The speaker, and the Art of the Imaginary Real (CANCELLED!)
April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Derek Kannemeyer
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 4/4/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Not every poem is written out of personal experience, or in the writer’s own voice, or even from a point of view with which the poet agrees. As readers, we know and accept this. Poets, unlike (say) memoirists, are allowed, even expected, to blur the line between fiction and non-fiction, in their pursuit of a higher imaginative truth. As writers, do we exploit the possibilities of this extraordinary permission? Do we (and should we) impose our own limitations on it? In this generative workshop we will explore the resources of the imaginary real: of poetry in which the speaker is not the writer, but someone at various degrees of separation from the writer: from barely indistinguishable to far distant.
Derek Kannemeyer was born in Cape Town, raised in London, and has spent most of his adult life as a writer, teacher, and actor in Richmond, Virginia. He holds a BA from London University and an MA from UVA. His poetry and prose have appeared in scores of publications from Fiction International to Rolling Stone. In 2018, he won the inaugural chapbook contest offered by the Irish journal Blue Nib, in 2019 he published The Play of Gilgamesh (available for licensing from Silver Birchington Plays), and this year he has a full-length poetry collection, Mutt Spirituals, forthcoming from San Francisco Bay Press.
THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE WILL RESCHEDULE IT IN THE SUMMER/FALL.