Highland Poet Laureateships are one-year volunteer positions, and my term will end, fittingly, at the conclusion of National Poetry Month (April) next year.
Plans (so far!) are as follows:
Painting Poetics at the Promise You Art House (Working Title)
Monday, February 19th, 6:30 – 8 PM
Promise You Art House
In this workshop, poets (all levels are invited) will be introduced to ekphrastic poetry, a form in which poets interact with works of art. We will roam Highland’s new Promise You Art House gallery, seeking inspiration, and then write and workshop our drafts as a supportive writing community. This event will likely require advance registration.
Sacred Space: A Women Writers Workshop
Saturday, March 3rd, 10 AM – 1 PM
Highland Public Library
sacred – adjective | sa-cred | \ ˈsā-krəd \
5b. highly valued and important (Merriam-Webster)
Please dress comfortably, grab your journal and favorite pen (or computer) and join us for a writing workshop that will include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction prompt response writing and discussion in a relaxed and supportive community environment.
The event is in honor of Women’s History Month; however, individuals of all genders are welcome. The workshop is free to attend, but a donation of one store-bought item (cannot be homemade!) for the lunchtime potluck would be greatly appreciated!
Sip 2 Open Mic & Slam (Working Title)
Friday, April 6th, 7 – 10 PM
Sip Coffeehouse and Artisanal Café
Come sip smooth syllables as spoken word artists offer up cups of steaming hot and iced poetry. Evening will include both an open mic and a slam competition. Open mic is free; a small fee will be charged for the slam. Entrance fee will serve as prize money; winner takes all!
All events are free to attend and open to the public.
During National Poetry Month, a large Indiana Poet-themed display, a poetry collection common read (title TBA — stay tuned!) and related discussion event, and more will be available at the Highland Public Library!
Every day in April, the Highland Poet Laureate Facebook page will feature poetry-themed posts, including a special focus on Indiana poets and information about local poetry happenings.
I hope to pull a few other ideas out of my black beret before all is said and done. As always, I am open to suggestions and collaboration; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Send an email, too, if you would like to be added to the e-blast list.
May your 2018 be filled with excellent health, much happiness, and whizz-bang words!