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North Carolina Arts Council North Carolina: The Creative State http://www.ncarts.org Follow us on Twitter: @NCArtsCouncil
North Carolina is known throughout the world for its pottery traditions, literary legacy, Southern Appalachian music traditions, jazz, blues and gospel heritage, and an abundance of artists and arts institutions. Recognizing the state’s rich cultural climate, the Arts Council was established to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention and prosperity. In 1967 the Arts Council published its first survey of the arts in the state. There were 17 local arts councils and 233 other arts organizations.
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Click and scroll down to see Darion Fleming's "Pure'll Gold" mural in Charlotte, North Carolina!
05/07/2020
Street Art Confronts the Pandemic

Click and scroll down to see Darion Fleming's "Pure'll Gold" mural in Charlotte, North Carolina!

From Norway to Colorado, street artists depict a world of masks and hand-washing (and toilet paper). One recurrent theme: a deep appreciation of health care workers.

North Carolina filmmakers, film lovers, and film advocates: there is no time like the present to stay engaged with film ...
05/07/2020

North Carolina filmmakers, film lovers, and film advocates: there is no time like the present to stay engaged with film trends, needs, and opportunities in our state. Next week, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and ​Cucalorus Film Foundation continue their virtual 2020 NC Film Forum​s on Wednesday, May 13th at 5:30pm. ⁣

May’s session is entitled “Strategy Shift” and will include an in-depth look at what filmmakers, film festivals, distributors, and art-house cinemas are doing to adapt their business strategies during the Coronavirus pandemic. The featured guest for May is Lela Meadow-Conner, the Executive Director of the ​Film Festival Alliance​. Meadow-Conner will share insights and updates from festivals around the world along with valuable data from distributors and other industry stakeholders like FilmFreeway and the Academy of Motion Pictures. Registration is free and required. Sign up at www.Cucalorus.org.

Artists and arts organizations are facing incredibly difficult questions about the sustainability of their work because ...
05/07/2020
Arts Crisis Management Webinar | Department of Music

Artists and arts organizations are facing incredibly difficult questions about the sustainability of their work because of the pandemic. This free webinar will introduce tools to help the arts community navigate today's economic crisis and traditional crises arts ventures encounter.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. Register now at the link below.

Arts Crisis Management Webinar   NC State Department of Music presents Survive to Thrive: Planning for Crises in the Arts Free webinar for artists, arts business leaders and entrepreneurs Tuesday, May 12 at 3pm   Register for the webinar   Artists and arts organizations are facing cancelled event...

Artists will find a way to connect and innovate. We've always known that, but its become all the more clear in this era ...
05/06/2020
A New Vision of the Music Business in the Era of Coronavirus

Artists will find a way to connect and innovate. We've always known that, but its become all the more clear in this era of social distancing.

In his latest post for Come Hear North Carolina, David Menconi reports on the rise of virtual performances in the era of #COVID19.

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Big news. The Center for Craft just announced a Craft Futures Fund, a new grant opportunity supporting craft communities...
05/06/2020
Center for Craft Introduces Craft Futures Fund

Big news. The Center for Craft just announced a Craft Futures Fund, a new grant opportunity supporting craft communities and their creative response to COVID-19.

These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. The Craft Futures Fund will award up to six project grants, or $30,000, each month from May – October 2020.

Learn more about the grant at the link below.

A new grant supporting creative responses to COVID-19 for craft communities.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Tamara Holmes Brothers will be joining the North Carolina Arts Council as our Deput...
05/06/2020

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Tamara Holmes Brothers will be joining the North Carolina Arts Council as our Deputy Director! Dr. Brothers comes to the us from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where she is Director of Development & Major Gifts.

In addition to her experience at one of the premier visual art museums in the state, Dr. Brothers worked as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations where she led development efforts and played a central role in achieving the university’s capital campaign goals.⁣

Dr. Brothers is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and has a bachelor's degree in art and a Ph.D. from Hampton University. Her dissertation at Hampton focused on the potential of arts integration to help students learn more effectively. She also has a master's degree in sport management from West Virginia University, a certificate in historic preservation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a certificate in art as an alternate investment from Sotheby’s Art Institute, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.⁣

As a volunteer, Dr. Brothers serves as a member of the boards of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the North Carolina Arts Foundation, Arts North Carolina, and the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and on the national advisory board of Museum Hue, an arts platform for professionals of color. She was the second African American female president of the West Fayetteville Rotary Club and is a former member of the boards of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, a former member of the City of Fayetteville’s Historic Resources Commission, and a founding steering committee member of the Friends of African & African American Art at the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council. She was president of the board of the Hampton University Museum Foundation.⁣

Photo by J Caldwell. Courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.⁣

05/05/2020
NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

From the bottom of our hearts we thank all the teachers across North Carolina who are working day and night to keep our students engaged and learning during this unprecedented time. You are the definition of essential workers, and you inspire us every day!

