An Explorer's Guide to Poetry
Dates: 6 Tuesdays - 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15,10/22, 10/29
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Groton-Dunstable Regional School Grounds (roomTBD)
This is a discussion and workshop to help people explore ideas (big, small and in-between) and feelings (good, bad and indeterminate) through the creative use of words. Ultimately, we want to pack your writing toolkit with the many tools of a poet. Through a series of games and exercises, over the course of 8 weeks, we'll explore what skills poets develop for the practice of their art, search for the crevices and secret places where inspiration hides, and most of all, learn how to enjoy writing poetry.
Meet the Instructor: Stephan Anstey is a constant poet who lives in Lowell, Massachusetts, with his practically-sainted-wife Ellen. He is a longtime fixture of the Lowell poetry & art scene, often attending, organizing or sharing work in and around his well-loved historic mill city. He is also the founder of the Lowell Writers Group, a long time member of the Lowell Poetry Network, and a passionate advocate for poetry in the community. In addition to the 3-5 poems Stephan writes every day, he has a studio on the 4th floor of Western Avenue Studios in Lowell where he creates illustrations, paintings, and all sorts of visual art.
He has worn many different hats, several pairs of shoes, a plethora of shirts, but mostly jeans when
it comes to pants. His work is informed by his wide assortment of travels, his two unexpectedly amazing children, his painful array of careers, his loving and obscenely large family, his insatiable curiosity, his love of animals, and the absolute certainty that he's certain of nothing except that he has every reason to be humble about every damned thing.
Anyone interested in getting to know Stephan Anstey better would be advised that, while it’s probably a bad idea, the best way to do it would be to read a few hundred of the tens of thousands of poems he has shared online over the last 25 years, or drop him a message on any of the major social media sites. Several collections of his poetry are available for sale on Amazon.com as well, including his latest collection of 300 poems entitled, "Squirrels, Turtles, Tyrannical Bastards & Fascist Pigs."