Date: 1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 2/25, 3/2
Format: Armory Youth Project, Manistee
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Class Size: 8-12
Grade Level: Middle School, 6-8th grades
Through free-writing, play, risk-taking and quiet reflection, we’ll discover new ways to use our distinct voices. Together, we’ll study contemporary poets as models for student writing. This class is for all levels of experience. Students will have opportunities to workshop and revise in class, as well as practice reading aloud in front of an audience of peers. We’ll learn how creative-expression can be a source of encouragement and meaning in our lives.
About: Lauren Carlson
Lauren K. Carlson is a poet and spiritual director living in Manistee, Michigan. Her chapbook Animals I Have Killed won Comstock Review’s Chapbook Prize in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Salamander Magazine, Terrain, The Windhover, and Waxwing among many others. Carlson’s critical writing has been featured in publications such as Pleiades, The Rumpus, and Ploughshares. In 2022 she won the Levis Stipend from Friends of Writers for her manuscript in progress. Her writing has been supported by Tin House, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Artplace America, and the Collegeville Institute. She currently serves as editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.