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This online poetry workshop will trace the roots of lyrical poetry and its connection with worship, song, spiritual and hermetic practice, and the collective. Poets, songwriters, and seekers all welcome. We will meet in the ether three times on Saturdays from 12-3pm EST: on February 4, 11, and 18. And each time we’ll commune with the poetry of the spirit through another lens:
Orphism, Muses & Invocation.
Songs, Devotions & Love Divine.
Dreams & Visions. Myth & Tarot.
Collectives & Revolutions.
Nature and Poetry as World Soul.
We’ll immerse in our poetic practice and write poems to lead us into the new year. Readings will include: Basho. Hildegard of Bingen. William Blake. Diane di Prima. Dogen. Robert Duncan. Hafiz, Rumi and the Sufi Poets. H.D. George Herbert. bell hooks. Bob Kaufman. Novalis. Orphic Hymns. The Pre-Socratics. Li Po. Sun Ra. Christina Rossetti. Han Shan. Rabindranath Tagore. John Wieners. Franz Wright. and a whole lot of contemporary poets
This workshop is inspired by my studies with Diane di Prima and her course on Hidden Religions. Over the years I continued to follow this path & collected a corpus of readings & teachings that guide my writing. I want to share some of that now with friends new and old. Together we see more.
Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. Her next book New Life is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2023. She is also the author of Povratak lišća /Return of the Leaves, Selected Poems in Croatian (Croatian Writers Society, 2020); Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017); the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013), and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). Ana has a MFA in Poetry from Hunter College. In the PhD Program in English at CUNY The Graduate Center she studied New American poetics and alternative art schools and communities, and edited lectures by Diane di Prima for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.
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FInancial aid is applied for on a class by class basis. Not all classes offer financial aid. There is a limited amount of funding available, and aid is awarded in the order received.
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The Ruth Stone House BIPOC Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room and Board at the Inn for a BIPOC poet
Lucy Terry Prince Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room & Board at the Inn for a Poet of Color living in Vermont, or with roots in Vermont
The James Tate Scholarship
Full tuition for a poet under the age of 40 (does not include Room & Board)
Award for $600 reduced tuition for a BIPOC poet.
Need-based scholarships awarded to poets of merit with expressed socioeconomic need