6:30 PM18:30

Poetry with Ben Leubner

80.00 120.00

If you missed the first session, don't fret! There is still a chance to join in this workshop. During the first session we covered the basic structure of a poem. During the next two sessions, we will work on developing our own writing skills. You will need to write two poems to bring. We will be sharing our work and discussing ways to be more effective with our writing. You don't need to have any experience to join, just bring your curiosity! 

Workshop Description:

In this 3 part workshop we'll be looking at some of the more technical components of poetry, which often get overlooked these days in favor of more free expression. What we'll discover, however, is that careful attention to form and technique, far from limiting freedom, actually enable it. The old saying applies here: the better you know the rules, the more effectively you can break them. Among other things, we'll cover the basics of meter, expand our conception of rhyme, discuss lineation and enjambment, and marvel over how paying attention to these characteristics of poetry allows us to suddenly say things we wouldn't have known how to say had we simply been writing "freely."

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About the teacher:

Ben Leubner received his Ph.D. in Literature from Northeastern University in 2009, where he focused primarily on poetry written in English. He has written on several poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jorie Graham, Derek Walcott, and Frank Bidart.  He now teaches at MSU, where he has offered several creative writing workshops on poetic meter and form and literature courses dedicated exclusively to the study of poetry.

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3:30 PM15:30

Wildflower Essences with Rachel Burgos

Historically the desert has been a place for people to find spiritual clarity. Its geography is vast and expansive leaving us much room for opening and focus. Many believe the desert is a barren place where nothing can survive. Those who have spent time in a desert in spring know it is a diverse landscape peppered with beautiful biodiversity and wildflowers.

Clinical herbalist, Rachel Burgos, joins us from Los Angeles, CA. She has recently moved to LA from Joshua Tree where she spent the last 4 years. In this class we will connect with the spiritual energy of the desert through desert wildflower essences. We will learn the properties of a few desert essences, meditate, and craft our own custom flower essence blends to our needs.

The desert is a powerful place of potent medicine. The plants that thrive in the desert show us the path of resilience. Come learn how to integrate these energies into your life as allies.

Supplies needed: notebook, pen, something comfortable to meditate in.

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About the Teacher:

Rachel Burgos is an herbalist who has just moved to LA from Joshua Tree, California! She dedicates her clinical work to provide preventative health care and education using plant, stone, animal & earth medicines in a holistic way. This involves focusing on the patterns of imbalance we create through various traumas, ancestral patterning for both chronic and acute, emotional, physical or spiritual imbalances. Her work is centered in social justice, activism, and healing for not only humans but the greater ecology.

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3:00 PM15:00

Bundle Dyeing with Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis

Learn how to use flowers, kitchen waste, and plant materials to create color on fabric in a unique and sustainable way. This workshop goes over protein and cellulose fibers, dye plants, folding techniques and textile applications. A large silk square scarf and 2 cotton napkins are provided. Students are invited to bring other small pieces of fabric or clothing items to dye (white, natural fibers work best). 

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About the Artist:

Alayna is a textile artist and designer who works with natural fibers and plant dyes in her art practice as well as her collection of one of a kind clothing. Trained through a residency at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, Alayna has a breadth of knowledge in weaving, quilting, screenprinting, and dyeing. You can view samples of her work here. She is currently an MFA candidate at MSU.

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5:00 PM17:00



Wilder Goods celebrates the opening of its Textile Art Studio by sharing a movement installation composed of dance, poetry, and weaving. 

With creative direction by Dana Albertson, Melissa Dawn, Mariah Palmer, Alayna Rasile-Digrindakisand local dancers. 

This a durational performance lasting from 5-8pm. Feel free to come and go as you please. 

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