Poetry as Journey: A Workshop with Bill Brown

Since to journey is to travel from one place to another, most of life’s important journeys take place at home. As we age we journey from innocence to experience, from ignorance to knowledge, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. The pivotal moments in our lives—our dreams, losses, loves—our work, play and faith—all become journeys to another place, whether concrete, symbolic or imagined. Often stories of grand journeys are those told to us by family and neighbors, but become our journeys as well. All of us have a wealth of important journeys. Come prepared to discuss journey poems, brainstorm and discover the pivotal journeys in your lives and in the lives of the members of your communities.

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $50
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown (1323 6th Ave. N.)

About the Instructor:

Bill Brown, who grew up in Dyersburg, Tennessee, is the author of five collections of poetry, three chapbooks and a writing textbook on which he collaborated with Malcolm Glass. His latest collections are The News Inside (Iris Press, 2010) and Late Winter (Iris Press, 2008). During the past twenty years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. In 1999 Brown wrote and co-produced the Instructional Television Series, Student Centered Learning, for Nashville Public Television. He holds a degree in history from Bethel College and graduate degrees in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and George Peabody College. From 1983 to 2003, Brown directed the writing program at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville. Upon his retirement, he accepted a part-time lecturer’s position at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 1995 the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named him Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and twice the recipient of the Smith-Corona Award for entering the best student writing in the National Scholastic Writing Awards. In 2011 the Tennessee Writers Alliance awarded Brown Writer of the Year. He and his wife Suzanne live in the hills of Robertson County with a tribe of cats. 

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