Vermont River Conservancy hosts river-themed poetry workshops around region

The Vermont River Conservancy will offer free, river-themed poetry workshops throughout Windham County this March and April. Workshops will be held at the following locations:

• Wednesday, March 6: Putney Public Library, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Thursday, March 7: Rockingham Free Public Library, 3 to 5 p.m.

• Monday, March 18: South Londonderry Free Library, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Tuesdays, March 26 – April 23: Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 12 to 2 p.m.

• Thursday, April 11: Dover Free Library, noon to 2 p.m.

"In Vermont, we know that rivers, like people - like communities - are complex," organizers said in a new release. "Calm pools, churning riffles. Steady periods of baseflow, floods that inspire awe and grief. Meanders, bends, sandy shores and rocky ones, floodplain forests, peaceful coves, rushing waters and trickling streams. Rivers are places to wander solo and to gather, to process and to play, to think and to empty our minds, to steady ourselves, and to embrace change."

With these themes in mind, the Conservancy put together this five-week workshop series around Windham Counry "to create space for connections with nuance and depth - both within our community of readers and writers, and between us and our riverlands."

Participants will read pieces from diverse styles, cultures, and time periods, including many from Vermont. After sharing the reflections that these poems provoke, and talking through the poetic craft moves that make them tick, participants will then set off to write and see what might be discovered in the process.

For more information and to sign up, visit Walk-ins are also welcome.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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