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Poetry at Terroir

March 22, 2023

Yamhill County has a rich history of creating poets. Join fellow writers working on verse, rhyme, and every approach to the form at this year’s festival and enjoy the hands-on workshops with these masters of the craft.

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake’s newest poetry collection is The Road to Lilac Hill, from Windfall Press. She has also published nonfiction including Oregon Book Award finalists Morning Light and Peace at Heart, from OSU Press. A retired Linfield College Professor, Drake lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County.

Workshop: Chapbooks: Why, How, and What Next?

Chapbooks are short books of poetry or prose, usually published in limited editions by individuals or small presses. This session will cover methods for publishing chapbooks in small editions, either by using easy modern software or by creating handmade books.

Ellen Summerfield

Ellen Summerfield’s latest poetry books are Unruly (2017) and Still Light (2020). She recently edited an annotated anthology called Bite-sized Poems (2021) that features 32 poets, and she is currently working on a second volume titled Motherwise: A Complicated Anthology.

Workshop: What makes a great poem?

In this interactive workshop, we’ll look closely at a selection of indisputably great poems to analyze what defines their excellence. Gain confidence in your ability to decide what poems you think are “great” and why.  In preparation (optional), please be ready to add a favorite poet and/or poem to a group list.

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was awarded a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Inlay with Nacre: The Names of Forgotten Women. She was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet for the small claim of bones, which placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards.

Workshop: Insisting on Joy: Poems of Gratitude and of Loving the World

Journalist Krista Tippett of On Being counsels us to “insist on joy” and to “make the muscular choices of love and hope.” In this generative workshop, we will study poems that express love and hope and inspire us to do the same in our own poetry.


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