Writing History Poetry

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.

Monday, September 17 to Thursday, January 1, 1970; 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd, Trescott, ME

Contact: Carrie Callahan; 207-733-2233


Writing History Poetry

Mondays, September 17- October 1, 6:30-8pm

Writing History Poetry with Valerie Lawson & Michael Brown. History may be local and personal; we all know unique stories and local lore that contributes to the larger historical record. Drawing on our own sources, as well as historical records, we will use a process approach to help bring historical figures and events to life through poetry.

“My mind escapes a thousand things, like dates of wars and deaths of kings.”

–Rudyard Kiling

Instructors: Valerie Lawson & Michael Brown

Valerie Lawson developed an appreciation for history living in Plymouth, MA where the past is always present. Lawson’s poetry has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and on websites. Lawson’s first book, Dog Watch, from Ragged Sky Press, was released in 2007. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards. Lawson is on the board of theMaine Writers and Publishers Alliance and co-edits Off the Coast literary journal and teaches poetry at the Sunrise Senior College at the UMM with her partner, Michael Brown.

Michael R. Brown has four books of poetry. He has performed poetry, taught classes, and lectured in various world venues from the Stockholm to South Korea. Instrumental in bringing the poetry slam to New England, he created both the Cantab weekly series and the theatrical show Dr. Brown’s Traveling Poetry Show. He and his partner Valerie Lawson live in Robbinston, publish the poetry journal Off the Coast, and teach at the Sunrise Senior College at the University of Maine-Machias.

No. classes: 3 days

Ages: 12 and up

Class size: 6+

Class fee: $48

Materials fee: n/a

Special instructions: none

Registration deadline: no later than one week before class start date

A note about class fees: partial and full scholarships available by calling Carrie at 733-2233 ext. 322; we thank everyone for paying the full materials fee.