Lee Ann Roripaugh visits Bunnell

Writer Lee Ann Roripaugh visits Bunnell Street Arts Center for a residency later this month. At 6 p.m. April 15 she does a reading at Bunnell. From 7 to 9 p.m. April 22 and April 29 she does two workshops, with a 6 p.m. potluck each night, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. A $10 donation to Bunnell Street Arts Center for each workshop is appreciated. 

For the April 22 workshop, “Place and contemporary tanka, haibun, and zuihitsu,” she explores the idea of being present in place and will introduce three traditional Japanese forms in contemporary incarnations: the tanka, haibun, and zuihitsu. Workshop members will be given guidance in approaching the forms, and in generating place-based details that will make these forms sparkle and snap.

For the April 29 workshop, members will be asked to bring in and share either poems or pieces generated during the April 22 session, or any poems that they’ve written independently for a workshop discussion, with gentle critique and constructive feedback for further exploration and revision. 

Roripaugh is the author of “Beyond Heart Mountain,” which was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series; “Year of the Snake,” and “On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year.” Her writing draws on her heritage and life in the American West and explores issues of mixed-race identity, myths, Japanese fairy tales, and metaphors of transformation. For more information and to sign up, call 235-2662 or email asia@bunnellarts.org

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