Friday, January 15, 2016

Celeb Saturday with Wisconsin's Poet Laureate February 6


WAUKESHA – Discover how to say the unsayable at AllWriters’ February Celebrity Saturday! Learn to gather pivotal moments from your experience and unmask their impact through the poetic process. AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer KIMBERLY BLAESER with her workshop, POETRY OF SPIRIT AND WITNESS.

Your day will include a look at a range of sample poems that undertake the tasks of discovery and dissemination. It will include exercises to generate material as well as strategies and approaches for writing. We will expand the notion of witness to include the everyday as well as the more extreme experiences of our lives; and we will explore the many ways our lives manifest belief. The poems we draft will weave together these two strands of inquiry, creating what Seamus Heaney has called “transformative” poetry.

KIMBERLY BLAESER, the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate, but also poet, photographer, and scholar, has been zig-zagging the state traveling from the thumb of Door County to the southern wrist cities, and everywhere in between. A Professor at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literature. Blaeser has authored three poetry collections—Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians, and Trailing You. She was the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. She is also the author of the scholarly monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, and essays have been widely anthologized, and selections of her poetry has also been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, Hungarian, and French. She has been the recipient of awards for both writing and speaking, among these a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Poetry and four Pushcart Nominations. Her current creative project features “Picto-Poems” and brings her nature and wildlife photography together with poetry. She lives in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township and spends part of each year at a water access cabin in the BWCA chasing poems, photos, and river otters—sometimes all at once.

Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. Kimberly Blaeser’s workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2016. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own Café de Art.

AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. 

Summer Hanford
AllWriters’ Assistant

234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284
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