Flirting with Air: Writing Poems about Birds

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA

Instructors Derek Sheffield and Cynthia Neely. The connection between poetry and birds is very old. In fact, many of the first ornithologists were poets who recorded ecological data in their lines of verse. In this special session, we will share close readings of some contemporary poems that evoke and explore our feathered cousins through language, including poems from the anthology illustrated by David Sibley, Bright Wings, and then we will begin writing our own.
This event is listed as F-27 in the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest program

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About the Speaker

Derek Sheffield’s book of poems, Through the Second Skin (Orchises, 2013), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He teaches poetry and ecological writing at Wenatchee Valley College, serves as poetry editor of, and lives with his family in the foothills of the Cascades near Leavenworth, Washington.
Cynthia Neely is the author of three prize winning chapbooks, Passing Through Blue EarthBroken Water, and Hopewell Bay – a long poem and co-winner of the Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award from Floating Bridge Press. Her full-length book Flight Path was a finalist in the Aldrich Press contest. Her essay work appears in The Writers’ Chronicle and Cutthroat (runner up for the Barry Lopez prize in Creative Non-fiction.)