Monday, March 5, 2012

Poetry Workshop at Anam Cara - Registration Open

I cannot believe my week in Seattle is almost over. And what a wonderful week it has been. Thanks to my dear friend and wonderful poet Susan Rich, who has treated me royally in her home, I have had the time of my life. Susan and I have not only read together but also taught classes at the Richard Hugo House which were a great success and I got a glimpse of what an inspiration she is as a teacher. The good news is that she is coming to Ireland to give a poetry workshop in Anam Cara, Co Cork this summer so this is a one time opportunity to learn from a masterly poet. All details posted below.

A Poetry Writing Workshop Concerning Visual Art

Susan RichSpeaking in Pictures: A Poetry Writing Workshop Concerning Visual Art
Leader: Susan Rich (
One-week Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012
Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Henry Thoreau

Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; we will study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description.

Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art. For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, painting, collage, printmaking, and objects des arts. All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.

“Excellent delivery of info and preparation of materials.· Susan established such a safe learning environment, which really helped the ability to learn and enjoy the experience.· This was an exceptionally helpful program!”·-- Cindy S.
"I truly appreciate what you do to nurture other poets. This is truly one of the best retreats I have been on." -- Angie V.

“Thank you for providing this life-changing opportunity.·· Your generosity and enthusiastic interest has been such a blessing for me…You have given me a great gift–the courage to say what I am, and more importantly, to *live* what I am– a writer.·”· -- ·Kelley

Leader’s Bio:
Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010), which was named a finalist for The Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World (2000), which won the PEN USA Award for Poetry. She has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Her featured appearances include the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland and the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Recent poems have been published in The Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland, The Southern Review and the New England Review. Born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts; Susan now makes her home in Seattle, Washington. More information is available about Susan at her website and her blog

For more information and to book a place in this workshop retreat, please contact Sue at or +353 (0)27 74441.