An introductory class taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker.
(Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”)
Get ready to plant a garden of words that move across the landscape of written expressions. We will summon language from the world of Nature, dip our hands in a deep river of words and explore the vastness of our experienced imaginations. Participants may choose to explore various ways of writing as they choose to write stories, poems, essays or even some hybrid explorations. Each class will consist of writing prompts, the presentation of 3-6 poems / stories / articles by noted authors, a handout on craft or other writerly considerations as well as links to articles, interviews, websites, places to publish.
Non Members: $150
About our Instructors:
Sue Walker is Professor Emerita at the University of South Alabama where she served as Department Chair and the Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing during a tenure of 35 years, She was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003-2012, and is the publisher / editor of Negative Capability Press. She has 10 published books of poetry, as well as numerous critical articles and essays and anthologies. Currently, she serves on the Board of Blakeley State Park, the Alabama Writers Conclave, and has been President of the Alabama State Poetry Society as well as The Conclave. She received her PH.D, MA. and M.A.T. from Tulane University and her B.S. from the University of Alabama. She is the author of the Mellen award-wining- The Edological Poetics of James Dickey: A Study in how landscape shapes the Being of Man (Mellen Press) and In The Realm of Rivers; Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta (New South Books). Her latest book (2017) is from Clemson University Press.
Gail Gehlken is a poet and a teacher of English language and literature. She received a B.S. in English Education from University of West Alabama and an M.A. in English from the University of South Alabama. In post graduate work, she studied poetry and creative nonfiction with Sue Walker. In addition, she has studied poetry under Marge Piercy. She has published two chapbooks, Standing Stones (2011) and A Good Season (2017). Her most recent publications appear in Birmingham Arts Journal and the Botanical Artist: Journal of American Society of Botanical Artists.