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April Pameticky, mother of two, shares time between her high school English classroom and the creative community of artists and writers in Kansas. She launched the Wichita Broadside Project 2017, currently serves as editor of River City Poetry, an online poetry journal, and serves as poetry editor for Voices of Kansas, a regional anthology of work from school-aged children across the state. She’s had the honor of working with many creatives for unique cross-collaboration experiences, including Anatomy of a Sea Star-Reimagined, choreographed by students from Wichita State University Dance; and Epistrophy, pairing poets with musicians for a synergistic listening experience. Most recently, she has worked ekphrastically with photographer Amanda Dickinson Pfister using Ginsberg Sentences for a winter show at the Steckline Gallery at Newman University. Her own work can be seen in journals like Malpais Review, KONZA, and Chiron Review. She is also the author of several chapbooks and her debut full-length collection, Waterbound (2019), is available from Spartan Press.
Poetry Reading that blends both the evocative reading of work, and the exploration of collaboration–exploring how collaboration has created unique opportunities to grow as an artist and poet.
April Pameticky is a full-time educator and must limit travel during the week–at least during the normal school term. Summers are more flexible.
Letting Poetry Inform Your Prose: How could the poetic lens inform your writing? Are there ways of training the ear and eye to better turn a narrative line? Sonya Chung, teacher and blogger, writes “Fiction is a Trudge, Poetry is a Dance” and that good literary fiction is “language-rich, language-precise, language-driven.” Is she right? We’ll explore some common poetry techniques that translate well into a variety of written forms, including memoir and long-form fiction.
Poet as Farmer – how journaling plants seeds of creativity: whether you ascribe to Natalie Goldberg’s Zen daily practice, or Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way, journaling can be an incredibly productive tool. But how do writers get started? Are prompts part of the process? What of word lists? When do you know that a seed might be ready for harvest? This workshop focuses specifically on fostering a daily practice to increase creativity in all aspects of life.
Discovering Yourself as Poet: Explore forms and modern meter to discover your own voice. Find power in expression and imagery. Learn about common poetic practices that foster creativity.