Co-VPs: Andree Graveley & Nancy Austin
Dates: November 10-11, 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point
1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: (715) 344-0200
POETRY & MYSTICISM:
When the Phoenix is Fire
Deepen your appreciation of Islamic culture, especially its mysticism and ecstatic poetry.
A Friday night presentation on Islamic faith and culture, plus our featured Saturday speakers (see below).
Featured Presenter: Coleman Barks
Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers's poetry special, "Fooling with Words." Coleman Barks is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of five. He lives in Athens, Georgia.
With Lisa Star
Lisa Starr is a former Rhode Island Poet Laureate and the founder of the Block Island Poetry Project. Starr is also a mother of two teenagers, an innkeeper of Block Island's Hygeia House, a teacher, a coach, and a poet. She served as poet laureate from 2008 to 2013, and she is the two-time recipient of a Rhode Island Fellowship for Poetry. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, which have appeared in a variety of journals and publications over the last two decades. Her Block Island Poetry Project is in its 11th year, taking place from April 10th thru the 13th.
More details about the conference will follow.
At every conference during the general session there are designated times for poetry "roll call." All attendees are invited to come forward to share a poem with the group. Typically shorter poems work best, especially if they do not require a lot of explanation. Bring your best!
Generally the WFOP holds a conference in the spring and fall. We aim for late April/early May or late October/early November. However, holidays, local events, and anticipated weather conditions can occasionally trump those dates.
Eighty to a hundred of the state's most passionate poets gather to engage in workshops, readings, open mics, book fairs and a banquet/awards ceremony.
Writing is a solitary journey. Make connections on the way. We're a room of writing friends you haven't met yet. Hope to see you there!
The seven WFOP regions take turns hosting the conferences. The conferences generally run from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon.
April 27 & 28, 2018 ** Save the Date **
VP: Christina Kubasta
VP: Tori Grant Welhouse
VP: Sandra Lindow