Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop / Sat April 8 / 10AM

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Mary Rose Dougherty

Saturday, April 8th from 10-Noon.

Register by calling the Library (802)244-7036 or emailing judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com.

In this two-hour introductory writing workshop participants will explore the use of Poetry to describe a work of art.

The workshop is for lovers of art who want to go deeper into their experience of a favorite work of art, writers and poets who want to further their focus on the image and use of description, and curious folk of all sorts who love learning about and expanding their love of poetry.

Ekphrasis is a Greek word that refers to “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art.” Some well-known examples of ekphrastic poetry are Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and Don McLean’s song “Vincent” about Van Gogh’s painting “Starry, Starry Night”.We’ll look at and discuss some other examples of this particular approach to poetry and then have an opportunity to try it out through our own writing. No prior experience. Bring a notebook if you wish; writing supplies will be provided.

Mary Rose Dougherty is a poet, teacher, and editor of the Poetry Society’s literary journal, The Mountain Troubadour. Her work has been published in Calyx, Yankee, and VTDigger. She received the Artistic Merit Award from the Writer’s Circle in Warwick, RI from New Hampshire Poet Laureate Patricia Fargnoli. Mary Rose has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and has enjoyed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Frost Place of Franconia, N.H.