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Write with Waters

Renowned BOA poet Michael Waters has graciously agreed to be a part of our upcoming Writing Exercises workshop, being held September 17th at the Midtown Athletic Center on East Highland Drive. For anyone not familiar with our workshops, they're a great opportunity to work with a nationally-recognized writer and hone their own craft while at the same time learning from one of the best.  The workshop is open to everyone- beginners, amateurs, published poets, professors, and even those just looking to gain a deeper understanding of what they're reading. What promises to be a fun, lively, group affair, this is not the English class you fell asleep in during high school. Taking his cue from poet Theodore Rothke, Waters' workshop will will focus on the music, integrity and power of the poetic line with an emphasis on the function of rhyme in both traditional and free verse. There will also be plenty of time to discuss any aspects of poetry writing and reading raised by students’ poems. Active participation and collaboration are encouraged and desired. Did I mention lunch is included? Michael Waters' new book Gospel Night lands in mid-September here at BOA, and perhaps you'll even get to hear the poet himself read a bit of it before it officially hits shelves. His previous book, Darling Vulgarity, was a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has published ten collections of poetry in all, and his work has appeared in more journals . A Professor of English at Monmouth University, he also teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. He currently lives with his wife Mihaela in New Jersey and is coming up to Rochester on special request, so make sure not to miss him! Should you find yourself unable to attend the workshop, but would still like to see/meet/stand in awe of Mr. Waters, never fear: you will have the opportunity to do so at the Dine & Rhyme on September 18th, along with BOA Poets Aracelis Girmay and Keetje Kuipers. You can reserve your place in the workshop by calling the Midtown Athletic Center at (585) 461.2300 before September 10th. The workshop will run from 10am to noon, and reservations are $50, lunch included. Spots are going quickly, so make sure to get your name on the list before the chance passes you by.


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