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Free ‘Poetry Rocks!’ program is coming to South Terrace on May 1

The Arrowhead Library System will present the "Poetry Rocks!" workshop with Minnesota Book Award winner Laura Purdie Salas at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at South Terrace Elementary in Carlton. The program is free.

The Arrowhead Library System will present the “Poetry Rocks!” workshop with Minnesota Book Award winner Laura Purdie Salas at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at South Terrace Elementary in Carlton. The program is free.

Growing up, Purdie Salas believed books were magic, conjured up to entertain her, keep her company, and show her the whole world before disappearing into the library return drop as if they had never existed! It never occurred to her that real people actually wrote those books.

Later, while working as a freelance writer and an eighth-grade teacher, she rediscovered her love for children’s literature. All the things she wanted to do when she grew up - studying animals, traveling to exotic places, figuring out people's minds, and answering all the questions that occurred to her, like “Where do mountains come from?” - are now wrapped up in her writing.

Purdie Salas combines her teaching background with poetry to write fanciful yet factual non-fiction. In “Why-ku, Poems of Wonder about the World,” she writes, “Why don’t we float away? Earth asks us to stay, invites us with gravity. We can not say no.” She compares her writing style to jumping off the high dive: You close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump. Then you take the words that have splashed out and mess around with them until they sparkle in the best possible design.

This workshop will include readings of the author’s works and an opportunity for creative writing as participants work together to write a few poems. Purdie Salas will also talk about her writing style and the publishing process in Minnesota.

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You are invited to join this interactive celebration of reading and poetry! The program focuses on engaging Pre-K through fourth-grade children in reading and writing poetry, yet all ages are welcome to attend to learn more about writing poetry for children.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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