Embracing Transformation in Writing Poetry

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A Workshop with Ron Silliman

Saturday 17 November 2012
Location: 401 Richmond Street West, Meeting Room Studio 408

Toronto New School of Writing is pleased to host Ron Silliman as part of their Visiting Author Series.

A rare opportunity to study in person with poet Ron Silliman in a master class workshop setting. This afternoon workshop offers an intimate environment within which to work with one of the key figures of the Language School of poetry.

This 4-hour in-person workshop will focus on the subject of “transformation,” stemming from Olson’s credo that “what does not change / is the will to change” — a worthy topic considering the present moment’s recognition that change, more than ever, is necessary.

Students will be required submit up to 3 pages of work to be discussed during the workshop by 10 November.

Ron Silliman was born in Pasco, Washington, although his parents stayed there just long enough for his mother to learn that one could step on field mice while walking barefoot through the snow to the outhouse, and for his father to walk away from a plane crash while smuggling alcohol into a dry county. Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, most recently Wharf Hypothesis from Lines Press, and had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. Among his honors, Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2010 recipient of the Levinson Prize, from the Poetry Foundation. His sculpture Poetry (Bury Neon) is permanently on display in the transit center of Bury, Lancashire, and he has a plaque in the walk dedicated to poetry in his home town of Berkeley, although he now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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