with Jack Ridl
$100, Lunch included
In this writing workshop we will have fun, have a good time, make your day meaningful. We will work/play with your personal experiences and explore many ways to merge them with a range of connections to the historical, off-beat to surprising juxtapositions, information from other sources, to the mundane in ways anything but mundane, settings, the past, the future, to personal mythology, to what on the surface appears unrelated, to whatever!
Jack Ridl's latest collection is Saint Peter and the Goldfinch. His last three books received national poetry book of the year awards, and his collection Against Elegies was selected by then Poet Laureate of the U.S. Billy Collins for the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award. Winner of the Gary Gildner Prize for Poetry, Jack was honored by the Literacy Society of West Michigan for his "lifetime of work for poetry literacy," and the Poetry Society of Michigan named him "Honorary Chancellor," only the second poet so honored. Jack and his wife Julie founded the Visiting Writers Series at Hope College. More than ninety of his former students are now published authors, several having won national first book awards. Naomi Shihab Nye has written that Jack "is a superstar in the realm of compassionate, transporting, life-changing poetry." and National Book Award recipient Terrance Hayes wrote, "Ridl never fails to illuminate."