Date & Time: Sat, November 6, 2021 | 12:30 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Location: Technical College of the Lowcountry | 104 Reynolds St, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC (limited seating)
Virtual: Can choose to attend via Zoom
Register Here for In Person & Zoom: Eventbrite
Somatic experiences create a sense of place that grounds us in an ever-shifting world. Turning seasons, turbulent emotions, and physical locations are all understood through sensory input. The words of the poetry work closely with our five senses, and sometimes they initiate our brain directly to the core of a sensation. We want the “thing” we focus on in poetry to contain sensory nerves like our mind. In this workshop, we will navigate multi-sensory poems, play with poetic synesthesia, and explore a writer’s sensorium to activate your creative writing. The workshop offers immersive/hands writing activities that incorporate the practice of haiku and other traditional forms to create that sense of place.
About our instructors:
Poet Danielle Ann Verwers writes and teaches in Columbia, South Carolina. She also plays the didgeridoo (poorly) and collects library cards. She has studied at the University of Iowa, University of South Carolina, and Columbia College. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Eastern Iowa Review, Petigru Review, Emrys and elsewhere. https://danielleverwers.com
Miho Kinnas is a Japanese poet/translator living in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She is the author of two books of poetry: Today, Fish Only and Move Over Bird (Math Paper Press, 2014 and 2019). Her poems, translations and book reviews appeared in many journals including Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Literary Shanghai, Quixotica: Poems East of La Mancha, The Museum of American Poetics and a Seattle-based Belltelist journal that nominated her poem “End” for the Pushcart Prize. She gave poetry workshops at Shanghai Literary Festival, Singapore Writers’ Festival, Pat Conroy Literary Center, Arnold Arboretum/Harvard Art Museum, and at local schools, among others.
Photos as well as short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.