Poetry Forum: Led by Tim Hunt – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 2-27-11


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 fourth generation native of Northern California, Tim Hunt was raised primarily in two small towns north of San Francisco.  Sebastopol was still primarily apple orchards, and the wine industry had not yet made Calistoga chic.  Educated at Cornell University, he has taught American literature at several schools, including Washington State University and Deep Springs College.  He is currently Professor of English at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois.  He and his wife Susan have two children: John, a visual artist, and Jessica, a musician and composer.  Hunt’s publications include the collection Fault Lines (The Backwaters Press); the chapbooks Lake County Diamond (Intertext), Redneck Yoga (Finishing Line Press) and White Levis (Pudding House Press); and numerous poems in magazines. He has been awarded the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Prize for the poem “Lake County Elegy” and nominated for the  Pushcart Prize.  His scholarly publications include Kerouac’s Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction and the five-volume edition The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

Topic:  Writing as a medium.

In writing poems we tend not to think much about how writing derives from speech and changes it.  Writing can be so completely a visual system of characters on the page that speaking seems to disappear, as we paint words on the surface of the page.  But writing can also be a kind of speech we store in writing, as we write as if someone is hearing us.  As a poet, do you write to your reader’s ear or eye or some combination of the two?  How can you tell?  How can you use this awareness to increase your fluency as a poet, your command of the page, and the impact of your poems?  We’ll focus on how to become more aware of writing’s different ways of being language, which can help with both composing and revision.  (Feel free to bring in concrete or performance poems you’ve enjoyed, as examples at either extreme.)

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.

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