New York Poet Leads Local Poetry Workshop

Renowned poet George G. Wallace shares some of his poetry at an all-day poetry workshop he led on Saturday. / Photo courtesy of Tamara Jenkinson.

Renowned poet George G. Wallace shares some of his poetry at an all-day poetry workshop he led on Saturday. / Photo courtesy of Tamara Jenkinson.

By Tamara Jenkinson, TRT Contributing Writer

Studio 299, an Artists Guild founded and based in Burnt Ranch and active in the Willow Creek area, recently sponsored an all-day Poetry Workshop led by George G. Wallace of New York.

Hosted by Suzanne Simpson and Lew Litzky at their beautiful hide-away cottage by the Trinity River, the local poets group was challenged to awaken parts of the brain often left asleep, to play with sounds and rhythms, and to let the meaning arise from the resulting flow of words.

This is Wallace’s second visit to the are. An accomplished and internationally published poet, he is well-known as one of the main organizers of the Jack Kerouac Poetry Marathon in New York. He is also editor of Poetry Bay Magazine, a well-respected on-line publication.

Local poet and Studio 299 Board Member, Mediha Saliba, reads some of her poetry at the workshop on June 10. / Photo courtesy of Tamara Jenkinson.

Local poet and Studio 299 Board Member, Mediha Saliba, reads some of her poetry at the workshop on June 10. / Photo courtesy of Tamara Jenkinson.

Wallace’s style of reading is very engaging and entertaining. He draws in his audience with surprising turns of words, images in unusual combinations, juxtapositions of quiet spirit and rough and tumble scenes. What emerges is an honest reflection of life which wakes up the listener to the adventure of their own soul journey.

Wallace will be returning again next year in late July or August. Those interested in being notified of the date can join Studio 299 Center for the Arts by e-mailing studio299@hughes.net.

 

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