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“Home or Homeless” — A Poetry Writing Workshop with Rennie McQuilkin

Join us on Thursday, January 12th, 7-9 PM, when Riverwood presents a writing workshop led by Connecticut State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin. He will show a short presentation from Jake Anderson’s book, Homeless Souls, and then will invite participants to write poetry inspired by the experience. Says McQuilkin: “Beginning my search for the truth about the homeless, I felt sorry for these people—poor, dirty, cold, unlucky, addicted, hurting. . . My attitude changed with exposure. I began to see individuals simply existing. Surviving. No better or worse than the rest of us. We are all souls, many without roots. We are all Human Beings.” Bring a notebook and pen or pencil, and come prepared to write!

This workshop takes place in the Program Center of the Universalist Church of West Hartford (433 Fern Street, West Hartford).  Please enter the building through the glass doors on the side of the building.  The Program Center is located a short flight of stairs up from the parking lot level.

Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments and conversation.  The workshop will start promptly at 7 PM!  While there will not be the usual open mic, participants may have the opportunity to read aloud what they write during the workshop.

This workshop is free, but a voluntary donation of $5 would be gratefully accepted.

About the Poet:

Rennie McQuilkin, current Connecticut State Poet Laureate, is one of the founders of The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The author of fourteen poetry collections, he is the recipient of many poetry awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as its 2010 poetry award for The Weathering: New and Selected Poems. His most recent books are Going On: New and Collected Poems and A Quorum of Saints.