Lorca inspires summer poetry workshop

May 18, 2017

Rockland — Award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis’s annual summer poetry workshop at the Farnsworth Art Museum is set for Monday through Friday, July 17 through 21. Titled After Lorca, the workshop is open to poets and visual artists of all levels.

The week-long workshop with begin with an overview of Federico Garcia Lorca’s life, writings and drawings; and go on to examine the Spanish poets influences — including Buñuel, Dali and Neruda — and those poets he has influenced.

Each day, participants will jump-start new poems influenced, in turn, by the work of Lorca; his theory of cante jondo (“deep song”); and those he has influenced, including modern Arab poets. There will be daily group workshopping of participants’ poems in a supportive environment.

Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently “Narrow River to the North.” She is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda poetry prize. Her “Dear Darwin” manuscript of poems was set to music by composer Scott Brickman and released as a Parma Recordings CD, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy award. Ellis teaches English in the Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono.

After Lorca is limited to 12 participants. Fee is $195, $165 for museum members. For more information or to enroll, contact the Farnsworth at 596-6457 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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