July 2011

a workshop by Nance Van Winckel
Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet As Art workshop
Saturday, August 20, 2011
From 10:30 to 3 pm, with a half hour lunch
Registration: $50
Bring: a lunch and something to write with and on
Coffee, tea and water provided

Nance Van Winckel, from Spokane, is traveling over to the cool west side of the state to teach a poetry workshop at Egress Studio on Saturday, August 20th. Jim and I are looking forward to this workshop because the last time Nance was here, we both came away with more poems to share. One of my poems from the workshop was called “Moose Drool,” which is now included in What the Alder Told Me (MoonPath Press 2011), and has even been requested at a couple of readings. How often does that happen? This workshop promises to be different than any other poetry workshop I’ve attended because it combines art with poetry. If a poem comes off the page and slips into a work of art, who knows what will happen? I’m ready to learn. This workshop is almost full right now, but there are a few spaces left. With three weeks to fill the remaining seats, I hope you’ll register soon for the workshop by contacting Jim Bertolino at jim@jamesbertolino.com. This workshop would be excellent for poets and artists alike. And artists who are also poets, and vice verse. 🙂

About her own work, Nance says: “My intent is to have the word elements function first as visual components and secondarily as language. I also aim, overall, to create a synergy whereby the whole pho-toem may be greater than the sum of its parts. I try to make the fusion of elements invisible so that the pho-toem’s reality is its own credible edifice, inviting the viewer to enter, explore, and discover.”

Here is Nance’s description of the workshop:
Poems as postcards? Embedded in a painting? Projected behind a dancer? Fabric, rocks, bark, sand, sky. Digital & video media. Your words needn’t be confined to the book or magazine. We will look at examples of this sort of poetry; then we will try some off-the-page poems of our own. This workshop will help you explore and generate exciting alternatives for your own words to live in the physical world.

About the instructor:
Nance Van Winckel has had five collections of her poetry published, most recently No Starling (University of Washington Press, 2007). Her long list of awards includes two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, two Washington State Artist Trust Awards, and awards from the Poetry Society of America. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has been Writer in Residence at the University of Montana and Bucknell University. Nance is also a widely published fiction writer.

This workshop is hosted by The Poet As Art program, which is part of the Whatcom Poetry Series (a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization), and sponsored by Egress Studio, an illustration and graphic design business.

In the lastest volume of Crab Creek Review, Annette Spaulding-Convy, Co-Editor, reviewed my chapbook What The Alder Told Me (2011, MoonPath Press). MoonPath Press is a new imprint dedicated to Pacific Northwest poets. The volume is perfect-bound, costs just $10.00, and can be purchased on Amazon.com. Or send me an email.

Annette Spaulding-Convy’s manuscript In Broken Latin, is a finalist in the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. The book, Annette’s second, will be published in Fall 2012 by the University of Arkansas Press. Her first volume, In the Convent We Become Clouds, was the winner of the annual Floating Bridge Chapbook contest, published in 2006, and also $10. (I’m pretty sure the cover is a beautiful letterpress work of art by Jules Remedios Faye.)

In Crab Creek Review, Annette writes:

I read What The Alder Told Me during a ferry ride across Puget Sound on a drizzling morning with occasional sun breaks––the perfect venue for a poetry collection that is unapologetically and dazzlingly “Pacific Northwest” in its celebrations of the natural world and the human spirit. Anita Boyle’s poems are grounded in a simplicity and detail that are almost Zen-like as she explores some of life’s basic questions: how we cope with suffering and death, where and from whom we draw inspiration, and why we desire to create. What The Alder Told Me will inspire you to walk contemplatively through forests and listen to each bird, to find the profound in the smallest household task, and to embrace the quirkiness and passions of your loved ones. In the last poem of the collection, “This Distance,” we read, The earth sings / with ease––Boyle’s poetry does the same.

Thank you, Annette!