2017-04/29 Poetry with a Twist with Molly Larson Cook
From early poets to the most contemporary, many of the poems that catch our hearts and minds, that make us smile at the irony or sigh or maybe even gasp are those with some kind of twist. The poetic twist comes not at the beginning of a poem but at the end. The strongest poems have them but the craft is in building the twist into the poem from the beginning, not adding it like a bombshell at the end. This workshop will introduce the work of poets particularly skilled in the twist. You’ll have the opportunity to work on one or two poems in class and handouts will be provided for further work on your own. 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.