Explore the ‘poetry of place’The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and Cloquet Public Library invite you to a poetry reading at noon, and poetry workshop at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Apri1 4, at the Cloquet Public Library.
The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and Cloquet Public Library invite you to a poetry reading at noon, and poetry workshop at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Apri1 4, at the Cloquet Public Library.
Poets Sheila Packa and Michelle Matthees will lead these programs, starting with a poetry reading at noon that will feature the poets’ work as related to place. Packa grew up south of Biwabik, Minn., and has a deep understanding of how place helps define identity and can be celebrated in poetry. Matthees shares how place informs her poetry, especially as it relates to travel – including her recent trips to Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Local poets are encouraged to share their poetry as well.
Following the reading, participants can take part in a writing workshop that explores and celebrates the role of place in our lives. Using guided writing exercises, participants will explore themes like memory, tradition, pride and even alienation. This workshop is designed for everyone, from beginning to more experienced writers. Pre-registration is required for the workshop; contact the Cloquet Public Library at 879-1531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packa is the author of “Echo & Lightning” and “Cloud Birds,” editor of “Migrations: Poetry & Prose for Life’s Transitions,” and serves as Duluth’s Poet Laureate. Matthees is a current Minnesota State Arts Board Fellow and the author of “Served,” “Outside,” and “Junket.”