Beginning Monday, March 12, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a weeklong poetry workshop led by award-winning poet Kathleen Ellis. The Flexing Your Muscles workshop will run through Friday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, corner of Union and Grace streets.

Participants will expand their range of poetry writing styles and explore new strategies for re-energizing their work by creating and stretching tension and surprise. Using models of contemporary poems and current exhibits at the Farnsworth, writers will jump-start new poems based on what they see, read, imagine and re-vision. Poets and visual artists of all levels are welcome.

Ellis has published five collections of poetry including a new chapbook, last fall’s “Outer-Body Travel.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission; and poems from her manuscript “Dear Darwin” were set to music and released as a Parma Recordings CD, nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. She teaches literature and poetry writing at the University of Maine in Orono.

The fee for this program is $195, $165 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

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