Poetry & Place

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We are extremely fortunate to present a two-day workshop by Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Max Garland for the inaugural class in the 2014 Marilyn Sward Commemorative Summer Series!

possible?Constellations of distant satellites can instantaneously direct us to almost any place on earth. Websites supply demographics, notable historical events, and points of local interest. But can we really know a place without knowing how it feels? Can we know where we are without understanding the hearts and minds of those who live there, the truths and fabrications, the capacity for wonder? In other words, is knowing where we are in the world, not just a function of latitude and longitude, but also an art?

By reading and discussing a wide range of poetry (present and past) about our relationship to place, we’ll reflect upon how poets have expressed their relationship to place, and how we might use the poetic imagination (the original GPS) to more meaningfully locate ourselves in the world. The goal is to encourage and inspire new poems (bearing some relationship to place) and provide initial feedback and thoughts for revision.


June 10-11, 9am-noon

Curran Professional Building (Basement)
315 S. Oneida Ave.
Rhinelander, WI

Course Fee: $100


MAX GARLAND is a former rural letter carrier and the author of The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition in 2006, as well as a chapbook Apparition. His work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, Best American Short Stories, and many other journals and anthologies. He has received a NEA Fellowship for Poetry, Michener Fiction Fellowship, a Bush Literary Fellowship, the Tara Short Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in both poetry and fiction. He lives and teaches in Eau Claire, and is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.