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Poetic Sculpture (High School Workshop)

Sat, Nov 5, 2022 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

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The famous abstract painter Joan Mitchell once said, “My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields. … it’s more like a poem, and that’s what I want to paint.” She was inspired by poet friends, too. In this workshop, we’ll write poetry and turn it into art.

Participants brainstorm about a special object that triggers a strong memory or mood. They can bring in their object, use a photo, or their memories. We’ll use music, examples, and visualizations to relax and let ideas flow. Prompts will be offered to help participants, if needed, such as: “Imagine you found this object that you thought you’d lost forever. What people, sounds, tastes, places, or emotions come to mind?” Once participants come up with a poem they love, they will write it on a block of wood and decorate it with markers. Their poem is now transformed into sculpture.


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Alex Behr

Alex Behr has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State and has taught fiction at the college level. She has led fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction WITS residencies since 2014. She’s currently facilitating creative labs called “Eno/Ono” through Corporeal Writing. She’s the author of Planet Grim: Stories (7.13 Books), and her interviews, essays, short fiction, book reviews, and poetry have appeared in Salon, Tin House, The Rumpus, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Propeller, Gravity of the Thing, Oregon Humanities, Cleaver, and elsewhere. In various cities, she shared excerpts from her dire teen journals in the comedy show Mortified and was in rock bands for more than 20 years.
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