According to Tim Green, editor of Rattle, poetry doesn’t have to be grounded. If Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh can venture into another world, why not literature? Join us Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. as we venture into the speculative. What is speculative poetry? According to Haden Elgin, founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, speculative poetry is writing about “a reality that is in some way different from the existing reality.” This might include science fiction, horror, fantasy, the supernatural, superhero, utopian, dystopian, apocalyptic, or even alternate history. Community college English teacher Caroline Johnson will lead this writing workshop which will involve studying some contemporary speculative poetry, talking about the genre, and writing. Location: Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523. Call the library at [masked] to reserve a space, or contact coordinator Ryan Sauers at [masked]. There will be a modest fee of $3 to cover the cost of handouts.
Caroline Johnson has two poetry chapbooks, Where the Street Ends and My Mother’s Artwork, and has published poetry in Uproot, Chicago Tribune, The Quotable, Rambunctious Review, New Scriptor, Avocet, and others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she won 1st place in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row 2012 Poetry Contest. She has led poetry workshops for veterans, and also for local poets on such diverse themes as “Writing About Chicago” and “Poetry and Spirituality.” She teaches community college English in the Chicago area. See her blog athttp://jupiter-caroline.blogspot.com.
There is a requested 'donation' of $3 for the facilitator (Caroline) to aid in offsetting the cost of copies. Since I asked her to do this, I thought it would only be fair to offer a few dollars to offset some of her costs.