2017-04/22 Ordinary Subjects – Extraordinary Poems with Molly Larson Cook
If there was still any question, Nancy Willard’s wonderful poem “A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God” lets us know that beautiful poems can be written about the most ordinary of things: hinges, rakes, glues, glaze. Moon and June are still candidates for poetry as are love and lost love, summer breezes and walks on the beach, but don’t let yourself be limited by abstract subjects for your poems when there’s a world of concrete subjects around you just begging to be celebrated. This workshop will introduce poets who have taken on the ordinary world and woven it into magic, and then give you the opportunity to weave your own magic from ordinary subjects. Beginning writers are welcome and will be treated with TLC.
Molly Larson Cook believes what author Louis Auchincloss wrote about a writer’s life being his or her capital, and she’s tried to gather as much of that capital as possible. She’s an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and writing coach now based in San Diego. She has an M.A in English/Creative Writing and also did graduate work in linguistics, theatre and visual art in the Northwest, Maine and Manhattan. She was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She’s taught writing and literature workshops and classes in universities on both coasts and privately with classes for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her eclectic background includes public speaking, summer stock, a dinner with Vincent Price, consulting projects that took her to interesting places where a hard hat was required, and hanging out in jazz and blues establishments on both coasts whenever possible. Her jazz novel, Listen, was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, On Our Way to Somewhere, in 2002. She lives in Old Town and is currently engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego, and she blogs about jazz and art at http://jazzycookie.wordpress.com and http://artulips.wordpress.com.