The Spacious Mind

Where is the shining uncluttered field of being? How does a writing practice help us stay steady and sane? A comfortable workshop designed to strengthen roots and nourish branches of our thinking and exploring on the page – finding useful ways to simplify, ignite, and inspire ourselves. We are all beginners every day – bits of unbreakable news always within reach. This workshop will invoke the spirit of poet William Stafford – discussing his principles and practices as guides. You will return home with at least 7-10 new beginnings. No elections will be held.

REQUIRED: Please bring any book or books (poems, essays or aphorisms) by William Stafford. In each session we will discuss Stafford as well as works by others, working on poems and paragraphs which might grow longer later, and sharing some of that work.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, and 19 Varieties of Gazelle, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her collection of poems for young adults, Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award among many others. Her work has been featured on numerous PBS and NPR specials including A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. Naomi serves on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets and was named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Award for Children’s Literature.

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