Encouragement and Inspiration
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Each person’s life is a contribution to the human experience. How we reflect on the events of our lives and find meaning in them was the subject of this workshop. Each person has his or her own unique story to tell.
Harry Serio has recently written a book, The Dwelling Place of Wonder, a spiritual memoir, and encourages persons to explore their own lives. He is working on his next book, The Other Side of Memory.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Many inspirations provide the spark that ignites us into language, but one that sometimes overlooked is—language itself! Yes! Reading provides the occasion to set us spinning into our memories, meditations, imaginations. Just as listening to music can set composers off into fresh harmonic journeys, or tasting a delicious recipe can spur a good chef into his or her never-tasted before concoctions, in this workshop, we’ll use selected literary texts as the fuel for our own creative compositions.
Philip Terman is the author of five books of poetry, including Our Portion: New and Selected Poems, The Torah Garden, and Rabbis of the Air. Poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Sun Magazine, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. As well, his poems have appeared on the PBS show The Writer’s Almanac and on Poetry Daily. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Nimwa Press in Damascus, Syria, and his poems have provided the text for several orchestral arrangements. He’s a professor of English at Clarion University, where he directs the Spoken Art Reading Series, co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and is the coordinator of The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA.