Your Episodes of Origin in Iconic Moments: Poems & Stories

What were the earliest tributaries of this river that is you—your character, your destiny, your chance on Earth? What early but indelible moments, encounters, epiphanies shaped your voice? How did life hurt you to endow your compassion? How did beauty make you fierce in defense of the tender and the hidden? How did light illuminate a moment that resides as a tiny film in your dreams? How did your family tribe give you a calling to report the sacred secrets? We will write the short version for a handful of your personal, family and cultural origin stories, then consider how this book of genesis wants to guide you as a writer and citizen of Earth, in poetry and lyric prose. With your story clarified, how will you testify with these literary episodes as time carries you down the river? This workshop welcomes poets and writers all.

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, and co-founder of Fishtrap. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right: Essays of Place and How to Sleep Cold: Poems and Prompts from the Outpost He has taught writing in schools, colleges, meadows, forests, and in Assisi, Glasgow, and a remote village in Bhutan.