ONE-DAY RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS – AMY KING & MELISSA STUDDARD!
Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis
DATE: AUGUST 8, 2015
The feminine encounter with beauty, love and self-sacrifice is typically depicted in a positive, nearly angelic light. However the feminine encounter with self-knowledge has often been depicted as a negative event, bringing the fall of man and worse: a disastrous ruination from the female’s lofty beatific birthright into ugly monstrous creatures who plague all of humanity. This denigration, seen repeatedly in literature from earliest myth to the latest social media headlines, is reductive, and serves to separate all genders in restrictive ways.
What if the feminine encountering knowledge, self and otherwise, could be an alchemical event that forged new ways of seeing for everyone? What if the energy of these grotesque creatures could actually be powerful enough to break down the walls that separate the genders?
Join us for a myth-shattering poetry workshop in which we explore the redemptive mode of embracing the “monstrous ugly” to unveil and broaden the scope of our own “monstrous selves”! Through apostrophe, ekphrasis and collaboration, we will break taboos and touch the seedy underbellies of our inner monsters & hyenas, put pressure on the political and personal divide, and discover what might emerge when we – men and women alike – bring together our collective feminine selves and use poems as tools to claw our way out of cliché, reclaim our power, and find value in the refuse left in our uprising.
THIS BESPOKE RETREAT IN THE BEAUTIFUL CATSKILL MOUNTAINS IS CUSTOM-DESIGNED TO REPLENISH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT. A DELICIOUS, LEISURELY LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED, AS WELL AS GENEROUS TIME FOR A NATURE WALK, MEDITATION, AND CONVERSATION.
MORE INFO HERE – POETRY WORKSHOP!
EDITOR Poetry WORKSHOP WRITING EXERCISES amy king CATSKILL MOUNTAINS CRITIQUE EVE exercises FEEDBACK feminine LILITH MEDUSA Melissa Studdard New York PHOENICIA Poetry poets PRACTICE PRAXIS workshop Writing
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.