What happens when talented young writers are inspired by a stellar lineup of guest poets, and can “workshop” their writing together with college-age mentors and experienced arts educators? Find out at “Soundings: Book Launch and Poetry Celebration”, 7 PM on Friday, May 6 at the Winona Art Center, 228 E. 5th Street in Winona.
Join talented writers from local high schools for an evening of poetry and spoken word from their newly published collection, “Soundings”. Admission is free, and books will be available for purchase. Beverages and treats will be available.
Twin Cities poet and songwriter Diane Jarvenpa says that “Soundings brings us, through whispers and shouts, all these vivid and intelligent teen voices. Through honest witness they tell us of their dreaming of life, the pain, the shadows, and the beauty. Power and energy pulse here, as well as illuminated mystery. In the detail and in the wisdom, these writers do sing.”
Teen Voices workshops for teen poets have been happening since last September, led by Scott Lowery, Ken McCullough, and Marcia Ratliff. The Winona Community Education project has been made possible with grants from the Winona Fine Arts Commission, the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools, and the Winona Community Foundation, and additional support from Cotter High School, Bremer Bank, Merchants Bank, and Amy Nankivil.
The Winona Arts Center is a member of River Arts Alliance.