NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Youth Writing Project is bringing “Poemics” to North Liberty. This free program fuses poetry with comics, university with community, and youth with writing and reading.
Available to junior high and high school students, the sessions will be held at the North Liberty Community Library, recreation center meeting rooms G2 and G4, from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 10, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. There will be a final event in downtown Iowa City during the weekend of Oct. 8. Register online at: www.iywp.org .
Participants will use the comic-strip form as an unexpected tool for “close reading” of classic poems, unlocking their own potential as readers, writers, and artists. Rather than rushing to try to summarize what a poem is about (which is the test-taking mentality that often scares readers away from poetry), we’ll explore the specifics of what makes poetry wild and wondrous, letting poems keep their madness and mystery while gaining some insight into how the language of poetry moves (and moves us). By the end of the workshop, we’ll have created our own “poemics” or poem-strips, poem/comic hybrids that will be published in book form and displayed at an event for family, friends, and the community during the “Comics, Creativity, and Culture: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives” symposium at the University of Iowa the weekend of Oct. 8.
Enrollment is limited, so sign up now. To register for this program, please visit www.iywp.org/?page_id=454  and register online. Although scheduling conflicts occur, please plan to attend all four workshop dates if you register. Questions? Email email@example.com  or call 319-804-9979.