‘Finding the Poet in You’ at the Southington Library

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This two-session poetry workshop is designed as an introduction to the joyful abundance of poetry in our lives, so that we may all benefit from the beauty around us and within us, and realize the beauty we create ourselves. Beginning with an introduction to famous poets and poems and the tools utilized in the craft of writing, you’ll learn how emotion is recreated on the page.

Award winning poet and educator, Pat Mottola will lead the “Finding the Poet in You” workshops, co-sponsored by The Southington Arts Council. Join Pat Thursday, April 2, and April 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is required for this series because seating is limited. To register for each workshop visit www.southingtonlibrary.org and click on the calendar or contact the Reference/Information desk at 860-628-0947 x 5.

Writing allows you to be whoever you want to be, absorb the world around you and turn it into poetry. Be prepared to put on a lot of masks – you can be a mad girl, a circus freak, a Vietnam veteran, Barbie, Mother Theresa, a carnival barker, a Japanese woman on the day Hiroshima was hit – and learn how people deal with what seems intolerably difficult, terrible, or wonderful. You’ll receive a packet of handouts illustrating best examples of the power of poetry. You will, of course, also have an opportunity to write and receive feedback on your own work. And, you are welcome to merely sit and listen and enjoy.

Pat Mottola earned her M.S. in Art Education as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University, where she currently teaches Creative Writing. An award winning poet, her work has been published in numerous journals including War, Literature & the Arts, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag and Caduceus, She is the winner of the Leo Connellan Poetry Prize, and the John Holmes Award.  In addition to SCSU, she teaches art and poetry to Senior Citizens. Pat serves on the Board of Directors of the CT Poetry Society, and is editor of Connecticut River Review. She is most proud of her latest endeavor, mentoring Afghan women with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. http://awwproject.org/

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