has inspired poets and writers for 45 years. Her books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love (poetry), and the groundbreaking The Courage to Heal. She teaches at Pacific University's MFA program.
There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. -Martha Graham
“This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources: attention, courage, precision, imagination,” says Ellen Bass. “We’ll strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and alive and we’ll learn strategies to help us write poems whose form, music, rhythm, diction, and meaning work together to bring new poems into being. We'll read model poems by contemporary poets and discuss specific aspects of the craft. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks.