Arts news Sept. 15

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.

Poetry workshop

BELFAST — Are you ready to give your poems some tough love? Feeling stuck or bored with where you are in your writing? Local poet Arielle Greenberg will offer “Taking Your Poems to the Next Level: A Holistic Approach,” a one-day workshop 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15, in the conference room at Belfast Public Library as part of the Belfast Poetry Festival.

Participants will be guided toward breakthroughs with Greenberg’s original “contract model” critique method, experimental writing exercises and insightful readings of your work. The intense workshop will be a safe, playful yet rigorous space to imagine new ways to approach poem-making. The workshop is for poets at any level of experience, but poets should feel eager for honest and serious critique.

Acceptance is by submission only. To apply, submit three to five recent poems pasted into one Word document of no longer than seven pages, along with a one-page letter describing where you are in your poetry and where you’d like to go next, to Arielle Greenberg by email to ariellecg@yahoo.com or by mail to: 79 Cedar St., Belfast ME 04915. Acceptance will be based on perceived potential and willingness to grow and play. Submissions are due by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Poets will be notified about acceptance by Friday, Sept. 30. The workshop will be limited to six to 10 students so that everyone gets individual attention. The cost is $25. Make payable to the Belfast Poetry Festival and you will be given an address to send the poems to if you are accepted.

The workshop will be led by poet and critic Arielle Greenberg, author of several volumes of poetry, and co-editor of several poetry anthologies, including “Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days.” She recently left her position as associate professor in the Poetry Program at Columbia College Chicago, where she taught graduate and undergraduate workshops, to move to Maine. She has taught poetry workshops at the University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and elsewhere. She plans to offer small writing workshops and individual instruction in her home.

Aboriginal art display

LIBERTY — The Aborigines of Australia passed down their rites, traditions and religion through artistic representation. Such artwork, collected by Liberty native Douglas Banks during his many years living in Australia, will be on display through September at the Liberty Library. A guide book will available to explain the symbolism of the art, and describe the lives of the artists. Call the library at 589-3161 for more information.

Call for artists

WISCASSET — The Maine Art Gallery has put out a call for artists for its exhibit, “All Things Wet.” Three submissions may be dropped off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the gallery, 15 Warren St. The fee is $15 gallery members, $25 others. Fine art dealers Gordon and Mary Nicoll will serve as jurors. The exhibit will run through Oct. 23. For more information, visit http://www.maineartgallery.org/ or call 882-7511.

Painting demonstration

WISCASSET — Sign up for a painting demonstration by American Watercolor Society artist Carlton Plummer set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Maine Art Gallery. For more information or to make a reservation, email info@maineartgallery.org or call 882-7511. The cost is $10 gallery members, $15 others.

Call for writers

WALDOBORO — Goose River Press is accepting submissions for its Goose River Anthology 2012. It also is accepting full-length manuscripts. For submission guidelines and more information, call 832-6665 or email gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com.

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