Thursday, August 11, 2005

The October Paris Poetry Workshop

Dear Friends and Fellow Poets,

It's with real pleasure that I invite you to join me in my favorite city on earth for the 4th Paris Poetry Workshop, October 2 - October 6 2005. Anyone who's been to Paris already knows about the inspiration and stimulation of the senses the city affords; and this is a chance to see and experience, to absorb and be absorbed by, a side of Paris not readily accessible to the average tourist -- an opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets.

Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another's creative endeavors. I invite you to become part of this exciting and vibrant community.

Here are the plans as they've come together thus far ...

This 4th Edition of the Paris Poetry Workshop will begin with a welcoming reception at the private home of Adrian Leeds, situated in a 17th-century building in the historical Marais district, on Sunday evening, October 2nd. This informal gathering will give you all a chance to meet one another and to meet many of my Paris-based writer-friends and mingle with the local literati -- English-speaking poets who make their homes and their poems in Paris.

Long time resident Adrian Leeds will give an orientation to the city, including tips on how to get around and how to get along happily with the French. I'll distribute copies of our workshop notebook, which will include a full schedule for the week's activities.

I will be leading workshop sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I'll take participants through a series of writing exercises designed to generate new work specifically related to the sights and sounds of Paris and each poet's experience here. The group will provide feedback on the new work, and we'll also conduct close-critique of the works-in-progress participants will bring along with them for that purpose.

A light lunch will provided and, in the afternoon, we'll gather for a series of talks and discussions about poetry and the creative process led by a number of Europe-based poets and writers, including poet/memoirist Jeffrey Greene, poet and Paris Editor of TIN HOUSE, Heather Hartley, poet and translator Sarah Luczaj, poet/novelist Kathleen Spivack, and others who'll share their work and their personal and creative relationships to Paris.

Mid-week, on Wednesday, we'll break from the regular workshop schedule to spend a day with Paris poet and teacher Jennifer Dick. Jen will lead a workshop on ekphrastic poetry that will include a visit to one of Paris' many art museums. This outing is optional.

In the evenings, there will be readings featuring Paris Poetry Workshop faculty at the famous and historical bookstore, Shakespeare & Company, poets from the Paris poetry community, and the poets of the Paris Poetry Workshop (i.e. you!) another evening. Last spring's reading by workshop participants at a Paris pub proved to be one of the highlights of the literary season.

To register for the workshop and a complete schedule, visit the Parler Paris website. Looking forward to having you there with us in Paris for this exciting event!

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