Words Coming Alive: On Reading and Writing

Thu. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904


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Maud Casey (The Art of Mystery), Mark Edmundson (The Heart of the Humanities), and Gregory Orr (A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry) discuss their work, which  encourages both writers and readers to delve into the intricate and deeply rewarding process of reading and creating poetry and prose.

Why should you attend?

“[Casey’s] slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters.”―Kirkus Reviews

“[Edmundson’s] especially good on the importance of a writer finding his/her voice and he offers plenty of encouragement. This book is very much a pep talk. The author is an optimistic, enthusiastic cheerleader on the sideline, encouraging us to sit down and try.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke’s ‘My Papa’s Waltz’ and Robert Hayden’s ‘Those Winter Sundays,’ the Primer encourages young writers to approach their “thresholds”―those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems.” ―W.W. Norton