Monday, October 22, 2018

Kirsten Casey- Poetry & Borrowing Your Ghosts - Nov. 14th

 Kirsten Casey is a 25 year resident of Nevada City, which makes our town the place she has lived the longest, continuously, which also means she will always call it home. A California Poet in the Schools, Creative Writing teacher to kids ages 8-18, she has taught in the county for over 14 years. Currently, she is a coordinator of Dream A Difference, an international non-profit poetry exchange between Grizzly Hill School and Washington School students, with international refugee camp students, with the goal of fostering empathy, emphasizing similarity, and promoting not only the writing of poetry, but its therapeutic and unifying qualities. Her book of poetry, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body, was published by Hip Pocket Press in 2012. She is currently working on a new manuscript, with the working title, Borrowing Your Ghosts. She is still married to her first husband, a Nevada City native, and has three children over the age of twenty (at least two of which like poetry.) You can’t win them all.

"I equate poetry with borrowing. The poet borrows lines, words, emotions, and points of view. Still, it is what we do with the borrowing that makes the poems entirely singular. We can even borrow from our own memories, which often transform over a lifetime. Borrowing suggests that we will return what we take temporarily, but once a poem is written and put into the world, it is entirely the readers. This relationship is the purpose of the poem. The true goal of poetry is sharing, creating a connection between the written word and the reader. Together, through some writing exercises, we will explore ways to borrow from the world, and from our own memory, to discover something new," says Kirsten Casey

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Diane Covington-Carter is an award-winning and best-selling writer and the author of three memoirs and a novel.

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