The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a weeklong poetry writing workshop with the theme of Odes, Curses & Selfies Monday through Friday, June 29 to July 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center, corner of Union and Grace streets.

In this weeklong workshop, participants will read and write poems that are not limited to one kind of language — from odes to curses to poetic “selfies” — to explore the driving force of a poem. Using models of contemporary poets, as well as drawing on the Farnsworth’s current exhibitions and local art galleries, participants will jump-start new poems. There will be in-class exercises and daily group critiques. The class is open to poets and visual artists of all levels; participants should bring personal writing materials to the class.

Workshop leader Kathleen Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently “Narrow River to the North,” and teaches English and in the Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono. The fee for this program is $180, $150 for Farnsworth members. To register, visit

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