Poetry: This is My Letter to the World (Workshop, Fort Collins Book Fest)

Event Type: Special Events
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 10/19/2018
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM
 Instructor: Jenny Browne
While Congress and the U.S. Postal Service debate ending Saturday delivery and many mourn the lost art of letter writing, contemporary poets continue to explore and expand the artful possibilities of writing in the epistolary mode. If the earliest epistolary poetry of Ovid and Horace framed many of the debates about “letter poems” that persist today, more experimental epistolary writing both remains in conversation with the history of the form, and breaks from it. Registration required.

This workshop will provide a chance to read (and write) our way through a range of questions about letter poems, including: What do the differences between epistles that suggest themselves as communication to an actual person and those that are obviously fiction mean for both writers and readers? Does an epistolary poem have to be an actual letter? How does the understanding of an external audience affect the content of an epistle? If a poem actually wasn’t sent to someone, does it “count” as a letter? Why bother framing a poem as a letter at all?

Presented as part of the 2018 Fort Collins Book Fest: The Big Think. More information:
Library: Old Town Library
Location: Large Meeting Room Combo
Registration Ends: 10/18/2018 at 5:00 PM
Contact: Anne Macdonald
Contact Number: 2048403
Presenter: Jenny Browne
Status: Closed
Please Note
  • Attendee must be 16 Years or older.

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