01/04 Photo Poems with Howard Pflanzer
Fun class for poets of all levels with new instructor!
Enjoy taking digital snapshots? Bring your poetic camera. Do a photo shoot in words. The participants in this workshop will explore the creation of photo poems. These are short poetic responses to scenes from daily life: on the street, at home, on the job, at a performance or traveling on the road. These poems, rhymed or in free verse, create a compact portrait of a person, a place, a work of art, or a moment in a performance. The workshop will stimulate participants to remember poetic images capturing them in words. As part of the session we will examine a selection of photo poems by a variety of contemporary writers.
Students can bring a camera if they wish, but snapshots are not necessary. Participants will be writing poems during the workshop session inspired by pictures in their mind’s eye and an exploration of what they see around them. Poets of all levels are encouraged.
Howard Pflanzer is a poet and playwright. He has performed his edgy short poetic plays and poetry, Dead Birds or Avian Blues, (published by Fly By Night Press in 2011) at the Living Theatre, Theaterlab, A Gathering of the Tribes, KGB, LaMaMa and the Cornelia Street Café in New York. Featured poet in November 2013 of The Poetry Company. Fulbright Scholar in theatre (spring 2003) in India where he directed the world premiere of The Terrorist at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai. His award winning plays and musicals have been performed at La MaMa (The House of Nancy Dunn with Steve Weisberg/Andy Craft), Playwrights Horizons, Symphony Space, Medicine Show, Kraine Theater (Cocaine Dreams), The Living Theatre and broadcast over WBAI and WNYC FM. His multi-media theatre piece, Alien, created in collaboration with Teatr Palmera Eldritcha in Poland was presented at the 2011 Malta International Theatre Festival and has been invited to appear at LaMaMa. Winner of a Play Commission in Jewish Theatre from NFJC (Jersey Nights at Medicine Show), a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, two ASCAP Awards, a Puffin Foundation grant and co-winner of an NEA Media Arts grant for the opera, Dream Beach (with Michael Sahl). Residencies: VCCA, Ragdale Foundation and Fundacion Valparaiso. MFA (Yale School of Drama).
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