Thursday, February 10, 2011

Poetry Event in Manayunk on Sunday 2/13


DRAFT MRAC Hosts Valentine’s Haiku Program

Manayunk, PA (February 3, 2011) Celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center will host “The Heart of Haiku and Other Japanese Forms” on Sunday, February 13th from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Facilitated by award-winning poets Elizabeth Bodien and Marilyn Hazelton, the program will include the history and techniques of haiku, tanka and related forms, followed by an open mike. Participants will be encouraged to read their own haiku or tanka, or to read Japanese-style poems from books and journals that will be available on that day.

The world of haiku and tanka is expanding each year. These forms and others appear in online and print journals in Europe, Africa, India, Australia, as well as in Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Participants in “The Heart of Haiku…” will take away a list of resources for reading and for publishing their work if they wish to continue in this field.

Elizabeth Bodien, Kempton, Pennsylvania, has had poems in Frogpond, Ribbons, red lights, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, Eucalypt, Ribbons, bottle rockets, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Atlas Poetica, among other publications. Her most recent poetry collection isEndpapers (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

Rostered as a poet with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2000, Marilyn Hazelton teaches poetry in public and private schools in Pennsylvania. Her work includes residencies or readings in France, Japan and Morocco. Her writings include poetry, art reviews, op-eds and book reviews published regionally, nationally and internationally. She is editor of the tanka journal, red lights.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, is the coordinator of the M/RAC Reading Series and is Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal.

The afternoon literary series at the M/RAC started in the fall of1990. There is a $4 donation and, of course, refreshments are provided. For information about the program, call the MAC at 215-482-3363.

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane (rear)

Philadelphia, PA 19128

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