Jax Poetry Fest 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 // 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

MOCA Learning Lounge, 1st floor

Event Description

Closing Day Activity Schedule

Speak For The Trees: Ecopoetics in The 21st Century // 1-1:50 p.m. 

Facilitated by Dr. Ben Atkinson 

Explore the rich, relevant genre of ecopoetics. Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” spoke for the trees. Many well- respected poets have done the same. Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder cleared a path for modern voices, like yours. In this workshop you will craft an ecopoem, and share it with fellow participants.

Write a Pantoum in an Hour // 2-2:50 p.m.

Facilitated by Lynn Skapyak Harlin 

Introduced to Western poets by Victor Hugo, the Pantoum is a repeating fixed form from Malaysia. Written in quatrains, in which the second and fourth lines of one quatrain become the first and third lines of the succeeding quatrain. This is really a fairly simple form if you follow the directions. 

Finding Freedom From Trauma Through Poetry // 3-3:50 p.m.

Facilitated by Devin D. Coleman 

In this workshop, we will discuss how poetry can be utilized as an outlet for traumatic experiences. Then we will craft an original piece and read a select few aloud.