Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Last Waltz


This is the third and final year of the collaboration between YVCC and Blue Begonia Press.

And what a note to go out on.

Scroll down or click here for a video preview of this year's readers.

The class meets each Monday in the Parker Room of the Deccio Building, beginning March 26th from 635-845. Sign-up for the course is on-going at http://www.yvcc.edu/. Look for English 132, Writers and Ideas, item #5122. Let me know if you need an “access code”.

As in the past, students will read and study the work of the poet one week, then hear a lecture on a topic of the poet’s choosing the next week. The lecture are followed by a public reading that you are encouraged to attend whether you can take the class or not.

Here's the lineup--

April 2nd: Central Washington University Professor Terry Martin will present her first collection of poems, The Secret Language of Women. This book is flying off shelves in Yakima and across the state, and has been selected as the book of the month by several area book clubs.

April 16th: Jim Bodeen, founder of Blue Begonia Press, retired Davis High School teacher, mentor to many writers around the state and author of numerous books, including Impulse to Love will present a lecture on: The Muse, Duende, and the Notebooks” This will be Bodeen's first solo reading in Yakima in nearly ten years.

April 30th: From Mount Vernon, Michael Daley, one of the oldest friends of the press, brings us news from Way Out There, a recently released collection of his prose from Pleasure Boat Studios.

May 21st: A very special event. We will catch up with students from Jim Bodeen's legendary Latino Literature course and the authors Seeking Light in Each Dark Room, an anthology. For students enrolled in the class, there will also be a world premiere of Seeking Light, a digital documentary by Amy Peters.

June 4th Another first—Jenifer Browne Lawrence, from Poulsbo, will conclude the series with a reading from her debut collection of poems, One Hundred Steps from Shore. She will speak on loss and grief in poetry.

For more information on the class, contact Dan Peters at dpeters@yvcc.edu.

Video Preview of 2007 Writers and Ideas