harvest Hall – In an informal coffeehouse atmosphere, come talk craft, publication, art & life with one of the Northwest’s finest poets and teachers.

Human Jazz:  A Movement Workshop with Christian Swenson – Paper Hammer Garden  (Warehouse if weather is bad)

9:55 – 10:25            Katharine Whitcomb & Holly J. Hughes – Faculty reading / talk / performance – Harvest Hall.

10:35 – 12:15            Sixth Breakout Session (Choose one)

Holly J. Hughes – A Few Approaches to Revision – Harvest Hall - Come enjoy a lively discussion of forty-three ways to look again, forty-three ways to see what else a piece of writing might become. 

Jim Bertolino – Pantoums and Split Pantoums: A Poetry Writing Workshop - Paper Hammer - The Pantoum is a traditional form that typically achieves its elegance through formal repetition, rather than through metrics and rhyme. A full Pantoum is comprised of 20 or more lines, with four-line stanzas, while the Split Pantoum (which I invented) has 10 lines. 

Dan Peters – A Love So Large – Warehouse – Writing love poetry with a little help from everyone from Armitage to Addonizio.  A class full of fun & passion!  

12:15 – 1:20            Lunch (not included) – LiTFUSE Cafe (Warehouse Atrium). Includes announcement of the 2013 LiTFUSE Faculty, and 1st chance to pre-register for 2013!

1:30 – 2:30          LiTFUSE Open Mic! – Harvest Hall – Sign-up at the LiTFUSE Café starting at 12:15.  We’ll take the first 14 poets, 3-4 minutes each.             

2:30 – 3:00            Featured Faculty Reading by Christopher Howell – Harvest Hall

3:00 – 3:15            Faculty booksigning – Harvest Hall

Hugs, kisses, farewells

As the spirit moves you:  Blue Begonia Poetry Pole to post poems & tour the press:  311 Hilcrest Drive, Selah

Note:  Schedule subject to change.


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