[Local events] Saturdays 5/28 & 6/4: Writing excursions

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Fri May 27 13:23:05 PDT 2011

It's not too late to sign up for this weekend and next weekend's writing 
excursions sponsored by the Literary Arts program at Multnomah Arts 
Center. (For a complete list of spring and summer excursions, see the 
end of this message.)

*Next up: a gallery crawl in the Pearl District, and a psychogeographic 
exploration of Swan Island.*

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 summer course schedule, go to 

*In Response: Poems on Art*
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.
*Location: Pearl District*
Saturday, May 28   12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Lisa Radon
*Course #345847*

*A Day at Swan Island*
What makes Portland Portland? For an unconventional answer, explore Swan 
Island, an industrial site, active port, former island, and threatened 
ecosystem, with visual artist Nate Orton and writer James Yeary. James 
and Nate will demonstrate the methods used in their ongoing My Day zine 
series, which for seven years has examined sites that define or 
undermine Portland's image. Throughout the walk, the class will 
undertake the artful documentation of the surroundings, generating the 
material for a collaborative My Day project.
*Location: Swan Island*
Saturday, June 4   11:00 am -- 4:00 pm
Nate Orton and James Yeary
*Course # 345848

**Writing Places: Creative Excursions in and around Portland*

/In Response: Poems on Art/ (May 28) -- Lisa Radon
/A Day at Swan Island/ (June 4) -- Nate Orton and James Yeary
/Poems on a Train/ (June 25) -- Joel Bettridge
/Write Like a Bird/ (July 9) -- Jesse Morse
/Fire + Water = Park/ (July 23) -- Jesse Morse and Allison Cobb
/A Day at the Library/ (July 30) -- Nate Orton and James Yeary
/In Response: Poems on Art/ (August 6) -- Lisa Radon
/Borrowed Scenery: The Japanese Garden/ (August 27) -- David Abel
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