The Driftless Writing Center will host an online poetry reading by Richard Hedderman on Friday, February 4 at 7 p.m. This free public reading will take place on Zoom and will be followed by a virtual open mic. Participants wishing to read during the open mic should prepare a maximum of five minutes of writing to share.
The DWC and Hedderman will also be hosting a Generative Poetry Writing Workshop on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this limited-registration workshop, titled “The Words You Choose: Poetry Demystified,” Hedderman will help writers troll for vocabulary while overcoming their fears of the blank page. It aims to demystify poetry, open the creative imagination and put into practice the essential tools of intuition, language and poetic structure for every writer. Above all, attendees will absorb Hedderman’s main lesson: you don’t have to be poets to write poetry. This interactive workshop will begin with an informal discussion of each participant’s relationship to poetry, followed by structured writing exercises and the opportunity to share their new demystified poems at the end.
Hedderman is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and author of two books of poetry including, most recently, Finishing Line Press’ “Choosing a Stone”, which was shortlisted for the Ashland Poetry Press Richard Snyder Prize and the Codhill Press Poetry Prize. . His writing has appeared in dozens of publications in the United States and abroad, as well as several anthologies including “In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare” (University of Iowa Press). Her poem “Mummies—Milwaukee Public Museum” has been published in 60 countries and is featured in a global literacy program developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers. He has performed his writings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was a guest poet at the Library of Congress. More of his work can be found at richardheddermanpoetry.com.
Zoom meeting information and link for Hedderman’s DWC-hosted poetry reading and workshop registration form can be found on the Driftless Writing Center website, www.driftlesswritingcenter.org.
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