[Local events] Sat. 7/30: Library and Pearl writing excursions

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue Jul 26 12:19:31 PDT 2011

/(There are still spaces available in the next two MAC writing 
excursions, to the Central Library on July 30 and in the Pearl District 
on August 6 -- see full descriptions below.)
*Writing Places: Creative Excursions in and around Portland*

*A Day at the Library   (course #352052)*
Nate Orton & James Yeary
/Saturday, July 30, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm/

See the library as a book of its own: read from its resources of 
fiction, fact, art, and music; take as sources the people and pages that 
surround you; and respond in writing and artwork of your own. Writer 
James Yeary and visual artist Nate Orton (authors of the /My Day/ zine 
series) will spend the day with you in the Portland Public library, 
guiding you with models, examples, and exercises.

As with the recent and very successful /Day at Swan Island/ excursion, 
selections from the work produced in this workshop will be compiled and 
published as a collaborative follow-up book to James and Nate's 2009 
volume /My Day at the Library/.

*In Response: Poems on Art**   (course #352053)*
Lisa Radon
/Saturday, August 6, 12:00 -- 4:00 pm/

Spend an afternoon visiting galleries in Portland's Pearl District, 
making poems in response to and in conversation with works of 
contemporary art. Poet, artist, and arts writer Lisa Radon will guide 
you beyond straightforward description, to take a more expansive view of 
what a poetic response to a work of art might be --- stoking the fire 
with related readings, writing experiments and prompts, and a tuning in 
to your own five senses.

For more information, or to register, call 503-823-2787, or go to 
http://tinyurl.com/pdxparksonline where you can access all Portland 
Parks programs. (To download a complete course schedule, go to 
www.multnomahartscenter.org -- the fall schedule should be available in 
a couple of weeks.)

*Upcoming excursions:*
/*Aug. 27*  Borrowed Scenery/ (Portland Japanese Garden) -- David Abel

/The excursion leaders reflect Portland's avant-garde writing community 
and offer unique prose and poetry writing exercises at each place.  It's 
great intellectual stimulation . . . If you want to get a different 
perspective of the metro area, I highly recommend signing up for one or 
more./ -- Artist and writer Paula McNamee
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