#TeacherAppreciationDay

We want to acknowledge all of the incredible teachers in North Carolina for all you do. Thank you for your courage, innovation, and dedication to helping students learn and grow. We’re grateful for and inspired by you.

We want you to know how much we appreciate you. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

DIY: turn your junk mail into toilet paper. A tutorial by Wilmington-based artist Fritzi Huber.
05/05/2020
Diary of a Pandemic: Fritzi Huber, April 30, 2020

DIY: turn your junk mail into toilet paper. A tutorial by Wilmington-based artist Fritzi Huber.

Paper artist Fritzi Huber gives a tutorial on how to turn junk mail into toilet paper. In the weeks ahead, we will share first-person accounts of how the coronavirus is affecting the lives of North Carolinians through video diaries, photos & essays.

05/05/2020
The Heart of Asheville - by the Asheville Symphony

The Asheville Symphony captured the spirit of Asheville in their new virtual tribute to the city. Beautiful.

Watch "The Heart of Asheville" now!

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar ©1983 by Swinging Door Music Created by Darko Butorac, Music Director, Asheville Symphony Violin solo by Jason Posnock, concert...

DEADLINE ALERT: The 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival - which showcases films by American Indians - will move to a virtual...
05/04/2020
Lumbee Film Festival

DEADLINE ALERT: The 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival - which showcases films by American Indians - will move to a virtual format on July 2-4. Filmmakers can submit films of any length or genre to the festival by May 8.

The 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place July 2-4, 2020 at the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub (Thomas E-Hub) in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bol...

Great teachers foster great learners AND great people. It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, and we want to thank every single ...
05/04/2020

Great teachers foster great learners AND great people. It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, and we want to thank every single educator across North Carolina for the time, heart, and knowledge they share with each and every one of us, but particularly our young people.

Photo from A+ Schools - North Carolina's R.N. Harris Elementary in Durham, N.C.

We are thrilled to announce that Come Hear North Carolina's Under One Roof Music Festival raised $50,000 to support arti...
05/01/2020

We are thrilled to announce that Come Hear North Carolina's Under One Roof Music Festival raised $50,000 to support artists across North Carolina whose work has been disrupted by COVID-19. Thank you for caring. Thank you for giving. ⁣

Endless thanks to our partners at CLTure and Markay Media, and to the musicians, filmmakers, and poets who shared their gifts to make Under One Roof such a success. These artists are incredibly talented, and perhaps more importantly at this moment, incredibly generous to have participated.

We think our A+ Schools of North Carolina team gets an A+ for their #GettyMuseumChallenge creations! Wouldn't you agree?...
04/30/2020

We think our A+ Schools of North Carolina team gets an A+ for their #GettyMuseumChallenge creations! Wouldn't you agree?

Explore other submissions here: https://bit.ly/2VRzDR3

We think our A+ Schools of North Carolina team gets an A+ for their #GettyMuseumChallenge creations! Wouldn't you agree?

Explore other submissions here: https://bit.ly/2VRzDR3

04/29/2020
Pt. 3: North Carolina Artists Speak about COVID-19

In advance of Under One Roof Music Festival, Markay Media asked artists across the state to speak about how they were thinking about and dealing with #COVID19. Here's the first installment of what they heard from the field.

You can support North Carolina artists by giving to the North Carolina Arts Foundation here: www.paypal.me/NCarts.

Your donation will be shared with nonprofits that are helping artists through this unprecedented time

04/28/2020

Under One Roof - A Benefit for North Carolina Artists

Support North Carolina musicians and artists by donating here: https://www.paypal.me/NCarts

North Carolina Arts Council, ComeHearNC.com and CLTure present "Under One Roof," a livestream benefit concert for North Carolina artists.

04/28/2020
Pt. 2: North Carolina Artists Speak about COVID-19

In advance of Under One Roof Music Festival, Markay Media asked artists across the state to speak about how they were thinking about and dealing with #COVID19. Here's the first installment of what they heard from the field.

You can support North Carolina artists by giving to the North Carolina Arts Foundation here: www.paypal.me/NCarts.

