Pay Attention, Be Amazed: Writing from the Poetry of Mary Oliver

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Pay Attention, Be Amazed: Writing from the Poetry of Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet who wrote best-selling and widely-read poetry. Her work, which integrated plain language with rich imagery, was known for its careful and ecstatic attention to the natural world. In this two-hour session, we will examine some of Oliver's poems and discuss the themes of her work, as well as critiques of it. We will also complete a series of writing exercises designed to draw us deeper into a space of mindful connection with the world around us, a space from which we can practice describing, with clarity and flair, the things that make us feel awake and alive in the world.

  • Instructor: Melissa Jean

  • Length: 2 hours

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 2

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Location: Porch HQ, 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, Tenn., 37204

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About the Instructor: 

Melissa Jean is an Assistant Professor in the Mindfulness Studies masters’ program at Lesley University, where she also works as an Interdisciplinary Studies facilitator for Creative Writing MFA students. She teaches courses in academic writing, creative writing, and research methods. She received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Lesley, and a PhD in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. Her writing has appeared in The Colorado Review and a variety of online journals, including most recently The Hopper, Waxing and Waning, Junoesq, and Causeway Lit.