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Writing With Power and Verve: Imagery and Poetry

April 20, 2020
6-8 PM

Bremen Public Library
304 N. Jackson St.
Bremen, IN 46506

Callista Buchen will present a poetry workshop, “Writing with Power and Verve: Imagery and Poetry,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at Bremen Public Library.

Buchen is the author of a full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks. Her work appears in numerous journals and she is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award and DIAGRAM’s essay contest. She teaches at Franklin College, where she directs the creative writing program.

The poetry workshop is offered as part of Indiana Humanities’ work with the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, which honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community, and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers.

In this workshop for teens and adults, we’ll explore poems that use imagery as a way to convey and share experiences. Through a series of short prompts and hands-on activities, we’ll consider what makes for effective imagery and how to craft images that will connect with readers. We’ll read poems by fellow Hoosiers like Ross Gay, Alessandra Lynch, and Adrian Matejka, unpacking their use of vivid imagery to understand how writers deploy figurative language to create certain effects. We’ll write our own poems with the help of guided prompts and challenges, finding inspiration in the writing of others, one another, and in the world around us. We’ll share our work-in-progress with one another in small groups and all together, offering feedback, appreciations, and suggestions.

Buchen’s poetry workshop kicks off National Library Week, April 20-25. Special events will be happening all week at Bremen Public Library. Follow the library’s Facebook page or visit our website to keep abreast of the festivities being planned that week.