Playing With Poetry

14
Apr 2019
Sunday

Playing With Poetry
Sunday, April 14
1 to 3 p.m.
Project Write Now Studio
with Alfred Encarnacion

Whether you love writing poetry or have been afraid of it your entire life, this workshop is for you! Led by Alfred Encarnacion, published poet and director of Stratford Public Library in New Jersey, we begin by reading select poems, turning them over to understand how the poet engages the reader. Then we use the poems as inspiration to experiment with techniques, style, and theme, pushing past our preconceived ideas of what poetry is while discovering our own creative voice.

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Alfred Encarnacion has taught writing at Temple University and published poetry, short stories, essays, and literary reviews in journals such as Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, Paterson Literary Review, and The Virtual Artists Collective (online review). He has won a Wilson Foundation Scholarship Award, a Poets House Scholarship in NYC, and his poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His debut book of poetry, The Outskirts of Karma, appeared in 2012, Ambassadors of the Silenced, his second collection, was published in 2016 by Kelsay Books, and a third collection Precincts of the Passion Dragon is a work in progress. His latest short story, “Sunday Elvis,” appears in the spring issue of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and has also been nominated for a PushCart Prize. He is currently the director of the Stratford Public Library in South Jersey.