In Rochester for a special reading from Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions, 2009), poet Matthew Shenoda will follow-up his reading at Monroe Community College with a master class on the poetry of travel on Friday, April 8 at Midtown Athletic Club. The third installment of Writing Exercises -- BOA Edition's popular new writing workshop series -- Shenoda's class will inspire participants to draw upon their own travel experiences to capture on the page adventures experienced in distant and not-so-distant lands. Great travel writing can be almost as fun as traveling. Through prose and poetry, we can experience new places, meet people, and gain a deeper understanding of our world. American Book Award-winning BOA-poet Matthew Shenoda lives in Los Angeles and travels regularly, including frequent trips to visit family in Egypt. His writing workshop will help you to turn your own travels – even if they’re only a trip down the street! – into poetry that will shine new light on your own adventures and allow you to share them with others. Past Writing Exercises' instructors have included BOA-poets Christopher Kennedy and Sean Thomas Dougherty and the inimitable Gary Lutz. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to work closely with a BOA author to exercise your creative muscles and learn new techniques to energize your writing. FRIDAY, APRIL 8 6:00-8:30 PM Cost is $50 and includes dinner. For sign-up, call Midtown Athletic Club at 585.461.2300 Matthew Shenoda’s poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation. Shenoda's debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Introduction by Sonia Sanchez) was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and is the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, as well as a 2006 American Book Award. His latest collection, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, was published in fall 2009 from BOA Editions. Shenoda lectures widely and has taught extensively in the fields of Ethnic Studies and Creative Writing and is currently Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and Professor in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
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