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Reading Contemporary Poetry

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, this class invites you to learn more about it through open and welcoming conversation. In this class, you will discuss books by three contemporary poets: The Carrying by National Book Award finalist Ada Limon, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by another National Book Award finalist Ross Gay, and Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee. In each session, you will also receive generative writing prompts based on the reading.

Instructor: Marion Starling Boyer is the author of four poetry collections; her most recent, The Sea Was Never Far, was published by Main Street Rag. A professor emeritus, Boyer has served on the executive board for Kalamazoo’s Poetry Festival and the planning committee for Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival. Boyer has led workshops for Lit Cleveland, Lit Youngstown, and Wisconsin’s Washington Island Literary Conference. She lives in Twinsburg, Ohio and has spent the pandemic yearning to travel.

Barbara Sabol's fourth poetry collection, Imagine a Town, won the 2019 poetry manuscript prize from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Her work has appeared most recently in Evening Street Review, One Art, Mezzo Cammin, Literary Accents and Modern Haiku, and in numerous anthologies. Barbara received her MFA from Spalding University. Her awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She is a retired speech therapist who lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.

Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry takes place Tuesdays April 20, May 4, and May 18 from 1:00-3:00pm remotely through Zoom.

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