ONLINE Movements in Poetry: The Beats
The Beats. You know who I mean — those notorious poets in black turtlenecks and berets, banging bongos and snapping fingers in cartoons like The Flintstones. But wait. Who were the real poets the cliche were based on… and where are their berets? In this one-day workshop, we explore The Beats: how they came to be, who the major poets of the movement were, what they wrote, and, most importantly, the effect society had on their work — and the effect their work had on society (and in many ways, still does today). We’ll also do some writing, of course! Anticipate fun prompts that help you tap into your inner Diane di Prima and write beatifically like the cool cat you are, mommy-o. (Did someone mention Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti? Oh yes, we’ll talk about them too!)
This is an interactive online workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
Laurie Anne Fuhr is a poet and musician based in Calgary, Alberta. Her first poetry collection night flying was published by Frontenac House in 2018. Her work has also appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies such as Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (Foundation for Public Poetry, Montreal), Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (Broken Jaw Press 2000), THIS Magazine, and Freefall. Laurie has been a poetry instructor with Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary for the last five years, and has been an AWCS member for many more.