Poetry Forum: Led by Jared Smith – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 2-22-09

Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics.  Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

A former Chicagoland resident, Jared Smith is the author of seven critically acclaimed volumes of poetry along with two CDs. His Selected Longer Poems: 1983-2008 is forthcoming from Tamarack Editions.  He has served on the editorial boards of The New York Quarterly, Home Planet News, and The Pedestal.  Jared is former president of Poets & Patrons, a member of Illinois State Poetry Society and of the Academy of American Poets, as well as a past judge of the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Prize.  He currently lives in Colorado.

Jared’s topic: The Narrative in Contemporary Poetry: Pulling Dignity From Hard Times. Narrative poetry in contemporary times is much different than what we think of as traditional narrative.  It’s more immediately tied to the senses, and it’s more nonlinear to capture the modern temperament.  But it reaches into the soul of the people and it pulls them in like nothing else.  The question is: how to do it.

Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.