Your donation will be shared with nonprofits that are helping artists through this unprecedented time.

04/28/2020

Watch Day 1 of Under One Roof Music Festival featuring Ben Folds, The Hamiltones, Little Brother, Mandolin Orange, and The Harvey Cummings Project! 🏡☀️🎶 Tune in tonight at 8 p.m.!

North Carolina Arts Council, ComeHearNC.com and CLTure present "Under One Roof," a livestream benefit concert for North Carolina artists.

All proceeds benefit North Carolina musicians and artists: https://www.paypal.me/NCarts

Friday:

Intro
The Harvey Cummings Project
Markay Media video
Ben Folds Interview
Ben Folds performance
Mandolin Orange Music at the Mansion
The Hamiltones Q&A
The Hamiltones performance
Little Brother Q&A
Little Brother Music Video Premiere

Filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers: Southern Documentary Fund will award ten Emergency Research and Development grants o...
04/27/2020
South Arts

Filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers: Southern Documentary Fund will award ten Emergency Research and Development grants of $5,000 each, made possible with the funding support of the MacArthur Foundation. Available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Deadline to apply June 7, 2020.

Filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers: Southern Documentary Fund will award ten Emergency Research and Development grants of $5,000 each, made possible with the funding support of the MacArthur Foundation. Available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Deadline to apply June 7, 2020.

04/26/2020
CLTure

Tune in to our final night of Under One Roof Music Festival, Anthony Hamilton, Joe Troop of Che Apalache, Jim Lauderdale, Petey Pablo, and Fantasia.

If you want to join our effort to support North Carolina Artists impacted by #COVID19, give now to the North Carolina Arts Foundation at www.paypal.me/NCarts.

Under One Roof Music Festival raised $50,000 to support artists across North Carolina with all proceeds being distributed to artist relief efforts! Official release: https://bit.ly/2VQZWqv

Watch the final night featuring Anthony Hamilton, Petey Pablo, Jim Lauderdale, Fantasia, Joe Troop of Che Apalache, Rhiannon Giddens, Scott Avett, and more!

North Carolina Arts Council, Come Hear North Carolina, and CLTure present "Under One Roof," a livestream benefit concert for North Carolina artists.

Support the cause: https://www.paypal.me/NCarts

The final night of Under One Roof: A Virtual Benefit Concert for North Carolina Artists goes down tonight. Anthony Hamil...
04/26/2020
Anthony Hamilton Headlines North Carolina's 'Under One Roof' Virtual Concert

The final night of Under One Roof: A Virtual Benefit Concert for North Carolina Artists goes down tonight. Anthony Hamilton, the Grammy Award-winning artist from Charlotte, N.C., spoke on his participation - and the importance of supporting artists during this pandemic - with WFAE this week.

There has not been a lot of entertainment going on in the Queen City these past couple of months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a lot of artists and

The final night of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceed...
04/26/2020

The final night of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause!

The final night of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceed...
04/26/2020

The final night of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause!

04/26/2020
Pt. 1: North Carolina Artists Speak about COVID-19

In advance of Under One Roof Music Festival, Markay Media asked artists across the state to speak about how they were thinking about and dealing with #COVID19. Here's the first installment of what they heard from the field.

You can support North Carolina artists by giving to the North Carolina Arts Foundation here: www.paypal.me/NCarts.

Your donation will be shared with nonprofits that are helping artists through this unprecedented time.

Night two of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds rais...
04/25/2020

Night two of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause! www.PayPal.me/NCarts

Night two of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds rais...
04/25/2020

Night two of Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause!

Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to...
04/24/2020

Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause!

Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to...
04/24/2020

Under One Roof, a benefit concert for North Carolina artists, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. All proceeds raised will go to nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina that have established artist relief funds in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details on how to stream the concert here: https://bit.ly/3adDyeP

Tune in and consider donating to this cause!

"What I'm hoping is that when this pandemic is over, we as a nation might rethink how we are so fascinated with the idea...
04/22/2020
Lessons Of Gardening And Grieving With Jaki Shelton Green

"What I'm hoping is that when this pandemic is over, we as a nation might rethink how we are so fascinated with the ideal of rugged individualism and accept that the world is indeed very interconnected. I think that every day people are making these connections," says N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.

Abundance emerges even in catastrophe. The earth is telling us so. Emphatic evidence now shows itself following the first warm rains. What plans did winter

Happy Earth Day. We are endlessly inspired by the beauty of the planet and we know you are too. 📷 and natural color whee...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day. We are endlessly inspired by the beauty of the planet and we know you are too.

