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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival (This Weekend!)

This Sunday, April 18th, I'll be hosting a Poetry Workshop at the 2nd Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival. I'm really looking forward to it. The festival and workshop are both free and will take place at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary NC. Poetry Workshop: 1-3 PM. Talks and Readings: 3-6 PM.

From the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival website:

During the Festival, you are invited to participate in an afternoon Poetry Workshop (free) hosted by Christopher Salerno. Festival Workshop members will work with a general prompt to sketch out a draft of a single poem using a basic set of poetic techniques that we will discuss and develop during the session. Participants will be encouraged to read and share aloud their efforts.

The meeting will be an opportunity for participants to discuss their work in a casual atmosphere. Following the workshop, a follow-up meeting will be held for those interested in polishing their work further in a more concentrated workshop setting. Selected poems from the workshop will be published on the festival website.

All festival attendees (16 and up) are encouraged to attend the workshop, as there is no requirement or expectation of “skill” level whatsoever. We’ll meet in the spirit of Nazim, who celebrated life at all turns with a lyric grace and an utterly human poetic voice.

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