The Oklahoma Arts Council presents Dr. Benjamin Myers Oklahoma Poet Laureate, 2016 – October 1, 2016, 10:00 am at the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, 120 West Maine, Enid, OK 73701. Dr. Myers will be reading and teaching how to write poetry from your memories and there will be time to create some of your own.
The Enid Writers Club and the Enid Public Library will host the event which is free to the public. The workshop will be called “Making Poetry from your Memories” and is suitable for anyone from high school through retirement.
Dr. Myers’s description of the workshop is, “Everybody has a story to tell. This workshop will help you tell that story through poetry. Through a series of guided exercises, including instruction in poetic technique, participants will explore ways to compress their recollections into compelling, sharable poetry. Areas of exploration include the following: imagery, metaphor, diction, rhythm, line, and sound. Participants will have the opportunity to produce a poem during the workshop and to share it with the other participants.”
Benjamin Myers is the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and the author of two books of poetry: Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems may be read in The Yale Review, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, The Christian Century, Nimrod, Measure and other journals, as well as in general readership publications like Oklahoma Today and In Touch. He has been honored with an Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and with a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He reviews poetry and books on poetics for several publications, including World Literature Today and Books and Culture.
Dr. Meyer received his B.A. from the University of the Ozarks, his M.A., from Washington University in St. Louis, and Ph.D., from Washington University in St. Louis.
Join us in celebrating the art of poetry with Dr. Benjamin Myers at the Enid Public Library on October 1, 10:00 a.m. in The Great Plains Room.