As part of the ongoing Writers on Writing series offered by the Coast Chapter of Willamette Writers, Judith Arcana will teach a poetry workshop at the May 21st meeting. This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to find their own voices through the written word. The event is intended for those who are new to poetry, those interested in learning more about writing poetry, and experienced poets and writers. The workshop is free.
Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, living now in the Pacific Northwest, Arcana is a writer of poems, stories, essays and books, and is a longtime scholar, teacher and activist. She writes poems, stories and essays. Her recent books are poetry collections – The Parachute Jump Effect, 4th Period English, and What if your mother; these all followed her third prose book, Grace Paley’s Life Stories, A Literary Biography. One of her new stories about tattooing and abortion has just come out as a zine (Keesha and Joanie and JANE); two more are online at SERVING HOUSE JOURNAL. She’s working now on a book of her Maude poems.
A longtime teacher of literature, writing and women’s studies, Judith has a PhD in Literature, an MA in Women’s Studies, an Urban Preceptorship in Preventive Medicine and a BA in English. She’s taught in high schools, colleges, libraries, living rooms and other places, including the Parents School, Women’s Liberation School, Illinois State Women’s Reformatory and Washington County Jail in Oregon.
This Willamette Writers event takes place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, May 21st in the Newport Public Library’s McEntee meeting room at 35 NW Nye Street in Newport. The event is free and open to the public.