📷 and natural color wheels by Caroline Asher

Bingeable, thrilling, and escapist are just a few words that describe Netflix's new show "Outer Banks." Though it wasn't...
04/21/2020
Wilmington creator talks about release of 'Outer Banks' on Netflix - WWAY TV

Bingeable, thrilling, and escapist are just a few words that describe Netflix's new show "Outer Banks." Though it wasn't filmed here, the show was created by North Carolinians, and it contains many shout outs to our home state!

Are you watching?

The Netflix Original series 'Outer Banks' premiered on Wednesday. The creator and writer of the show Jonas Pate resides in Wilmington.

Musician and arts educator Shana Tucker pulls back the curtain on the realities of being an artist during the Covid-19 p...
04/21/2020
Art In Isolation: A Raleigh Artist On Creating Music And Finding Community During Coronavirus

Musician and arts educator Shana Tucker pulls back the curtain on the realities of being an artist during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We appreciate North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC's coverage of how the pandemic is impacting the arts industry.

Red-tipped hair swept to the side, Shana Tucker bites her lower lip before looking back at the camera. “I learned today that someone that I grew up with is

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FREE MEMBERSHIP PERIOD NOW OPEN... PLEASE SHARE: As previously mentioned, NAPAMA (the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) wants as many folks as possible to take advantage of the helpful content we're creating and sharing during this special time, so we are making FREE NAPAMA MEMBERSHIP available until June 30, 2020 to all in the performing arts (agent-managers, artists, presenters, students, consultants, and others) who may be interested, with commensurate three-month complimentary membership extensions for our existing members). No strings attached, but just an opportunity to connect as deeply as possible in a time where connection means everything. Free access to our Members Only Facebook Group, new COVID-related webinar content, mentorship.... whether you're newly interested OR a former member who let membership expire, please visit https://napama.org/join.php and signup via the new registration form... we look forward to welcoming you to our family!
Can you please publish instructions on how to get Corona related payments to all of us independent gigging musicians. Where to call and how to register. Thank you.
Due to recent developments with coronavirus in North Carolina, we have rescheduled the Gathering of Poets for the weekend of Sept 5th. From the time the first coronavirus case appeared in the U.S. in January we have been maintaining a close watch on the developing situation. We have repeatedly contacted officials from the local and state health departments, as well as been in constant contact with our friends at the Brookstown Inn, insuring all preparations exceeded even the recommendations by the NC State Health Department. But when the cases grew beyond two isolated individuals, and the Governor declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina we felt we could not, in good conscience host the Gathering of Poets in March. In the interest of public and personal health and safety we decided early this week to reschedule. That may mean we lose some money but so be it. Some things - many things - are far more important than money. Because of the travel required for many faculty and attendees, we quickly realized that only by rescheduling could we ensure the safety of our attendees — some of whom have been attending The Gathering for each of our ten years and are like family. The faculty, their agents, the participants, and the Brookstown Inn all pitched in, and we were able to reschedule the entire conference within 48 hours. As not all participants will be able to fit it into their schedule, we may have a few openings for September’s conference, but we'll let you know more later. For now, please take care of yourselves and stay vigilant, make wise choices, and keep in mind your health is more important than any writing workshop, especially when workshops can be rescheduled. And please wash your hands. We thank everyone who was involved in this massive reorganization in such an expedient way. We will see you in September! Richard Krawiec, Jacar Press Melissa Hassard, Sable Books
"a magnificent novel of relentless love and cruelty... Focused on a society that led us like cattle to the abattoir of hate..." Excited to have a rave review of my novel Paria, which they identify as part of a trilogy, in France's largest weekly News magazine. Their version of Time or Newsweek. This novel had its genesis back when I received an NCAC Literary Fellowship. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9G-2m8qsoC/…
Support the Arts!!! Especially young people and education!!! #education #jazz #festival
"One of the most beautiful writers in American literature." Thrilled to be recommended by this Paris Bookshop. Merci Beaucoup, Delamain Bookstore.
Celebrating Poetry & Visual Art at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville on February 26, 2020! Looking forward to welcoming Kakalak 2019 poets & artists to the Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic stage, with Anne Kaylor as special guest co-host representing the Kakalak 2019 editors. Hope you’ll join us! Click on event for more info & please mark yourself “Going.” Cheers! https://facebook.com/events/s/kakalak-2019-poets-artists-wat/2679453345495456/?ti=icl
