Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner will hold a series of two poetry workshops with culminating reading this June. The subject is how to separate the poet from the poem’s speaker, and registration deadline is this Friday.
“The Author vs. The Speaker: Doing what’s best for the poem” explores how to tell a story while still making poetry sing by looking at the work of both poetry masters and workshop participants.
Chosen by the Tacoma Arts Commission as this year’s poet laureate, Emmons Turner has been published in “California Quarterly,” “Floating Bridge Review,” “Backstreet Review,” “In Tahoma’s Shadow,” and other journals. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and teaches English at Clover Park High School in Lakewood.
The workshops will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 6 and 13 at the William Turner Art Studio, 2926 S. Steel St., Tacoma, with culminating reading on June 21 at Flow Gallery, 301A Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. Cost is $45, limited to 10 participants. Register by June 1 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with three poems.