Marvin Bell to visit Eugene, Oregon!

The Poetry Loft and Oregon Writers’ Collective welcomes Marvin Bell to Eugene, Oregon.

Marvin Bell has been called “an insider who thinks like an outsider,” and his writing has been called “ambitious without pretension.”

Judith Kitchen, in The Georgia Review: “These new books by Marvin Bell are sending poetry into new and original territory. Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today.” Of his two latest collections, Ms. Kitchen wrote: “I believe that Marvin Bell’s Dead Man poems should close any anthology of the 20th century, and open any anthology of this new century’s work. They change the game.”

His 24 books include Nightworks; Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems; Whiteout, a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons; and After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts, a work of poetic nonfiction in collaboration with Christopher Merrill.

Bell was for many years Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate. He edited poetry five years apiece for The North American Review and The Iowa Review. He created and edited the New Poets / Short Books series in which Lost Horse Press published the first books of fifteen poets. He designed and led for five years a summer workshop for teachers from the urban after-school program, America SCORES.

His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Poetry Review, Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.

Hello, how are you?

After being semi-closed for two years,
The Poetry Loft is now open again!

Happening right now:
– Write Here, Right Now – Adult adoptee writing group 
– The Lighthouse – LGBTQ bereavement through writing
– The Whale & The Moon Poetry Book Club

Future writing workshops:
– Birthmother writing group
– Birthfather writing group
– Poetry writing for visual artists

Forward, always forward.THE-POETRY-LOFT-2016

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize | Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Congratulations to Jenifer Browne Lawrence for winning the 2015 Perugia Press Prize for her book Grayling.

Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling uncovers the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. These trim, lyric poems, structurally and syntactically fresh, follow a compelling narrative thread, as the poet writes back into her circle a father who was both threat and savior, a sister who died too young, and herself as mother.  The specific northwest coastal landscape, memory, and experience weave together as Grayling straddles the faultline between past and present. One reader likens the poems to “a singing cemetery.” Throughout, Lawrence’s voice is confident and patient.
Perugia Press

Grayling is due to be released in September 2015. To order this book or any other Perugia Press title, please visit our Web site.

Make sure to visit Jenifer’s showcase page on The Poetry Loft! Congratulations Jenifer! Our staff is so proud of you!


Sam, Paco, John, and Rabbit

Workshop led by Kierstin Bridger

Led by Kierstin Bridger

Thursdays | March 12 – 26 | 6:30 – 8:30pm | $120
300 South Townsend Street Telluride, Colorado

Lush writing about food, art and music
In this three-week series, our eyes, ears, and our taste buds will be our guides. Sensory designed prompts and examples will illicit lush writing about food, art and music. This is a generative writing class inspired by prompts that trigger our senses in deep and unexpected ways.

If you haven’t written in a while, or simply want to add a fresh approach to your writing practice, this is a supportive and encouraging place to experiment and receive positive, engaging feedback about your work. Open to all genre/levels.

Three-week Class: Thursdays, March 12 – 26 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Lush writing about food, art and music

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