Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Giving Voice to Convictions

Instructor: Joyce Brinkman
Date: Sunday, October 13
Time:  1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $85.95 nonmembers, $58.95 members, $52.95 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
*Cost includes a copy of the book

Join Indiana Poet Laureate Emerita for a discussion and writing workshop using her new book of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems in the Literary Portals to Pray series. Discussion will focus on three Browning poems and their accompanying scriptures from the modern, and plain-spoken translation of "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language" by Eugene H. Peterson. Besides the ability of these selections to be portals to prayer, they also serve as interesting portals to discussion on topics of importance in Barrett-Browning's time and ones which she courageously championed through her poetry. Her poetry and life have much to say about women's rights, social responsibility, and the necessity of writing. These and her position on slavery all have implications for writers in our time.  Whether you have a strong religious practice or none, these readings and discussions will spark thoughts about issues of the day in a cordial atmosphere. After serving as portals to discussion, the readings will be used as springboards to a courageous poem or two of our own, either in class or later on your own.

Registration fee includes a copy of the book to take home. The limit on attendance for this class is 12, so register early.

Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate 2002-2008, believes in poetry as public art. She creates public poetry projects involving her poetry and the poetry of others. Collaborations with visual artists using her poetry for permanent installations include her words in a twenty-five foot stained glass window by British glass artist Martin Donlin at the Indianapolis International Airport, in lighted glass by Arlon Bayliss at the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library and on a wall with local El Salvadoran artists in the town square of Quezaltepeque, El Salvador. 

Her printed works include two chapbooks, Tiempo Español, and Nine Poems In Form Nine, and two collaborative books, Rivers, Rails and Runways, and Airmail from the Airpoets from San Francisco Bay Press, with fellow "airpoets" Ruthelen Burns, Joe Heithaus, and Norbert Krapf. 

Joyce has received fellowships from the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Vermont Studio.  She received a 2013 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to explore poetry with the orangutans at the Indianapolis Zoo, and an Arts In The Park Grants from IAC for 2016 and 2017.

Her latest books include the multinational, multilingual book Seasons of Sharing A Kasen Renku Collaboration, from Leapfrog Press and Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets from San Francisco Bay Press, which she co-edited with Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Joyce organized the collaborative poems for the Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Book Mapping the Muse. Her latest public art project is in Martinsville, Indiana, featuring poetry she wrote inspired by the life and words of UCLA basketball coach and Hoosier native John Wooden.  She is a graduate of Hanover College. Joyce divides her time between Zionsville, Indiana, with her husband and a cantankerous cat and her writing retreat in West Palm Beach Florida. You can download a free microchap book by her at www.origamipoems.com/poets/376-joyce-brinkman.

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