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Mind Stretchers -- In the Beginning Was the Word: Making Prayer through Poetry

January 15, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Poetry is often construed as an inaccessible art form and often avoided because of its associations with elitist thinking, but the very word "Poetry" comes to us from the Greek "Poiesis," which means "to make, maker, or to bring into existence something which was not before," which is something we’re constantly doing whether we know it or not. In this two-part session, Poets Heather Dobbins and Christian Anton Gerard will give a talk and lead a discussion about the relationship between poetry and prayer (one need only look at the psalms to find one link), and then work with attendees to make a poem and discuss the process of making both the poem and the power of sharing the word(s) with others. Heather Dobbins is the author of the poetry books River Mouth (Kelsay Books, 2017) and In the Low Houses (Kelsay Books, 2014). Dobbins is a Literacy Specialist with the Fort Smith Public School System and teaches in the English, Rhetoric and Writing program at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Christian Anton Gerard is the author of the poetry books Holdfast(C&R Press, 2017) and Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, 2014). Gerard is an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Admission: Free

Event Location and Contact Information:
Ruth Skinner Building at St. John's Episcopal Church
214 N. 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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