"(Paria) recounts the outcasts. Without blush but with empathy. And the love story he describes there is as beautiful as it is dramatic. It is the story of two children whose violence in the world they live in steals their innocence. "We knew that Richard Krawiec was an extraordinary writer. Here he confirms what was often thought without expressing it clearly: he is a great writer... I am so grateful for this thoughtful, engaged review of Paria by Yan Encoredunoir. I will post the Google translated version below. "After Dandy and Vulnerable, it is an understatement to say that we did not expect Richard Krawiec to write a romantic comedy. That's good, he apparently doesn't want to. With Paria, Krawiec continues its exploration of the margins of American society, to paint the portrait of those who evolve there..... Stewart - Stewie - Rome, former mayor of the small industrial town in the northeast of the United States in which he grew up, is haunted by a horrible news story: "Masha Kucinzki? Take out the violins, light the candles, play cheesy pieces - all the shots you want. But during the fall of 1967, she was my secret girlfriend, the first and only true love in my life. As for Emmett Turner, he foolishly believed that I was his best white friend. " On October 14, 1967, upon arriving at the lycée, Macha was brutally attacked. Hit, stabbed, raped. Emmett had the ideal culprit: accused of assault and, above all, black. "Today I speak to leave an injury. Said Stewie. Pariah is this wound still alive for decades afterwards. It is the story of this year 1967, of this city, of a friendship betrayed with constancy, of a disappointed love, of the way in which America manufactures its outcasts, Italians, Irish, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Poles ... some take the place of others when they climb a step in the underworld in which they all live. Then there are the blacks, eternal outcasts, and the women who are denied the right to exist outside the place that men are willing to assign to them. Stewie, he climbed the ladder. For this, he also walked on the others. Twisted narrator, manipulator, he grew up in a world where he says, you can only be a predator or a prey. Who is he really? His story will gradually let him glimpse. But above all Richard Krawiec, once again, recounts the outcasts. Without blush but with empathy. And the love story he describes there is as beautiful as it is dramatic. It is the story of two children whose violence in the world they live in steals innocence. All this makes Paria a book of deep darkness at the same time as of great beauty, sublimated by a writing both sensitive and cruel precision when it comes to describing cowardice, abandonment and the way shame and hate eat away. Everything here, from Stewie's relationships with his parents, Emmet and Masha, to the description of the educational institution and the neighborhood of the newcomers, through the compromises and betrayals of the narrator also adds to a constant tension behind the beauty formal work. We knew that Richard Krawiec was an extraordinary writer. Here he confirms what was often thought without expressing it clearly: he is a great writer."
Still a few spaces open. Ilya Kaminsky, Traci Brimhall, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Brian Turner, Helene Cardona, Jess Traynor. 4 workshops, breakfast and lunch included. March 27-29, Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem Ilya Kaminsky – Conversations in the Air If Shakespeare learned from Ovid and Ancient Greek drama, if Whitman & Dickinson learned from the Bible and hymns, if Eliot learned from the French, if many contemporary American and British poets learned from Chinese and South American poets — what about us? Where is our place in this conversation? What can we take from it for our work?... Traci Brimhall – Between Wilderness and Clarity: How to Tune Your Tension Every writer has their strengths, but we often tend to over-rely on what we already know we do well. In this workshop we will focus more on how to create a balance of tension in poems. We will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and music, emotion and intellect... Kamilah Aisha Moon – Objects as Portals into Memory Through a series of inter-related writing prompts and the close study of sample poems by poets such as Yusef Komunyakaa, Victoria Redel, Martin Espada and Marge Piercy, we will explore strange, deeply affecting ways to say what we need to say to those who matter most to us through poetry... Brian Turner – Figure Studies Just as studio artists might move their easels around a given subject in order to frame the most intriguing gesture or moment, we’ll do a series of poetic variations on a subject in order to glean insights into different generative approaches and lenses...we’ll consider elements of craft that can aid or hinder us in our exploration of temporal and spatial landscapes... Hélène Cardona – Unlocking the Mysterious Universe of Dreams The word ‘reader’ has its origin in the Old English rædere, meaning: interpreter of dreams. Mining your dreams (or fragments of dreams), we will generate creative, therapeutic, and cathartic blueprints for poems. Meet your self, your selves...Dive deep into your psyche... Jessica Traynor – Dramatising the Self Poet Jessica Traynor spent a decade working with playwrights in the Literary Department of the Abbey Theatre; Ireland’s national theatre founded by Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats. What can the art of the dramatic monologue teach us in terms of shaping our poetic subject matter?...
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