The inaugural poet Richard Blanco will appear on ThePoetsCorner.org in conversation with fellow poets Tess Taylor and Rick Barot, Sunday, June 13, from 4 - 5:30 p.m., via Zoom. The reading is sponsored in collaboration with Maine Media Workshops + College.
These three poets are teaching workshops and craft seminars during Maine Media’s third annual Writers Harbor Poetry Week from June 14-18. To kick off this week, all three will join Meg Weston and Kathrin Seitz, co-founders of The Poets Corner, for a conversation about their work, the craft of poetry, their personal journeys as poets, and their experiences of the past year. This special event marks the one year anniversary of The Poets Corner.
To register for this June 13 event and more information:
Well-loved in Maine, according to the Poets Corner, the state he calls home, Richard Blanco is a historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher, and memoirist.
“His work invites us to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity,” said Poets. “Blanco appeals to audiences everywhere and inspires a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive, and transformative part of our everyday lives.”
Tess Taylor’s newly released book of poetry Rift Zone traces literal and metaphoric fault lines – rifts between past and present, childhood and adulthood, what is and what was. It excavates a deeply fractured landscape with observations that are relentlessly curious. Also just released is Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange, published in conjunction with the exhibition of Dorothea Lange: Words & pictures at the Museum of Modern Art in 2020.
“A brilliant and enthusiastic teacher, author of five poetry collections, Taylor’s work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Review, the Harvard Review, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Yorker,” said the Poets.
Rick Barot was born in the Phillipines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published three books of poetry, winning numerous awards and prizes. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshires, Tin House, The New Yorker, and more. He is the poetry editor of New England Review, lives in Tacoma, Washington, teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, and is the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-resident MFA in Creative Writing at PLU. His most recent work The Galleons, published by Milkweed Editions in 2020, was listed on the top ten poetry books for 2020 by the NY Public Library.
If you want even more, sign up for a full week-long workshop at Maine Media June 14-28.
To register for a week-long workshop online and for more information: www.mainemedia.edu
The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in Mid-coast Maine, and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month.