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In this workshop, Carol V. Davis, a Bloedel Reserve Artist-in-residence, will explore her observations of nature and the use of imagination in poetry. Does one have to be faithful to observation in order to write a poem? How does one stay true to the experience while giving the imagination free reign? The workshop will provide time to observe nature, to write, and to workshop what is written. A packet of nature poems will also be given to participants.
Instructor: Carol V. Davis received a 2015 Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women grant. She is the author of Because I Cannot Leave This Body (Truman State University Press, 2017), Between Storms (TSUP, 2012) and won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Her first book, It’s Time to Talk About… was published in a bilingual (English/Russian) edition in Russia in 1997. Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, (1996-7, 2005), her poetry has been read on NPR, Radio Russia and at the Library of Congress. She teaches at Santa Monica College and Antioch University, Los Angeles and taught in Ulan-Ude, Siberia, winter 2015. She is poetry editor of the Los Angeles newspaper the Jewish Journal. She was a recipient of two National Park Service residencies, Hubell Trading Post, AZ (2015) and Homestead National Monument of America, NE (2011) as well as a fellow at Surel’s Place, Boise (2015), Jentel, WY (2010), VCCA and Ragdale. Widely published, her work has been in anthologies including recently Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (2015) and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, 2013.