How To Start a Poem: A Craft Class with Ada Limón

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How To Start a Poem: A Craft Class with Ada Limón

Poetry craft class with Ada Limon!

By EWU's Get Lit! Programs

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Friday, April 21 · 1:30 - 3:30pm PDT


Spokane Public Library - Central 906 West Main Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

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About this event

Join us for an extremely rare and exciting opportunity to learn how to create a poem from scratch in this intimate craft class taught by the current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Ada’s role as Poet Laureate is to “raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” In this class, which can be attended by poets at any stage of their writing career, Ada will address the daunting task of beginning a poem with a blank page—how do you find inspiration? How do you know what you want to say? How do you create emotionally charged imagery that will make readers want to return to your poetry again and again? Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, who appoints the poet laureate, said that “Ada’s accessible, engaging poems ground us in where we are and who we share our world with. They speak of intimate truths, of the beauty and heartbreak that is living, in ways that help us move forward.” Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend two hours learning about poetry from our US Poet Laureate and festival headliner Ada Limón!

About the organizer

Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit literary arts organization housed within Eastern Washington University. Our program is responsible for Get Lit! Festival, the region’s only annual week-long literary festival. Get Lit! has grown over the last twenty years from a single day of back-to-back readings to a four day celebration of literature that brings a diverse line up of highly sought-after authors to our region, while also highlighting our talented local literary community. The festival offers free and low cost readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and much more. Get Lit! Programs also runs Writers in Residence, a program that places published authors in local schools to teach 10-week creative writing courses to students who may not normally have access to a creative writing curriculum. It is our mission, both in our festival programming and our educational outreach, to advance the arts, celebrate diversity, and empower creativity.

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