The Doctor Is In: Poetry Options at the 2008 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Like the prose workshops, workshops space in the poetry offerings at the 2008 Port Townsend Writers’ Scenic_beach_2 Conference have been going fast! The Kim Addonizio workshop is already full, and there are only two spaces left in the Gary Lilley workshop.

In order to give participants more poetry workshops, we have added two special afternoon workshops, one with poet Peter Pereira, and one with poet Jeannine Hall Gailey.

Peter Pereira, who is a family physician in Seattle, has released two books with Copper Canyon Press: Saying the World, and What’s Written on the Body. His poems have appeared in such magazines as Prairie Schooner and the Virginia Quarterly Review, and appeared in the 2007 Best American Poetry anthology.

Pereira will be leading afternoon workshops Monday, July 14 and Wednesday, July Peter_pereira_216 on "Line Ends/Line Breaks" in which he discusses the many ways to end and/or break a line, and how to use each to its maximal effect in a poem. Each workshop will end with a brief exercise for participants to practice what they have learned.

Tuesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 17, Jeannine Hall Gailey will lead workshops on writing haiku and haibun forms of poems.

All of these afternoon workshops are free for those who are registered for a core morning workshop, and at a special rate for those who just want to take these workshops.